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Saturday, October 1, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Deviant by Adrian McKinty (ARC)

Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary: Danny's mom, a casino manager accepts a new job in Colorado which means the whole family must move. So Danny, his stepdad Walter and Danny's cat Jeff move to a giant house in a nice little town where things seem perfect. Problem is, Danny is forced to go to a school where Direct Instruction rules, where students and teachers read from a script and talking is definitely not allowed. This school, while small still has things that other typical school's have, like cliques. However, there is something else going on below the surface. Cats in the neighborhood are ending up dead, victims of coyote killings. There is no way a cat could hang itself from a tree by way of a clothesline. The kid's of the town know better. Someone is up to no good and it is up to them to stop the killer because no one else will.

My thoughts: I have to start this review by saying the beginning of this book really creeped me out. I was really expecting a blow by blow of a cat killing and I'm really glad I did not have to read through any of that because I am sure that would have stopped me cold in my tracks to begin with. The beginning of the book, apart from the attempted cat killing is a bit slow and hard to weed through. However, the deeper I read into this novel, the better it got and the happier I was that I picked it up for review.

The town that Danny lives in seems quite boring really, but like all towns when you really dig beneath the surface you start to see that things aren't quite what they appear to be which makes this a great read. The people in this town cannot be trusted, sure some of them can, but the point is, some of them cannot. The sad part about this is that the people that everyone tends to like are the people the really cannot be trusted the most. I think not knowing who can be trusted is what makes this novel extra creepy.

Honestly, I really got tired of this crazy person running around killing poor innocent animals I just really wanted the killer to be caught already and when Danny almost had him, I was very excited. I just wanted to know who to blame and when it didn't quite go as planned, I was pretty devastated. When it finally came down to the ending, I was glad to know that the person had been stopped.

However, it's not a happy ending. There is more to this story than meets the eye and if the ending doesn't creep you out then I bet nothing will!

Thanks to NetGalley for this book to review.


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