Author: Lisa McMann
Release date: 5th August 2010
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Target audience: 12+
Summary from Amazon:
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open - but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behaviour has grave consequences for them both. And if that isn't bad enough, Janie has discovered Martha Stubin's journals, and what she learns through them chills her to the bone. For not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is so much darker than she'd ever feared...It seems that some nightmares never end...
Fade continues Janie's story as she tries to master some of her tools as a Dream Catcher. This story felt more sinister than Wake. It is less about the angst of teenage life and more about abuses of power. The story begins when Janie and Cabel are assigned a new mission by the Captain. The police have had a tip off that there is a sexual predator stalking the classrooms of Fieldridge High. The story is truly disturbing as the police have reason to believe that this person is a teacher at the school and is using their position to manipulate and corner their prey. Janie is willing to take on the new assignment even if it means she will be used as bait.
The novel is hugely effective in making the reader uncomfortable as Janie waits and watches and records her suspicions as evidence. There is a huge sense of foreboding as Janie follows her hunches and actively seeks out ways to get the predator to idenitfy him or her self. Cabel shares the reader's hestitancy. He feels that Janie is being put at too great a risk. He had my full sympathy. There are moments in this novel that I was completely repulsed - such is its power.
Stylistically, I again loved McMann's very concise choice of words. It is the compact telling of the story which creates such a dramatic and frightening impact. But also moved me too because McMann can equally communicate emotion. I particularly loved this description:
'He kisses her.
She kisses him.
© Lisa McMann, 2009, pg. 29
It couldn't be any more simple and yet it has such power to make your heart melt.
Overall, Fade is another brilliant story from Lisa McMann. It is thrilling, dark and tightly written. The more I read of Janie and Cabel, the more I want to read. I cannot recommend this series enough to fans of paranormal mysteries. Fade twists and turns and ultimately consumed me. A fabulous book!
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me the review copy.
I am super excited for the final instalment Gone which publishes in the UK in November.