19 June 2014.
Megan Abbott is an author much better known in the USA than in the UK – but that may be about to change. Her last psychological thriller, Dare Me, gained plaudits on both sides of the Atlantic, and if The Fever doesn’t fare even better I’ll be very surprised.
As more girls suffer seizures a whole string of possible causes is hung out for inspection. Is it a virus? A reaction to a vaccination programme? The algae in a nearby lake? Something noxious in the school building or grounds? Or – what?
She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, and editor of A Hell of A Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar® Awards, Hammett Prize, the Macavity, Anthony and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pushcart Prize.