Author: Abigail Haas (Website | Twitter)
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…
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This was actually the first Abigail Haas book I wanted to read, the one that initially reeled me in like a fish on a hook with that wonderful blurb and gorgeous cover. Of course, when I realized she had also previously release Dangerous Girls, I had to read that one first and, let me tell you, it BLEW MY MIND. So I expected nothing short of amazing and mind bending and awesome from this one. It definitely delivered and I can't believe I didn't see what happened coming because I was totally waiting for it the whole time. Like, how does Abigail do this?!? Every single time I finish one of her books, I'm left sitting there like an idiot, mouth hanging open and eyes wide in shock, until I finally gather myself and reread the last couple of pages because no, no way, I couldn't have read the right...no...no....what?!?! How?!?!? Basically, my brain is like putty in the hands of this woman and will believe almost anythings she writes out and releases to the world.
The one thing that I do find whenever I read one of her books, is that I don't particularly enjoy her main characters. Like, I find them extremely interesting and flawed and engaging but there's no way in hell I'd ever find myself spending time with them. Chloe, our main character, was no different. While she wasn't necessarily mean or nasty, there was just something about the way to was around the two boys that turned me off from her. The two boys, however, I very much liked (but was also creeped out by) because they were so...well, dangerous and interesting and mysterious and I wanted to know everything about them. Particularly Oliver. He grabbed my attention from the moment he stepped onto the page.
I don't want to say too much about the overall plot because I don't want to spoil this amazingness for anyone. But just trust me when I tell you that Abigail Haas is a master of weaving tricky, slippery, and unpredictable stories. I'm so so SO excited to see what she has in store for us next. I have no doubt it will leave me just as shocked as this one has.
Sometimes, the only thing to do was burn the whole fucking world down and start again.”