Book Review: The Deviants – C J Skuse

Author: CJ Skuse
Publisher: Mira Ink
Series: Stand Alone
Published: November 1st 2016
Rating: 5/5

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?

Just a warning before we go ahead with the review. This book will break your heart in ways that it will take weeks for it to heal. Now, onto the review!

Admittedly, the first several chapters of this book didn’t really do anything for me and couldn’t see it going anywhere interesting. All we knew was that someone had died, leading to a break-up of a friendship group and two of them friends are now dating but aren’t having sex – not the most exciting of openings. However, pushing through it, I found it became more interesting as we were introduced to the other members of the group and got to know more about them and how their lives had changed over the years since the death and slowly but surely grew back together to become the best friends they once was due to several terrifying, heart-wrenching events happening throughout (but I’m not telling you’ll have to read it yourself).

I don’t usually read this type of book where we have to wait until the end to find answers as I always get impatient and bored, but not with this book. There was something in every chapter that kept me wanting to carry on and find answers as CJ Skuse makes you rooting for the characters consistently making it so you never want to leave them. The characters consists of two people in love going through a rough patch, both hiding secrets from one another, a bully who takes his anger of what he is out on other people, an autistic boy and a girl with a creepy house and everyone thinks her mum is a witch. As you can see, there is a whole bunch packed of drama, mystery and suspense. Even if you find this book to not be your cup of tea, I do highly suggest that you keep going until the end as it is so worth it. I would describe it as an explosion if I had to in any one word as things start to unravel and begin to make sense.
Never have I ever read a book that has got me crying and affected as this one has, I was blubbering for well over 30 minutes as I did not expect what had hit me.

Overall an absolutely brilliant book, beautifully and cleverly written and would recommend it to anyone, even if you aren’t a fan of this type of book because although it will break your heart it will also fill it with happiness and love.


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