Book Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

May 20, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 1

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Fever by Megan AbbottThe Fever by Megan Abbott
Published by Little on Expected publication: June 17th 2014
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
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The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, The Fever affirms Megan Abbot's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation" (Laura Lippman).

My thoughts

Un freaking putdownable! I stayed up until I couldn’t keep my eyes open and even when I put this down I kept thinking about it. It drove me crazy because I just could not place what was going on! 25% in and I couldn’t figure it out. 50% in and I still couldn’t figure it out!

What kept me wanting to read? The fact that this is eerie! Like old school serious horror where you don’t want to look around the corner because you just know, you KNOW a monster is going to be there but you have to look anyway. It’s that kind of thrilling, existing, heart palpitating, tangible horror that will keep you away at night!

I was immediately sucked in from page one because although there isn’t any actual real horror going on, there is this subtle intensity that just keeps ratcheting up throughout the entire book. I kept putting the clues together and tried to figure out what was causing the issue but nothing made any sense. I just had to keep reading and even at the end I just couldn’t believe it but it all makes sense.

I really like the characters in this one. I was able to connect with them immediately, and this is probably one portion of the book that drew me in the most. We get to see from various point of views so we can see what is going on in this one family but not really anywhere else. I just wanted the lens of the point of view to back out a bit so I could see better! And I’m sure the characters wanted the same thing!

The way Megan is able to string her audience along is fabulous. I was so creeped out that I could not put the book down and read it in record time. I love her writing and her ability to keep so many secrets at bay while at the same time giving small clues that lead the reader to believe the exact opposite of what is really happening! It’s brilliant. I also really just enjoyed her way of writing. It’s very lyrical and had me mesmerized the entire time. Cannot wait to read more from her!

The Author

Megan Abbott is the Edgar® award-winning author of the novels The End of Everything Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little, Bury Me Deep and her latest, Dare Me (July 2012).

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, Detroit Noir, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Storyglossia, Queens Noir and The Speed Chronicles.

Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. from New York University. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University.

She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, and the editor of A Hell of a Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar® Awards, Hammett Prize, the Macavity, Anthony and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pushcart Prize.

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