The Deviants by C J Skuse


*My thanks to the lovely folks at Mira UK and Netgalley for my copy of The Deviants to read and review!*

About the book:

When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

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?

My thoughts:

I had seen The Deviants on social media, so naturally I hoped on to Netgalley to see if it was there and lo and behold it was! Requested and approved, I settled down to read what turned out to be a very unexpected book.

At about 20% in, I knew I had a special book in my hands. I genuinely could not stop reading it. The story, the characters, everything about it just made me keep turning the pages.

The Deviants is a brilliantly written book, full of depth and with so many hidden layers that it became almost a compulsion to try and figure out what was going on. I don’t usually read YA novels, but r=this book is enough to make me want to read all of CJ Skuse’s back catalogue.

Max and Ella appear to be love’s young dream, even in the wake of Max’s sister Jess’s death. All is not what it seems though. Without going into any detail, their friend Corey is bullied and what happens in the aftermath sets the ball rolling towards one of the most unexpected and emotional stories I have ever read.

The Deviants made me well up, and I can honestly say had I been on my own reading the final few chapters I would have been crying like a baby. I wasn’t prepared for just how much this book would get to me. The tension throughout the book just keeps on building, and you know you’re heading towards something huge, and when you get there it sucker punches you!!!!

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. CJ Skuse has written a stellar book, worthy of the early praise it is garnering. Buy it, read it, and weep.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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This is still the only cover image I have at the moment! Huge thanks to Cara Frances for my ARC of this book!

About the book (via Goodreads):

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

My thoughts:

I had seen a lot of buzz surrounding this book on social media before I was lucky enough to get a copy! #mysterythriller was everywhere so I was dying to know more about it!! There was definitely a reason for the hype, All Is Not Forgotten is a superb read!

The book is narrated by Jenny’s psychologist, and is interspersed with first person narratives from the other main characters. The was the book is written makes it very easy to follow.

The premise is excellent. What if you could erase the memories that exist from the attack? How would you deal with the aftermath of such a controversial treatment? How do you explain the emotions that still exist even though you can’t remember the actual assault happening?

All Is Not Forgotten is a spectacular thriller, it twists in places you wouldn’t have ever expected! Right from the outset you are invested in the story, as eager as Jenny and her parents to discover the perpetrator of the heinous crime.

At times, the book may be hard going for those of a sensitive nature as the attack is described in great detail and there were moments for me where I felt more than a little uncomfortable while reading it.

That being said, All Is Not Forgotten is an absolutely riveting read. It kept my attention from the very first page and did not let me go until the very last full stop. It completely exceeded my expectations, and left me feeling more than a little bit emotionally rung out by the end of it.

I cannot recommend All Is Not Forgotten highly enough. This book is character-rich, full of tension and it keeps you reading until you come to the unexpected yet brilliant final few chapters. It just doesn’t let up, in the best possible way!

I gave All Is Not Forgotten 5 easy stars on Goodreads. It is most definitely a book to watch out for. It’s released in July but you can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below!

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Happy reading! 🙂