May 2012 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012.
CWA Judges' comment: “Dark, edgy and gripping. Characters drawn with startling flaws and humanity and a narrative that keeps you guessing.”
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Following on from her Richard and Judy selected title, The End of Everything, is this dark dangerous coming of age story set among a fiercely competitive cheerleading squad who are driven to win at any cost by a new coach. The mix of the allure of adulthood and teenage sexuality in American suburbia is a potent one and if you enjoyed Donna Tartt's The Secret History then Dare Me should be on your reading list.
Beth and me wedged tight, jeaned legs pressed against each other. The sound of our own breathing. Before we all stopped believing a tornado, or anything, could touch us, ever. Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are tough, inseparable, invincible. No pair more charismatic or sophisticated. No pair more dangerous. But with the fall term, their new coach arrives and things begin to change. She has plans for the cheer squad: all sleek poise and cool command, the girls are soon entirely in her thrall. Faster, harder, higher, thinner, the stakes raised, their world contracting, they compete to risk everything. She, meantime, has been crossing a line of her own. From the brilliant author of The End of Everything, Dare Me is a searing novel about the allure of adulthood and the dark heart of adolescence: the fierce bonds between girls, their bitter rivalries, and their power to transform one another.
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||10th May 2012|
|Publisher:||Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
Megan Abbott is an award-winning author of noir fiction including Queenpin and Bury Me Deep (nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize). Her most recent novel, The End of Everything, was a 2011 Richard and Judy selection. Born in the Detroit area, she now lives in Queens, New York City. Author photo © Drew ReillyMore About Megan Abbott