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Dare Me by Megan Abbott
  

Dare Me

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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.

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Synopsis

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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.

Reviews

'Deliciously compelling'
Heat

'Megan Abbott is an extraordinary writer'
Nick Hornby, The Believer

'Mesmerising ... A truly nerve-shredding crime plot ... exemplary writing.'
Independent on Sunday

'A taut, twisted tale ... Dare Me shimmers with dark sexual tension'
Marie Claire

'A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller'
The Times

'Truly nerve-shredding'
Independent on Sunday

'A powerful tale of sexual awakening, obsession, twisted loyalties and murder'
Irish Times

'Tense, fast-paced'
Sunday Times

About the Author

Megan Abbott

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 Reilly

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Publication date

10th May 2012

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Megan Abbott

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
256 pages
Interest Age: 16

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447221159

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