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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller! 

Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestsellers The Twin and The Lake, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back.

Don't be afraid. Be terrified.

It’s just a stupid meme that’s going around their small fishing town in the dead of winter—people reposting and sharing their biggest fear. But when her classmates start turning up dead—dying in the way that they said scared them the most—Izzy knows it’s no joke.

With each death hitting closer to home, Izzy sets out to try to stop the killer. Could her older sister’s friend Tristan have something to do with the deaths? He’s given her some strange vibes. Or what about his brooding cousin, Axel? But he’s in her classes at school. He’s not a murderer . . . is he? Izzie’s soon on a path that will lead her right to the killer . . . and her own worst nightmare.

©2022 Natasha Preston (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A New York Times bestseller! 

A USA TODAY bestseller!

A Publishers Weekly bestseller!

"This fast-paced thriller will keep readers guessing."—Kirkus 

"Not for the fainthearted."—School Library Journal 

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that's the ending

I didn't really like the ending, she didn't deserve that, known of them did.
heck like thats crazy to me.

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poor ending

The ending was definitely lacking. Such a letdown after such a otherwise well developed story

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It kept me guessing the whole time.

This book is a significant improvement from her last two books. I loved all of her books of thos genre up until The Twin. I was hoping The Lake would prove to be better, but it wasn't. I was worried trying this one that it would be similar to the last two, but it was so good! I was dissapointed at first, because I thought I caught who the killer was in the first few chapters, but I was proven wrong. I highly suggest if you liked her previous books, or books of this genre!

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Natasha has done it again!!

Natasha delivered another amazing thriller! Her ability to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book, is incredible! She is the only author that I pre order every book and she never disappoints. I highly suggest The Fear to everyone that loves book that will keep them guessing

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Worst ending ever.

Kept my interest for about it halfway through, but the killer ended up being fairly obvious. Seems the twist at the end was thrown in there for shock value that could also be seen a mile away. If you’re looking for something not cliche and if you want a HEA ending this is not it.

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The End???

This book was highly disappointing at the end. I was already a little stand offish, just because it was written more like a child’s story rather than a YA novel in my opinion

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Interesting story, kinda predictable

The story was great and the premise caught my attention I knew I wanted to read the book instantly. I loved the way the narrators presented the story and would listen to more works by them. But I will say I'm not sure if it's because I watch / reach slasher mystery / thriller genre too much but I knew who the killer was by chapter 10 and there are 50 chapters in this book. So I was cringing by the end wanting to slap the main character and her choices because I knew what was coming.
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Ending was a bummer

The storyline was okay. However, the ending was extremely disappointing and left me with the “I can't believe I wasted my time and money on that “ feeling.

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love it!

I always enjoy works from Natasha Preston. i have read every book of hers and just like always never a disappointment.

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great ending

loved the book. wanted to slap the teenage girl but great story! I recommend it

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