Coming June 2014
A teen girl suffers a seizure at school. Then another one does. Then another.
The Nash family is close. Tom is a popular teacher, a father to two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria builds, a series of tightly held secrets emerge, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.
Entertainment Weekly: 14 Reads That Are Worth the Wait
"THE FEVER: An idyllic suburb is gripped by a bizarre epidemic as one teen after another begins suffering from unexplained seizures. JUNE"
"A psychologically astute thriller...Abbott's latest is not only a page-turning mystery -- it's also a close look at teen girls' ferocious rivalries and intense bonds."
"Megan Abbott's chilling new novel...turns the frothy world of high-school cheerleading into something truly menacing."
Wall Street Journal
"Abbott has become expert at revealing truths we thought we knew but didn't, delivered in prose that is by turns elegant and incantatory."
"One of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."
"Deft, intelligent and enthralling."
"Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity; [she] grabs hold of you and won't let go."
"Megan Abbott captures the essence of being thirteen - all its magic, its intensity, its headlong power and its terrible vulnerability - and wraps it in a story that's taut, unflinching and very hard to put down."