Daily Archives: June 23, 2014

Feral – Holly Schindler

By: Holly Schindler
Available August 2014

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened. 

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

This Blonde’s Review:
Claire did the right thing. But sometimes even doing the right thing can come with a price. When Claire is attacked and almost killed one icy Chicago night her life was changed more than she realized. She could see the scars, feel the changes in her body, and barely recognized the way her best friend tiptoed around her. She was ready for a change of environment when her dad was offered a job in Peculiar, Missouri. She hoped that it would give her space to heal.

Except things weren’t right in Peculiar. She starts things off by freaking out on some of the popular kids in school, running off into the woods, and stumbling across the body of those same popular kids’ missing friend being eaten by feral cats. That’s enough to freak anyone out. Except Claire has more going on. She starts to see so many similarities between her attack and the dead girl’s attack. The feral cats aren’t more than just a few, they seem to be overtaking everything and watching her. Claire knows that there is something more going on than an accident and is determined to find out more. She makes an ally of the guy next door, someone she feels strangely calm around, and sets out to find the truth.

This book was really interesting. I had some ideas of what I thought this book was going to be before I started it. I wasn’t sure what to expect since all I knew about the book was the blurb so I wasn’t sure if I should be expecting a girl who didn’t really survive, a girl who wasn’t quite human, or what. What I do know is that I really liked what the author did with it. There were so many twists and turns but they weren’t such dramatic turns to leave me confused. I always knew what was going on even if I didn’t quite know what was really happening, if that makes any sense to you.

The story and the turns were great, but I’m not sure that there was enough relationship building for me. But I’m torn on saying saying that because with how much Claire had going on she was much more focused on what she was seeing and hearing going on around her than she was on getting to know the other people around her. And even at the end, when we had answers and I would have liked something more concrete, sometimes healing is more important than finding out about each individual person.

I actually really liked Claire. She had so much going on, and the answers at the end were such a lightbulb to me. It brought the whole book together and made me like her so much more than anything else that had happened. Finding out the damage she sustained was better than what I anticipated it being and the end made up for any uncertainties I had anywhere else.

If you like reading books where you don’t know what is happening to your main character, or even what you’re hoping is happening, then you’ll enjoy Claire’s story. I liked it more than I expected it.