Friday, 30 September 2016

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.
The Deviants
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Deviants “Tell me everything. Start with what was happening between you and Max.”

This was a YA contemporary story about secrets and revenge.

I liked Ella, although it was clear that the secret that she was hiding was eating her up inside and making her act in odd ways at times. I totally understood why she couldn’t tell anybody what had happened to her though, especially knowing the impact it would have on her boyfriend Max.

The storyline in this was quite slowly paced, but the story was enjoyable. It did take quite a long time for the secrets to start revealing themselves, but once they did things picked up a bit. We got some pretty good twists in this story, although the subject matter might be a little hard for some people to read as it did deal with (highlight to view spoiler - childhood sexual abuse.)

The ending to this was really sad, and it made me cry that things ended the way they did.

8 out of 10

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