The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.
It's too late for you. You're dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a new start. But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger. Her fears are confirmed when she discovers the dead body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town's feral cats. Claire knows there's more to this "accident" than meets the eye. But the closer she gets to finding out the truth, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself. . . .
Holly Schindler's debut novel, A Blue So Dark, received a starred review in Booklist, was named one of Booklist's Top 10 First Novels for Youth, and won both a silver medal from ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and a gold medal in the IPPY Awards. She is also the author of Playing Hurt (YA romance) and The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky (contemporary MG). Feral (YA psychological thriller) has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Visit her online at hollyschindler.com
What you start off reading, this book about feral cats, quickly becomes a murder-thriller. Putting the pieces together while you are reading is a lot of fun.I never did pinpoint the right person, but that was good. It kept me in suspense throughout the entire book.
I wasn't so sure when I first starting reading it if the cats would be enough to keep my attention, but they did. They even started to intrigue me.
I appreciate how the author wove the two stories of Claire and Serena together. There were a couple small moments of confusion for me in the beginning, but it didn't last.
I won this book during Armchair BEA week and I chose this book because I had heard great things about the author and her stories. I'm so glad I chose it for my introduction to her writing. With reading Feral, I wasn't disappointed. It's my kind of scary. I can't wait to read more from her now.
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