I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Feral by Holly Schindler
Published by HarperTeen on August 26, 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
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The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.
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 way to start anew.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.
But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….
Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.
Feral is definitely a book all in its own. I thought I knew what was happening only to be shown that not everything is what it seems.
There were a few times with Claire annoyed me, but I think she puts on a brave face when trying to get over what happened to her before she moved to Peculiar. The only thing is, she starts seeing things that aren’t there, and that trigger her memories of what happened in Chicago. She doesn’t want to tell anyone because she thinks they’ll tell her she’s crazy. Which is what I thought for most of the book.
The beginning starts off a little slow, but it quickly picks up after she finds the body of a student in Peculiar. Finding this body pushes her to find out what happened to Serena. I thought I had everything pegged down, but then my thoughts on who did it go another direction. There are definitely a couple of gory scenes. I admire that Schindler described the incidents in detail. I don’t mean to sound morbid, but she made the events as real to the reader as she could.
The only thing I didn’t care for were all the cats. It was creepy at first, but then it went a little overboard with their appearances. But even with that Feral is still an enjoyable and twisted read.
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