Sometimes, books pop up just when you’re ready for them: in this case, an ARC of Megan Abbott’s The Fever that I’d forgotten I had and had never quite gotten around to reading. Think The Crucible set in a modern high school, rumors and hysteria and teenagers foaming at the mouth. It’s beautifully done, alternating between the viewpoints of three family members– father, daughter, and son– as the mystery of just what’s going on gradually unfolds. And it isn’t at all what you think it might be.
October snuck up on me this year, so I’ve sadly neglected my usual Halloween reading. To make up for it, I indulged in a quick re-read of Simone St. James’s Silence for the Dead, set at an isolated asylum for shell-shocked soldiers just after World War I. But are the orderlies and nurses the only ones who walk the halls at night?
What have you been reading this week?