Dangerous Boys is an intense romantic thriller, written by Abigail Haas.
When three teens venture into an abandoned estate late one night, only two emerge from the burning building hours later. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding, and the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. Which brother survives? Was his death simply a tragic accident, or something more malicious? Could it have been self-defence? Or was it murder?
Chloe is the only one who has the answers to everything. As more and more people start demanding the truth from her, she struggles to piece together the story of what led up to the fire. It’s a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces…
Dangerous Boys was such a thrilling read. I was caught up in the story from the first page. I absolutely loved the way this book is written. Every word was used to perfection and every sentence made me feel something, whether it was love, hate or whether it made my heart hammer in my chest. This book was incredibly gripping. I ended up finishing this book in a day just because it was too hard to put down! I didn’t want to close the book at all. I loved the beautifully written characters, the plot was intense and exciting, and the pacing was perfect. This book is split into being written from the past, the end and the present. I loved reading from the three different parts because it made the story more alluring and also made some of the characters questionable in their actions. Each chapter is told from one of three times and although it could feel a little jumpy, I liked that because it was all so thrilling to read and there was not one dull scene in the book.
This story is fundamentally about three main people – Chloe, Ethan and Oliver – and their complicated relationships and treacherous jealousies. Family is an important theme in this book. The relationships their characters have with their family are very important. Firstly, Chloe lives with her mum, who struggles to keep afloat in a detrimental depression that stops her from doing a lot of things. Chloe tries her best to help in every way that she can, but she ultimately feels as though her mum is the anchor tying her to this small town she lives in. Her mum is her excuse that she doesn’t just pack her bags and leave forever. Ethan and Oliver are brothers with an unstable relationship – its as though they never know where they stand with each other. There’s underlying tension between them and they are both jealous of what the other has. I loved watching the relationship between Ethan and Oliver change throughout the book. Loyalty is another major theme in this book. It shows how people have to build trust between one another and how the mountain of trust between people can completely crumble down with just one disloyal act.
I really loved the characters in this book. Chloe was a really relatable character. She’s a girl who had hopes of leaving her small town and going to collage with her best friend in a new place with a new life. Her dreams of that all came crashing down, and now she was stuck in her town, working hard to try and save enough money to hopefully leave in the near future. However, Chloe is the type of person who cannot be completely understood. There’s a part of her that’s totally unpredictable and completely uncontrollable. This side of her was fascinating to read about. That part of her often made her thoughts and actions questionable, and sometimes it was hard to trust what she was actually saying. I loved this aspect of the book because it meant I was constantly questioning her moves for possible motives. She was a really interesting character and I loved getting to know her, but I feel like I didn’t get to know her completely, which was excitingly different.
Ethan was an unusual character. Most of the time, I fall head-over-heals for the main love interest in books. Ethan was a seemingly sweet guy who could be trusted. But the alternating chapters of the past, the end and what was happening now made his actual personality questionable. He was portrayed in lots of different lights in this book and it was difficult to make a firm judgement on what he was really like. Oliver was an enticing character. Everything about him made me want to get to know him and his past more. He could pretend to be nice and sweet at times, but there was always that darkness lurking just beneath the surface. I loved never knowing if I could trust him or not because it kept me guessing and held my undying attention.
The love triangle in this book could be viewed as a little bit predictable, but I liked it nonetheless. The rivalry between the two brothers for Chloe was fun to watch. But the love triangle was such a major and necessary part of this book, and the book wouldn’t be the same without it. I completely loved the ending of this book. It’s not completely closed, so it leaves a lot of room for imagining what happens next.
Overall, I absolutely loved reading Dangerous Boys. It was fast-paced and thrilling – and completely unputdownable! I’d give Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas a score of 9 out of 10. I definitely recommend this book!
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!