Dare Me

Megan Abbott

2012 Nominee

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

18 June 2015
352 pages


Shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger

Dark, dangerous and compulsively readable, Dare Me by Megan Abbott is a gripping exploration of the teenage psyche.

There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. Coach said that once. She said it like she knew, and understood.

When Colette French arrives at school one fall and takes charge of the cheer squad, she brings a hint of threat. Sleek, remote and careless, she transforms the girls into warriors - and rivals. Addy and Beth find that for the first time they have secrets from one another. But their mentor is playing her own deadly game, and there is everything to lose.

'Tense, dark and beautifully written' Gillian Flynn

'A taut, twisted tale . . . Dare Me shimmers with dark sexual tension' Marie Claire
'Megan Abbott is an extraordinary writer' Nick Hornby, The Believer
'A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller' The Times