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The Fever

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!

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Give Me Your Hand

I love a good audio book when I’m on a road trip. It literally makes the drive fly by. I haven’t done a good audio book in a while because most of road trips now include my husband and then you have to try to find something that everyone will like and then what do you do if you don’t get to the end and you have to find time to finish it together and it’s just way to complicated.

But I recently took a solo trip to my brother’s for my nephew’s birthday, so I audio booked it up. If you are not familiar, your library probably does audio book loans and I play it through an app on my phone. Brilliant!

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott was a mysterious thriller. It is the story of two girls who become close friends in high school but abruptly end the friendship when one girl shares a very personal secret. They end up reuniting many years later, after college, and dredge up all kinds of pent up feelings and memories and then add to the trouble to make the relationship even more complicated.

I jumps back and forth in time, which can sometimes be hard to follow in audio form, but the chapters were clearly labels ‘then’ and ‘now’ so it was super easy to follow! I definitely recommend it and it’s not very long. My round trip in the car was about 10 hours and I maybe had an hour left to finish, which was perfect for the train ride to/from work the next day!