The Fever starts out not so much a whodunnit as a whatdunnit, as the teenaged girls of Dryden High - all friends and acquaintances of Deenie Nash - start exhibiting mysterious neurological symptoms. While the adults are trying to figure out the source of this collective illness, Deenie's navigating the intense and nebulous world of female friendship and burgeoning sexuality. This novel reads like an August evening: muggy in its atmospherics, suffused with a humid sense of horror and dread that builds until the pieces come together with a satisfying click. -Jenni's August Staff Pick, 8/14
"THE FEVER holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable" -- Gillian Flynn.
In this impossible-to-put-down "panic attack of a novel,"* a small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness.
Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes' seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile sense of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER is "a potboiler in the truest, best sense" and "a great novel, full stop."**