Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Review - The Deviants by C J Skuse

It's time for a pretty major confession - despite having heard a lot about C. J. Skuse her latest release, The Deviants, is the first book of hers that I've ever read. From the moment I first received an email about this book I became incredibly excited and I instantly knew it would be one that I had to read. I have to say that I'm so very glad that I did because it was beyond fantastic and completely blew me away. I'd actually go so far as to say that if I could give this book more than five stars on the likes of Goodreads and Amazon that I would do so in an instant. To anyone who hasn't yet read this book I highly recommend you do as I can guarantee that you won't regret it. 

Max, Corey, Fallon, Zane and Ella were once best friends and used to have many adventures together until one day their friend, Jessica, is killed in a horrific accident. Now several years late the group are not only back together again but also completely unable to forget the past. What they want to know is what really happened to Jessica all those years ago and they also want revenge. So determined to discover the truth what at first isn't apparent is that one member of the group knows a lot more about Jessica's death than they at first let on. But as we all know, secrets often do not remain a secret for very long and someone is about to get found out. 

From the very first page, this book is full of tension and suspense and this, in addition to a desperate need to discover what happened meant that I was firmly glued to the screen of my Kindle. In fact so compelling and gripping was this book that I read it in a matter of hours in just one sitting. Not only was the book so good in this respect but I found that the place in which this book was set was simply perfect. It was a place that really came alive in my imagination, somewhere I could easily picture and a place where everyone seems to know eachother's business. 

The characters that C. J. Skuse presents to us throughout are all absolutely wonderful and it's clear to see that she's spent a long time thinking about them. This really does pay off as all of the characters feel incredibly real meaning that I felt very able to relate to them. What is more, the issues that came up throughout the novel seemed very realistic as the sorts of issues that young people face in society today. From bullying to teenage pregnancy to many more the author deals with each one in an incredible manner and there were many occasions when I found myself sitting there with a tear in my eye. It was most certainly powerful and moving stuff! 

I could find absolutely nothing wrong with this book, one that I am sure I will remember for a long time to come and one that I will most certainly read again. At the moment a lot of people are talking about this book on social media and having read it I can completely understand why. It thoroughly deserves all of the attention and glowing praise that it receives. Although this is advertised as being a YA book i think that it would appeal to a much wider audience. I now cannot wait to read more by C. J. Skuse in the future but in the meantime must catch up on her previous books.