Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review: THE FEVER by Megan Abbott

The FeverFrom the back of the book:
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.
 
My Review:
Sweetly seductive and delicately deadly, Megan Abbott's THE FEVER is noir personified in a setting not typically associated with the genre. Who knew teenage girls could be so noir?
 
This is the third book by Megan Abbott focusing on teenage girls and it is just as good as THE END OF EVERYTHING and DARE ME, if not better.
 
What really struck me with THE FEVER was the undercurrent of poison amongst the seemingly innocent world of teenage girls. This unsuspecting venom packs a punch that renders a smooth and happy facade brittle and dark. Each of Deenie's friends in her inner circle, Deenie included, are capable and culpable of treachery.  
 
I would love to see Megan Abbott write a horror novel; I kept picturing the lake in THE FEVER as this omnipresent malevolent force drawing people towards it only to drag them under the thick soupy surface to their horrific end.
 
THE FEVER is a multi faceted tale that is not to be missed. Another great read from Megan Abbott.

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