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If Risk was about the danger of meeting people online, Black is about the danger that could be lurking in your own town . . .

Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days . . . She can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known only as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too.

Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed.

Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her own. It’s easier that way.

But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge.

If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?


In crisp, clear prose, Fleur Ferris allows us a glimpse into a creepy world of bad blood, whispers, fanaticism and long-buried secrets. Evil-eyed clergy, an exorcism in the woods, strange portents . . . everything in Ebony’s life is drawing her into a local town mystery. But will she live long enough to find out the truth? This one will freak you out and drag you in, all at the same time – Black is guaranteed to keep you up at night.

Ellie Marney, author of EVERY BREATH

Fleur Ferris, author of Risk, skilfully combines mystery, romance and suspense in Black . . . Ferris chronicles [Black's] inner struggles with the same sensibility and sensitivity she demonstrated in Risk . . . The writing is nuanced, and the story as well-rounded as Risk. The author’s economical prose keeps the pace brisk and the suspense never lets up. Some graphic scenes of violence towards the end definitely make this a novel more suited to readers 13 and up.

Elizabeth Foster, CBCA Reading Time

Black delivers some spooky thrills as Ebony navigates her way through dark woods, bad blood, and fanatic rituals. It’s a grittier read than Ferris’s previous young adult offering, Risk, but her fans will enjoy this thriller with plot twists and turns delivered via a sharp and engaging writing style. The character of Ebony and her isolation throughout the story will likely speak to a female audience, especially with the presence of a teen romance to the overall thriller plot. Recommended for secondary schools and public libraries.

Angela Morgan, Magpies

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 27, 2016

    Random House Australia Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    June 27, 2016

    RHA eBooks Child

    288 pages

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