Published: August 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copy Provided by: Borrowed
It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house 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 the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces ...
I was sent an ARC of Beautiful Girls back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit of a whodoneit mystery and right up until the end, you were never really sure if they were sending the right person to jail. I was reading a blog recently and Abigail Haas was mentioned. I didn't even realize that she had written a follow up book last year in a similar vein.
If you are looking for a psychological thriller, this is sure to keep you entertained. Things are slow to build up as we meet Chloe who is just barely making it through life. With a broken family and having to support her mother who is suffering from a mental breakdown, she has no one to turn to. She ends up isolating herself until Ethan comes into her life and offers her a reprieve. He is like a beacon and offers her normalcy. He doesn't judge or criticize and she slowly opens up to him but as awesome as he is, there is something missing in their relationship. He is just too safe, too nice and maybe a wee bit boring...that is until Oliver, Ethan's brother shows up. And Chloe is drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
Beautiful Boys is a dark novel. Very dark. If you have read or watched Gone Girl, think of Chloe as Amy's little sister. I was surprised at how twisted this story got but I just kept reading. I couldn't stop. I wonder if you can too...it was highly enjoyable. Do it. If you don't want to be a little bit bad then you can at least read about it.
I would also recommend Abigail's other title - Beautiful Girls.
Oh, and for those of you who might be recommending Dangerous Boys, please be aware that there is language and sexual content. Not recommended to a younger audience.