Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Feral by Holly Schindler

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Feral(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Claire was the victim of a horrible attack that left her scared both physically and mentally. When she moves to the small town of Peculiar, she somehow finds herself involved in uncovering an attack on another girl that resulted in her death.
Who killed Serena? And will Claire find out before something happens to her?

This was an okay story, but it did seem to drag a bit.

Claire was an okay character. The attack that happened to her at the beginning of the book was horrific, so it was really brave of her to carry on with her life the way she did after everything she had been through. I did wonder at times though how much of the weird stuff that was going on was really paranormal in nature, and how much was due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following the attack.

The storyline in this was pretty good, but I found the pace to be a bit too slow. At the 35% mark I felt like I had been reading for ages, and very little had happened. I wanted things to develop quicker, I wanted to get answers quicker, I want more spooky stuff, and more excitement, but the slow pace made this drag for me, which was disappointing. There were some gruesome scenes, that I would expect to find in a horror story, but there weren’t a lot of them, so this was quite light on the horror (thankfully).
There wasn’t really any romance in here, other than as a detail of the mystery rather than an actual romance.
The ending to this was okay, and I was glad to find out what had really happened to Serena, I just wish it hadn’t taken quite so long to get there though.
Overall; okay story, but it dragged,
6.5 out of 10.

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