I received this book for free from Edelweiss 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
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, YA
Published by HarperTeen on August 26th
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.
First Thoughts: This book went in a direction I totally wasn’t expecting.
One of the definitions of Feral is existing in a wild or untamed state. This is the definition I would use to describe the main character of this novel. Feral from the blurb on the back made me think that this book was going to go one way, and at time I was slightly confused but not in a bad way. I just had a different plot in mind and then I started leaning toward the way the author goes and then it was just ah, okay I just didn’t think it was going to be a book about that.
This is really a hard book to review without giving away things but I will try.
Claire Cain is a newspaper woman and she loves working on her schools paper. She is always out to get the truth and when a friend of hers is accused of something bad, she sets out to prove it wasn’t her. This was at her old school and something traumatic happened to make her father decide to take a sabbatical and move to Peculiar.
When they arrive in Peculiar there in the middle of an ice storm and they stop at a convenience store called Bout Out. It is here that we first learn of a missing girl. It’s also the first time we get a glimpse of a group of Feral cats. Because of the traumatic thing that happened in her in Chicago she is very on edge about everything. Then one day a few of the kids are trying to get her to rid home with them and she gets spooked and runs off and into the woods where she discovers the missing girl.
After finding the missing girl it is when some really weird things start happening to the main character and it seems like every time something happens those scary cats are always around.
Now I know all this sounds pretty cool and it really is one of those that you would have to read to really understand why at the end I just sort of went..really.
What I liked about this story was how well the writer did with the details of the story. She paints a really graphic picture in your head without actually being that graphic. So those people who are more squeamish with graphic details wouldn’t have a problem reading the what could be really gross parts (if it was a Stephen King novel).
What I didn’t like about this story was the main character and how she treated her friend back home. Now I understand that she was having a hard time coping with what happened to her in Chicago and with this new thing that has happened in Peculiar, but it was just rude. Her friend was really worried about her and she just kept pushing the ignore button and it really made me not like the MC. It really wasn’t as suspenseful as I was hoping from the blurb and the cover pic.
I really enjoyed this book at the beginning when we start off with a murder and then the incident in Chicago and then she finds the body. Then it sort of falls flat and slow then I got sort of interested in the ending and even in the end it was like really…
So overall, I think it was a unique story but just needed a little something more. I liked it but I didn’t like..I am really on the edge about this one so I think you just have to read it and form your own opinion.