Feral by Holly SchindlerFeral by Holly Schindler


byHolly Schindler

Hardcover | August 26, 2014

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The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

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 new start.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger. Her fears are confirmed when she discovers the dead body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town's feral cats. Claire knows there's more to this "accident" than meets the eye.

The closer she gets to finding out the truth, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself. . . .

Holly Schindler is the author ofPlaying Hurtand the critically acclaimedA Blue So Dark. She grew up with two cats she adored; one of them started out life as a feral cat. Although she's a lifelong resident of Missouri (and swears her hometown has the prettiest skies around), she has never personally visited Peculiar . . . but the name ...
Title:FeralFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062220209

ISBN - 13:9780062220202


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy with a twist Claire Cain survived a brutal beating in a Chicago alley and when her father is offered a job in a small town in another state, she hopes the move will help her heal. Arriving in Peculiar at the same time as an ice storm, right away Claire doesn?t feel safe. Her feelings are justified when she finds the body of a girl in the woods behind the school, surrounded by the town?s feral cats. Everyone?s quick to call it an accident but Claire?s journalistic instincts scream that there?s more to the story. Investigating though, puts her closer to realizing just how much she changed and how much damage she received that night in the alley. This was a creepy read but also entertaining. There were so many twists that are hard to talk about in a review without giving away spoilers, and this is a book you definitely don?t want to be spoiled for. Everything from the setting to the writing to the name of the town help set the tone for a creepy, uneasy feeling while reading. Main character Claire?s journey was really interesting. She had a lot of things to work through from her own attack and I felt for her, especially as things started getting really creepy. I did have suspicions as to who the murderer was and I was right, but that didn?t take away the tension of the mystery. The other characters all seemed to make good suspects at times even as they were befriending Claire. Serena, the girl murdered at the beginning, was also an interesting character. She was where The Lovely Bones comparison from the description comes in as she was still present in her body after the murder. We only meet her after she died but she was definitely a force to be reckoned with. The writing and the tone matched really well. The descriptions of the murder, the body dump, the beating, were gruesome but not in an over the top way. If I had to compare the creepiness and the gruesomeness to something, I?d say one of the more creepy episodes of Supernatural meets Criminal Minds. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-08-05

Editorial Reviews

“The book’s central plot is compellingly created. Effectively eerie... will leave some lingering chills.”