Released on 18 June 2015.

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The Fever

3.12 based on 15256 ratings & 2199 reviews on

2015 Long-listed

The Folio Prize


Deenie, Gabby and Lise are best friends - a tight girl-unit negotiating their way through the troubled waters of their teens, a world of sex, secrets and intense relationships.

When first Lise then Gabby falls prey to a mysterious illness, hysteria sweeps their school and, as more girls succumb, Deenie finds herself an outsider, baffled by the terrifying illness and scared that it could all be because of something she has done.

Suffering with Deenie are her dad and her brother, both protective of Deenie, but each with secrets of their own . . .

The Fever is an explosive novel in which Megan Abbott explores the lethal power of guilt and desire, and how mass hysteria can grip a community, making real our deepest fears.

In the media

A hugely gripping psychological thriller
Irish News
Megan Abbott is, in my opinion, the best writer of contemporary thrillers working today. Her last two novels, The End of Everything and Dare Me, were pinpoint examinations of the modern teenage girl's mindset, blended with nerve-shredding, nourish plots, creeping tension and deep characterisation. The Fever is even better
Independent on Sunday
Remember your baffling, insecurity-stricken, traumatic teenage years? Well, add to the flurry of hormones an inexplicable violent illness that sweeps through the school and you find yourself caught in the delicious mystery of Megan Abbott's latest high-school thriller . . . The context of a mid-American town and the intricately described background details supply just the right amount of normality to make the drama all the more enticing . . . the subtle, yet undeniable, sexual tension was particularly well done . . . I wouldn't want to be a teenager again, but it's surprisingly thrilling for just a few sordid hours.