Dare Me by Megan Abbott is an example of a book I'd been meaning to read forever (or at least since July 2012 when it was released) and finally when I was home in December I picked it up and devoured it in 24 hours. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely.
Dare Me is the dark and devious story of Addy, a girl who has always been second-in-command to Beth, both cheerleaders and seniors, it's their year to rule the squad. That is until the new coach Colette shows up, threatening Beth's position as head, she even wins over Addy. After a suicide causes the police to take a closer look at both Coach and the squad, Addy tries to uncover the truth.
There is a jaded darkness to everything that happens in Dare Me that combines with careful but vivid writing to absolutely captivate me. That's not to say the novel is perfect, there were times when elements felt a bit overdone or expected but the end result was something violent and delicious that definitely let me interested in reading more by Abbott in the future. And hopefully reviewing it a bit sooner than 6 months after I read it next time as well, so I can be a bit more detailed in my thoughts!
Release Date: July 1 2012 Pages: 290 Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books Buy It: Book Depository