Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

 

Title: The Fever

Author: Megan Abbott

Published: Little Brown & Co June 2014

Status: Read from June 16 to 17, 2014 – I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Megan Abbott has created an unsettling thriller with The Fever.

Set in an ordinary small town idyll, The Fever begins when Deenie witnesses her best friend, Lise, suffering a frightening convulsion in class. Less than twenty four hours later, Lise is in a coma and, with the health authorities unable to determine a cause, when a second, and then a third girl, fall ill the community begins to panic. As the unidentified contagion spreads, rumours swell, blame is apportioned, and still there are no answers…

While the community, growing ever more hysterical, looks for something, or someone, to blame, it slowly becomes apparent that the cause of the affliction is infinitely more simple, and complex, than a toxic lake or contaminated vaccine.

Best friends, Deenie, Lise and Gabby are the teenage girls at the center of The Fever. When the illness strikes the three are in the throes of renegotiating their friendship which has become a tangle of love, possessiveness, loyalty and envy as they grapple with the complications of adolescence.

Of the three girls, it is only Deenie who has a narrative voice, which has a hazy, almost dream like quality, playing perfectly into the uncertainties of the plot. Obsessed with her own fears and concerns, Deenie is not the reliable narrator she first presents as.

There is not a lot of overt action in The Fever, much of the truth of this story lies just under the surface of what is happening. I thought the pacing was superb, nurturing an increasing sense of unease as the story unfolds.

The ‘fever’, we eventually learn, is a symptom – of the confusion and angst of female adolescence, of damaged families, and cultural fears – masterfully explored by Megan Abbott. A darkly compelling novel, The Fever is an intriguing mystery and mesmerising psychological study.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael @ Literary Exploration
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 16:02:33

    Megan Abbott really knows how to make suburban sound dark and psychological. I’m glad you enjoyed this one

    Reply

  2. Mystica
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 21:56:51

    I’ve requested this one. Hoping I get it.

    Reply

  3. Kimberly (@TurninThePages)
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 06:17:53

    Gah! I can’t wait to read this one, I’ve been seeing such amazing things about it. It sounds so good. Glad you enjoyed it :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    Reply

  4. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 12:34:09

    I have this on my Kindle app and really need to read it soon. It sounds amazing. Your review of it makes me want to get to it sooner.

    Reply

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