Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.
When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.
But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodies are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.
Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.
Essentially, it's the story of Mara. She doesn't seem to have inherited her mother’s powers and so simply beavers away aiding any in the show who need help. I liked her as she doesn't pity herself and is a warm character open to possibilities. When their troop is invited to perform in a small town in Louisiana there's something odd going on. In fact, what starts as a creepy vibe escalates into true danger as those around Mara start to become targets. Well, it just so happens that bold Mara has made a friend in the town and Gabe just might be up to his pretty neck in whatever nefarious dealings are going on!
Freeks does have a romance in it but honestly it lacked something for me. Perhaps it was the immediacy but as Mara was just passing through I understand the necessity. Gabe and his family were an interesting idea but sadly they felt underused right up until the end. What did work was the suspense as the mystery surrounding the strange goings on wasn't really exposed until the final act. It held my attention, was well written, but I missed the connections that should have made all the characters feel real.
This voluntary take is of an advance reader copy from NetGalley.