The Fever

Original author: Megan Abbott
The Fever

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 town-wide panic of nature-born disease and bad vaccines, cries of “female hysteria”, and possible supernatural repercussions for sexual awakening have come together to make a most intriguing premise. All early reviews say that this one is an intense, gripping, and addictive read. We can’t wait!

Far and away, this cover has the most haunting of the past several months. It is pitch-perfect for a horror movie poster. The visual action hits both bestial and demonic notes that invoke a visceral reaction.

This is author Megan Abbott’ seventh novel. Past offerings include the YA mysteries “Dare Me” and “The End of Everything”. If her other novels are half as intriguing as this one, we suspect you’ll love them!

Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy- and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide. (Kirkus Reviews)

Abbott’s adolescents are close to pitch-perfect with their sudden switches between childlike vulnerability and calculating maturity. … This is a gripping story fueled by the razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and insecurities of teenage girls. (Publishers Weekly)

YA Horror
Hardcover & ebook, 320 pages
Published on June 17th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company (ISBN 0316231053)