The Fever

by Me­gan Ab­bott (2014)

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Touted as the next Gone Girl, Ab­bott’s lat­est def­i­nitely lives up to the hype. Six­teen-year-old Dee­nie Nash is wor­ried – there’s a mys­te­ri­ous con­ta­gion plagu­ing the teenage girls of her town. While the symp­toms in­clude sud­den vi­o­lent seizures, the causes re­main in­ex­pli­ca­ble, throw­ing the town into a tizzy of ru­mours and con­spir­acy the­o­ries, from a vac­cine gone awry to a poi­sonous lake at the town’s borders. In­spired by real in­ci­dents that be­fell teenage girls in Le Roy, New York, Ab­botts’ clear, sup­ple prose slowly strips the candy-floss veil off toxic jeal­ousies and the edgy, hormonal teenage world. Sus­pense and para­noia come to an ef­fec­tive, thrilling fever pitch that will keep you on the edge of your sun lounger with ev­ery page turn.

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