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).
This cover and synopsis blew my mind. I had to have it and was so lucky to get an ARC. Megan Abbott really has an unique perspective on writing.
- The storyline pulls you in. I had to keep reading and really had to know what was going on. I barely could go back to work after lunch because I wanted to read more.
- The girls were interesting and I liked having Tom and Eli's POV in the mix.
- I loved how the general public reacted when the first girl got "sick." They started blaming anything and everything. I felt like it was a realistic stand on how we react to the unknown.
- I also believe that the general idea of what happened to all the girls was true to form and represents how teenage culture sometimes acts.
- There was so much hype in trying to figure out what is wrong with the girls, that when it is finally revealed, I was almost let down. Maybe I just built it up in my head so much that I was disappointed to know what was actually happened.
- The writing felt spacey to me, almost like a conversation more than prose.