When Beth wakes up one morning covered in dirt, she puts it down to an extreme case of sleep-walking. But when reports of a desecrated grave, strange sightings, and sudden disappearances start to circulate, her nighttime wanderings take on a sinister air. Beth knows that something is changing within her. Something with an urgent, desperate hunger that demands to be satisfied - at any cost...
©2013 Melvin Burgess Ltd (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
The author, Burgess, is known for cutting edge YA fare, like, "Junk." So, I was surprised by this novel, which straddles the Young Adult and adult horror genres. The protagonists are all in their early 20's and have very "youthful" voices and actions.
The first part of the novel was quite suspenseful, as we see the primary character, Beth, come to grips with her strange urges and appetites.
The plot meanders a bit, especially as it becomes bogged down in the mythology of the "disease" infecting Beth.
I think younger readers will find this suspenseful, even scary, and perhaps I would have, too, had I not recently read Ray Garton's "Ravenous," which has a much higher body count.
Overall, this was a fun read and the narrator did a good job with voice characterizations.
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