For fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Fever is Megan Abbott's dark and thrilling novel about a mysterious illness that sweeps through a high school.
Deenie, Gabby and Lise are best friends - a tight girl unit negotiating their way through the troubled waters of their teens, a world of sex, secrets and intense relationships.
When first Lise then Gabby falls prey to a mysterious illness, hysteria sweeps their school, and as more girls succumb, Deenie finds herself an outsider, baffled by the terrifying illness and scared that it could all be because of something she has done.
Suffering with Deenie are her dad and her brother, both protective of Deenie, but each with secrets of his own....
The Fever is an explosive novel in which Megan Abbott explores the lethal power of guilt and desire and how mass hysteria can grip a community, making real our deepest fears.
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Story ok let down by narrators
The narrators are terrible. Whiney and dreadful girl narrators but the man who narrates Deenie's Dad is really bad. I couldn't take him seriously. He sounded like a bizarre whispering creepy stalker. I didn't like the way in the story it sounded like the Dad and the brother was perving on their daughter/sister. Creepy. I had to stop listening. I did give it a good go and listened to about 4 hours but I had to give up. It was starting to feel like a punishment.
The general idea of the story would have been ok but for the actors.
The characters were fine. Just the narrators. Might have been better if it was just read and not dramatised with several people.
I can't recommend this book but if you like cringy, annoying, American accents and weird whispery odd voices then give it a go.
- M. Graydon