Title: The Fever
Author: Megan Abbott
Genre: Thriller, Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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).
If you love haunting narratives that leave a few unanswered questions, and touch on magical realism in a more sinister light, and feature fully realized, compelling characters, you need to read this book. Or listen to it, because the three narrators did a fantastic job.
I was blown away by this story. I don’t want to give too much away, because the mystery is best solved by the reader, but suffice to say I loved all the characters, the creepiness pervading through the story, the author’s use of description (especially how she imbues inanimate objects like the lake with an otherworldly selfness), and the pacing. I did not want to stop listening, the entire time.
Just go read it- meanwhile, I’ll be hunting down copies of Megan Abbott’s other novels because this kind of thing is so much my jam, it requires peanut butter.