Book Review: The Fear

The Fear by Natasha Preston

What’s your biggest fear?

When a meme starts to circulate in a small fishing town, local teenagers start to share what they think the worst way to die would be. Falling, drowning, being stabbed – all terrifying thoughts, yet fun and games when it’s an online trend to be discussed in the hallways between classes.

That is, until two friends are found dead late at night after a party. And then a few days later, someone else goes missing.

To make matters worse, Izzy keeps finding herself involved with all these tragic events. She finds the bodies of her classmates, finds a piece of clothing that may be linked to the killer, and starts having conversations with Axel, the most uncool, lonely kid at school. Could all of these things be connected? The police don’t seem to be doing a good enough job putting everything together – people keep being killed, after all – so Izzy starts to take things into her own hands.

This book was full of twists and turns up until the very end. I’ve never read any of Natasha Preston’s previous books, but after this one I want to read her backlist, stat! I was so convinced I knew who the killer was, and I was right, until I absolutely wasn’t!!

The Fear by Natasha Preston was a heart-pounding thriller that reminded me of teen slasher flicks. If you read and loved Adam Cesare’s Clown in a Cornfield you’ll love this book too. Not familiar with it? The Fear also reads like a mash-up of Final Destination x I Know What You Did Last Summer, for all of you who love those movies.

Or, if you’re looking for a book with an ending similar to E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, pick this up. The twist at the end left me speechless, and I’m still not over it.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it’s safe to say that I loved it and will be shoving it in people’s faces until they promise me to read it.

Thank you so much Penguin Teen Canada for sending me a digital ARC of The Fear by Natasha Preston via NetGalley.

One thought on “Book Review: The Fear

  1. Sheri Dye says:

    Hmm. You have me curious.
    I read my first Natasha Preston book last year and, sadly, was underwhelmed.. but this sounds like it could be a really great read. I’ll have to add it, thanks!

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