by Megan Abbott
Just released: June 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Hardback: 320 pages
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 Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."
A lot of things at play with this one which provides enough for a creepy mystery that kept me guessing awhile.
Got me thinking of the status of our environment, immunization shots and heavily suggested preventative shots for our kids.
It was also interesting to think of how teen perspectives can cloud, complicate and exacerbate situations.
* review copy courtesy of Summer Reading Challenge 2014. It's not too late, join the reading challenge here. @booksparks #SRC2014!