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Monday, March 21, 2022

Review: Fear by Natasha Preston

by Natasha Preston

Thanks to PRHAudio for this free audiobook.

Publisher: Penguin House Random Audio
Publish Date:  March 1, 2022
8 Hrs 54 min
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Don't be afraid. Be terrified.

It’s just a stupid meme that’s going around their small fishing town in the dead of winter—people reposting and sharing their biggest fear. But when her classmates start turning up dead—dying in the way that they said scared them the most—Izzy knows it’s no joke.

With each death hitting closer to home, Izzy sets out to try to stop the killer. Could her older sister’s friend Tristan have something to do with the deaths? He’s given her some strange vibes. Or what about his brooding cousin, Axel? But he’s in her classes at school. He’s not a murderer . . . is he? Izzie’s soon on a path that will lead her right to the killer . . . and her own worst nightmare.

My Review:

Welllllllllllll,  I liked the premise.  There are far too many trends going on these days that can cause irreparable harm and nothing is more harmful than death. Ahem.  Have you ever thought about how you would die or what you would fear the most?  Fire over Cold? Accident prone? There are a gazillion ways we can die and while dying is not something most people look forward to, there are also things that scare us more than others.  And what if someone took that fear and made it come true?  Right? Great premise!

Unfortunately, this one just didn't work for me.  I should have reread the synopsis as for some reason, I did not think this was YA so was not expecting that point of view.  However, even with getting used to the idea that teenagers are "on the case", this one got a bit jump sharky in my opinion.  And that ending... Um, why? I can't decide how I exactly feel about it.

In the long run, it was an easy listen but I found the characters whiny and naïve.  Exactly what you would probably expect from the young and, ahem, *innocent*.  Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this one.  Or maybe I'd moved past YA thrillers? meep.  It has definitely reinforced my rolly eyed tendencies toward weird social media trends.  Stay safe out there, folks.


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