Hello there! Today I'm thrilled to be part of the UK blog tour for The Deviants by C.J. Skuse. I'm sharing my 5 stars review. Believe me when I say you won't want to miss this book.
by C.J. Skuse
Source: ARC provided for review. Thank you!
My Rating: 5 stars
Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?
I’ve read a couple of mysteries this month, but I can truly say none of them shocked me as much as The Deviants did.
This is such an incredible and atmospheric story. I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed it.
The Deviants has one of the most diverse groups of characters I’ve ever read. They are unique, they are authentic, they are likable and each of them has a powerful voice I loved to hear.
The Deviants is not only about Ella, the main character. It’s about the Fearless Five: Ella, Max Corey, Fallon and Zane. They were best friends when they were kids, but after some tragic event, they took different roads. Until the day there are brought back together. Looking for revenge.
They go from silly things, like scaring kids, to tormenting the school’s bully, inspired by a Poe story.
The format of this book was just as good. It’s told in past tense, but the last line of each chapter is a question. So, you know from the beginning that Ella is telling you her story, but she’s telling it to someone else, too. That got me on the edge of my seat. I was dying to know who Ella was talking to.
And believe me. It was unexpected.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about The Deviants is how I always thought I knew what the plot twist was. And yes, I was right. But no, I wasn’t. It fooled me so much.
The Deviants was heartbreaking and astonishing. I can’t tell you more because one word can ruin the surprise.
This book has a deep message with a tragic ending, which made it even more realistic if that’s possible.
Overall, I would recommend The Deviants to everyone. If you like mysteries, if you like revenges, if you like thrillers, if you like haunted places and peculiar people.
The Deviants was a big surprise. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author now.
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