Thursday, 21 August 2014

Review & Giveaway: Feral - Holly Schindler

by Holly Schindler
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 26th 2014


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.

I've been intrigued by Feral ever since I first read about it so I was really looking forward to reading it. I wasn't let down. Feral opens with the gruesome commentary of a murdered girl who can still feel everything happening to her and hear the struggle of her killer whilst trying to hide her body. With that opening I was hooked and read until the early hours of the morning to find out 'whodunnit'...

From the moment Claire Cain arrives in Peculiar everything seems to be a reminder of the brutal attack she  only just survived in Chicago. Hoping for a fresh start Claire realizes that small-town Peculiar is no different to the big city.

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Holly Schindler is the author of the critically acclaimed A BLUE SO DARK (Booklist starred review, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year silver medal recipient, IPPY Awards gold medal recipient) as well as PLAYING HURT (both YAs). 

Her debut MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY also released in ’14, and became a favorite of teachers and librarians, who used the book as a read-aloud. Kirkus Reviews called THE JUNCTION “...a heartwarming and uplifting story...[that] shines...with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve.” Bloggers also quickly fell for the book; Susan at Bloggin’ ‘bout Books said of THE JUNCTION, “Triumphant and compelling, this is one of those books that will make you cheer. And look a little bit closer for the unique beauty in all of us.” 

FERAL is Schindler’s third YA and first mystery / thriller. She encourages readers to get in touch, and can be found on her website, her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Giveaway is open to US/CAN Only | Must be 13 or older to enter 

Win (1) signed hardcover of FERAL (US/CAN)


  1. I've seen this book around and it does look interesting. I'm not usually one for mystery, but I might give this one a try. Your review certainly makes it seem worth the read! Thanks for sharing :)

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  2. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE her writing! she's a wonderful author and this one sounds so unique and original :)

    thank you :)

    Lovely review and trailer! :)

  3. I've been seeing so many people get this book and I'm excited to be able to read it as well! :)


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