While last week's Waiting on Wednesday wasn't a title I had to wait all that long for, today's is a bit farther in advance... June 17th, to be precise. But when you've got a title brewing on the horizon that features a rapidly spreading contagion, and a town full of secrets, well, how am I supposed to wait? Here's The Fever: A Novel, by Megan Abbott, set to debut on June 17th.
A seemingly idyllic small town's peaceful veneer is shattered, after a young girl collapses in an unexplained seizure during class. Inspired by the real story of 12 New York teenage girls at La Roy High School suddenly stricken with tics, outbursts, and strange convulsions, eventually classified as a mass psychogenic illness, The Fever follows the Nash family, whose closely-kept secrets have been cracked open by the drama, and whose daughter, Deenie, is left reeling after her best friend is the first to fall victim to the strange psychological disorder.
As the terrifying mystery illness spreads through the girls at their high school, sparking rumors of contagion, outbreak, and distrust, and causing rifts between members of the suburban community such violence has now infiltrated, more and more are diagnosed, and the question of what is striking these seemingly happy, normal girls, and who - or what - is to blame, still remains unanswered.
Why I'm Excited?
Holy Source of Inspiration, Batman! I didn't know what much to make of the official blurb listed on the Goodreads page, but in following it back to the author's own website, I am mightily intrigued. If I can scream through this upcoming release with the same kind of suspense I found in those news articles from the 2013 La Roy outbreak, I will be one happy reader.
What novels are you waiting on this Wednesday?