- Gebundene Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperTeen (26. August 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062220209
- ISBN-13: 978-0062220202
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 3,4 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.513.955 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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“A heavily gloomy feel pervades this novel that shifts through phases of fantasy, mystery, psychological thriller, and thoughtful realistic fiction dealing with PTSD.” (Booklist)
“With back-to-back scenes of exquisitely imagined...real horror, Schindler’s third YA novel hearkens to the uncompromising demands of her debut, A Blue So Dark…This time, the focus is on women’s voices and the consequences they suffer for speaking…A story about reclaiming and healing.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“From the opening pages readers will be immediately immersed in this dark story…[which] has echoes of classic Hitchcock. Issues of cliques, peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem, post-traumatic stress syndrome, teacher-student relationships, and pet abandonment will provide substance for discussion.” (School Library Journal)
“In the town of Peculiar, the cats aren’t the only ones keeping secrets… A dark and creepy psychological who-done-it that will keep you guessing until the very end.” (Jody Casella, author of Thin Space)
“Wow! This book starts off with a bang - two of them, actually - and then it sinks its claws into you and never lets go.” (April Henry, New York Times bestselling author)
“Readers wanting a psychological thriller should try Schindler’s novel.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“The book’s central plot is compellingly created. Effectively eerie... will leave some lingering chills.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
It's too late for you. You're dead.
Those words float through Claire Cain's head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And they continue to haunt her months later, in the terrifying nightmares that plague her. So when her father takes a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago will offer her a new start.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there's more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and bruised, surrounded by the town's feral cats.
Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself—and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .
With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Holly Schindler spins a tale from Peculiar, Missouri of two girls meeting under some very strange and horrible occurrences. Some by happenstance? and maybe some by foggy paranormal appearances that happens to the best of us.
Claire Cain is the main character and her journey through this tale takes you on a trek, with Holly's writing making you almost a part of her as she gets to the bottom-line of this mystery. Ms. Schindler will absorb you into the main character, a bit hypnotically, don't know how, no need to to question it. Just silent thanks to her as you read.
Pace is comfortable and engaging, things are moved along with an outstanding air of mystery through each event. A few of the scenes were depicted quite vividly, so the pace she has set might want to be picked up bit for a few of you readers. Maybe not. Holly has a flair describing gore. Read my full review at Buttonholed Book Reviews
I started this book looking forward to a good creepy read. I hoped that the feral cats would make for some intense scenes, but they didn't play quite as big of a part in the book as I was hoping for. The book started with a bang and I was instantly drawn into the story. Sadly, things slowed down a bit and didn't really pick back up until closer to the end of the book.
Claire suffers two traumatic events in a years time span. Though she does see a therapist after the first event, she is reluctant to talk to anyone after the second one. I felt that her dad should have been more forceful in getting her help after the second event, instead he handles her with kid gloves and Claire spins out of control as she tries to deal with things on her own. She suffers multiple events where she sees things that aren't there and the descriptions of those scenes got to be a bit repetitive. I will say that the author did a good job of explaining those events near the end of the book and it did make sense why there were so many similar scenes, I just wish the descriptions had been more diverse.
While it wasn't quite as creepy as I had hoped for, I did enjoy this book and I would be willing to read another book by this author.
For about two weeks, my draft for this review has been empty except for one very grumpy, very spoiler-y line. While that would suffice to describe why I disliked Feral as much as I did, it’s not exactly something I can post without getting in trouble. No one likes obvious spoilers and I can be a little more eloquent than that. Feral should be a solid mystery thriller with creepy cats abound, but this may be the worst, most tension-dereft thriller I’ve ever read.
It’s hard to put a label like “the worst” on anything because there will always be something worse and it will eventually lose its touch, but as someone who enjoys thrillers, I really can’t think of one I disliked more than Feral. Because it’s as subtle as an explosion in a Michael Bay movie, the novel pretty much reveals exactly what’s happening the first time Claire recalls the Chicago beating that preceded her move to Peculiar, Missouri. Who killed Serena? It’s easy to figure that out too. Is Claire losing her mind or is Serena really possessing a cat and looking forward to taking Claire’s body? Oh yeah, that’s nothing. Schindler tries her best to establish the uncanny and make readers wonder about paranormal elements, but thanks to Claire, everything is clear from the very beginning. What fun is a thriller that doesn’t make you question anything?
Perhaps it’s understandable considering she very nearly died in the beating she suffered through, but Claire’s lack of agency in her own story is especially odd. Multiple times, Claire is the observer as other characters talk about taking action or drop exposition on our heads. Things happen to her and around her; she only makes things happen a handful of times. On the bright side, there’s no romance and that’s a very good thing. Since she’s still recovering and not in a good place, a romance would have been bad for her at this stage in her life.
Two things give a thriller life: a strong hook and the ability to make the reader unsure about the truth. If a thriller as a reader asking “Is this obvious explanation the actual explanation or is it a red herring for this other explanation that seems more like a typical red herring? Or are they both red herrings and something I haven’t even considered yet the real solution?” then it’s going its job right. This is not something Feral does at any point. The hook is nonexistent thanks to the slow pacing; for 200 pages, we get exposition and then something finally happens. There are some VERY creepy scenes narrated by Serena after her murder, but they’re few and far between. Since both those vital elements are lacking, this thriller is as lifeless as a course and certainly won’t get the average reader’s heart racing.
Even the cats failed to creep me out and I know how creepy cats can be! I’ve owned five, my mom once owned 22, and I regularly volunteer at a shelter with one large room that constantly has 10-20 cats. When even two or three cooperate enough to gang up on you, it can be very creepy. Alas, Feral makes these eerie animals campy. For one thing, they’re too organized. Out of my five cats and the ten two-cat permutations I can get from that, one single pair gets along. Just one. All the others want to tear each other up and pee on/rub on whatever the other has marked recently. For another, the way this apparent cat mafia is eventually explained away is just sad. Actually make them a mafia! Don’t explain it away and make it something that didn’t actually happen! Plus they’re not even creepy if you know what is up with Claire.
If you want a good thriller, Feral is probably not what you want, but if you want a view of how a thriller shouldn’t be written, you may want to read this after all. But seriously, if you’ve come across one specific ailment in fiction before or heard about it on television or know anything about it, you will know what’s going on very early on. I regret reading this and even remembering my experience with it leaves me extremely grumpy.