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