Black / Fleur Ferris / 2016 / Random House Australia / ISBN 9781925324976 / 276 Pages / Young Adult
Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days…she can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says that Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her won. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?
I picked up this book because I was seeing all over my phone and even in bookshops. So I gave in and grabbed a copy not knowing what to except from this one syllable titled book. But oh what an amazing book I found. This book is different to any type of book I have read this year or ever I think. There aren’t many out there like it I don’t think. There is something special about this book that inspire you but also scares you almost half to death. I have never read anything by Fleur Ferris but now that I have read her second book I am on the hunt for her debut novel Risk.
So Black is about a girl who a whole town is convinced is cursed because all of her friends have died. A town that is obviously wacked out and have nothing else better to do with their days than ruin other people’s lives. Black is your ordinary teenage girl who can’t wait to leave the town she is stuck in for now as she is finishing high school. But there is something about Black, something that Black doesn’t even know about herself or her family for that matter and once she finds out not only is her life in mortal danger but has nowhere to turn for help.
You all need to go out and buy a copy of Black right now. Ferris’s writing is phenomenal and will make you think you are stuck in the middle of a darken forest when in fact you are sitting in your bedroom with the light on. Her writing is amazing, simple but oh so effective. It is an easy read, which is good because you need to read it and read it fast or you are going to scare yourself. This book is filled with hurt and emotions and the want to just be normal and fit in. It is also filled with supernatural superstition and corruption. Family is a strong theme too.
If you like mystery, suspense, a good love triangle and twist and turns that even the smartest of book nerds are never going to see from miles away than Black is the book for you. I promise you will not regret reading this book, in fact if you want to be a writer, you need to read this book because Ferris knows a thing or two about how to write and you should read her work.
I give this book 4.7 out of 5 booky stars!
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