Thursday, 28 August 2014

Review: Feral by Holly Schindler

Title: Feral
Author: Holly Schindler
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 26th August 2014

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I have read a few of Holly's books, so when I found out about Feral, and that it was going to be a creepy, mystery novel I knew I had to read it.
The first 'chapter' we see is Serena's and it's quite a gruesome one at that. She is murdered and her murderer is trying to hide her body, but Serena can still feel and hear, so we get her thoughts and feelings about what is happening, what she feels, and the unnatural angles her body is left in. The proceeding chapter is just as nail biting, when we join Claire. I have never been so nervous when reading a book before, this was real nail biting stuff, and I devoured it.
Claire is brutally attacked for helping her friend, Rachelle, and now has scars as a constant reminder of that day, a day that haunts her dreams. She moves to Perculiar for a sabbatical for Dad, but is perfect for Claire to get away from everything that reminds her about attack, even Rachelle is now a stranger to her.

Feral was an interesting read, that really grabbed hold. I like how it was a mix of paranormal and mystery, how we never really know what's going on, and as the story progresses we see even more paranormal activity. Reading Feral we get to see various views, we visit Serena a few times as she tries to deal with what s going on, we also get a few bits of information of past events. However, seeing what Claire went through, and is still going through now is really dramatic stuff, and my heart broke for Claire, and for anyone who has ever experienced what she has.

Regardless of her past, and her visions paired with paranormal goings on, Claire is a fighter, and she is determined to see Serena's story get full closure and see an end to it all. Her determination is admirable, but occasionally stupid with the circumstances she puts herself into. The new friends she makes are a mixture of all personalities, and I surprisingly liked them all, even with their attitude problems.

The ending of Feral I was expecting more from, I wanted a big dramatic ending, like the beginning of the book, and sadly for me it just didn't make it. However ending was great, and wraps up book perfectly.

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