High school friends Gabby and Deenie are horrified and frightened when the third member of their group, Lise, has a fit in class, falling to the floor and frothing at the mouth. She's taken home, then later to hospital. Nobody knows what has caused this, which adds to the confusion and fear. Seemingly only the girls are affected, whilst the boys treat is as some sort of joke. There is an overwhelming sense of sexual tension in this book, where girls lose their virginity and then fall victim to this plague - is there a connection?
I found it hard to believe that one girl being taken ill could cause such consternation that almost the whole school, students, teachers and admin staff, wanted to know what was going on. Once it started to happen to other girls,yes, but not with the first one; I found that a bit of stretch.
Having enjoyed two of her previous novels, especially "The End of Everything" and "Dare Me" to a lesser extent, I had expected a really interesting storyline. Sadly this was not the case. This one is described as a "chilling story of guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire". I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller, but what I got was a lot of - well, nothing, really. Abbott gets into the minds of teenagers very well, but unfortunately I couldn't relate or sympathise with any of the characters, and so for me, this book has been a real struggle. In fact, I'll be honest, I haven't quite finished it and I don't know if I even want to. So disappointed as it's well written and I do like her writing style, it's just for me, the actual storyline didn't do much.
I would rate this at one and a half stars.