The title sounds like it would be scary to read right now but it’s not about a pandemic – more of a town-isolated mysterious illness. This is my second time reading Megan Abbott and another I enjoyed. I’ll definitely keep her on my reading list!
The Fever by Megan Abbott is Salem witch hunts meet high school girl hysteria. A group of high school friends are dealing with “normal” high school things – boys, school, jobs, family dynamics. Then Deenie’s best friend, Lise, has a seizure in the middle of class and everything goes downhill from there. High school girls start dropping like flies. Is it the recent HPV vaccine that the girls got? Is it the lake water that is known to have toxins? Is it the old school building? But it’s just girls getting sick, so none if that fits or makes sense. Every time you think an explanation makes sense, something happens that shatters that. And obviously this causes mass chaos in the town.
So what does it end up being? No spoilers here – you’ll have to read for yourself. And I recommend you do!