CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
Shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger
Dark, dangerous and compulsively readable, Dare Me by Megan Abbott is a gripping exploration of the teenage psyche.
There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. Coach said that once. She said it like she knew, and understood.
When Colette French arrives at school one fall and takes charge of the cheer squad, she brings a hint of threat. Sleek, remote and careless, she transforms the girls into warriors - and rivals. Addy and Beth find that for the first time they have secrets from one another. But their mentor is playing her own deadly game, and there is everything to lose.
'Tense, dark and beautifully written' Gillian Flynn
In the media
'A taut, twisted tale . . . Dare Me shimmers with dark sexual tension' Marie Claire
'Megan Abbott is an extraordinary writer' Nick Hornby, The Believer
'A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller' The Times
'Mesmerising . . . A truly nerve-shredding crime plot . . . exemplary writing.' Independent on Sunday