Release Day Review: The Deviants by C.J Skuse


Title: The Deviants 
Author: C.J Skuse
Publisher: Mira Ink
Release Date: 22nd September 2016
Pages: 320
Read it in: 1 week and a half
Source: From Mira Ink

Synopsis: Goodreads

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?

My Review:

I didn’t expect what I received with the latest novel from C.J Skuse… I thought it was going to be the tale of 5 kids who got themselves in deadly trouble when trying to get revenge… I mean… I suppose I sort of got that, but not how I anticipated it.  The novel is very clearly set out with the main character, Ella, telling someone what has happened previously. The whole novel is flashbacks essentially, so Ella can inform someone of her side of everything that had happened. Which is sort of why I assumed some was dead or in jail, it sounded like and was set out like an interrogation of sorts. So it was really cleverly done!

After having reached the end of the novel, and even prior to that with my first assumption of it being an interrogation, I understand why every detail about this group of five was gone into! Why every detail was relevant, why it was important to know about Corey’s disability, Zane’s secret, Max’s adoration for his father and Ella, and Fallon’s baby… Everything played a part in the final showdown. And I am really impressed with how it was all tackled because at the end of the day there was A LOT of hard stuff in this novel…

We didn’t really get to know the other characters past what Ella knew, so for a while, Max (annoying) and Zane (bully) were very one sided which meant I didn’t like their characters and was frustrated with them. However, like I said you do have to keep going because Ella obviously starts with the beginning, so you’re not going to know everything in the first 100 pages!

It did take a little while for the whole thing to pick up in pace, but where the pace was slow there was still enough going on for you to be kept interested. I really did enjoy this story. I didn’t feel like all of the early details were necessary, but they didn’t take anything away from the story, I just felt like they weren’t necessary.



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