Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin

Review published on February 27, 2017.

As an English translation of a ghost story revolving around poisoning, transfiguration and mothers losing their children, this book is hardly light reading. However, this marvellous writer from Buenos Aires has finely tuned a tight plot around the closest of familial relationships and provided a frightening work of fiction. Amanda is on vacation with her daughter, but she is strangely followed by the voice of another child, David, who guides her into a terrifying world. It is soon revealed that David nearly died due to poisoning and his mother Carla is guiding Amanda into a place where she along with the ghosts of other children can be regenerated. This is not a genre that I am naturally drawn to, but the English translation from the original Spanish has been expertly done and the writing is tight and terrifying. Those moments when your child lets go of your hand and escapes will never be the same again after reading this book.

Philipa Coughlan 4/4

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin
Riverhead Books 9780399184598 hbk Jan 2017

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