Tales Point Horror Book Club – The Fever by Diane Hoh
#PointHorrorBookClub was created by author Juno Dawson in 2013. Juno announced in 2015 that she was no longer able to carry on so, with her blessing, I took over the reins.
So why not grab a copy and join the discussion with this months #PointHorrorBookClub
The Fever by Diane Hoh
Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on a re-read? Have they not stood the test of time? After a hit of nostalgia? Or are you new to Point Horror and want to see what its all about?
A mysterious fever rages through Duffy’s body, robbing her of her strength and leaving her helpless in a hospital bed. Then she is woken in the night by terrifying sounds. Is it a fever induced dream, or is she the only witness to a vicious murder?
Try to stay cool….because fever kills!
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
Poor old Duffy Quinn has a fever and has been admitted to Twelvetrees hospital?!
Oh No! Poor Duffy! She must be really ill! I bet her parents are worried sick (excuse the pun)!
Ermmmmmm not exactly. Basically her Mum & Dad are extremely busy accountants and just do not have the time to look after their daughter whilst they are doing their tax returns!
Lol! What a good excuse for missing parents in Point Horror! So was Duffy okay?
Suffering from a fever Duffy thinks she has imagined an incident that happened in her room when she shouted out for help in the middle of the night (and was ignored…how very dare they). She is trying so hard to work out what she has heard that someone decides that Duffy deserves to die! That’s when the nausea, dizziness and funny lights start and fever aside basically all Duffy really wanted was a shower!
A shower?! Hasn’t Duffy seen Pyscho?
The killer is so determined to bump off Duffy by any means! This includes swapping of an out of order elevator sign, releasing the brake off Duffy’s wheelchair down a hill (laughs hysterically), trys to kill her in the shower and with a pillow!
Fear not Duffy has a pink razor, bug spray and a wide range of Point Horror boys to save her at every turn!
Yep the only hospital in Twelvetrees is getting a heading all of it’s own!
Wow! What a hospital!
I loved the creepy tall, grim, gradually decaying building with it’s worn grey stones, mildew and covered in ivy walls setting. And not to forget mentioning the wooden wheelchairs (!). It was like something out of a horror movie….only with real live patients, staff and volunteers inside!
I don’t think it was the swapped medication that was making Duffy ill….it was obviously those pea green slacks and tunic combo that the safe wore as uniform.
And lets not go there with health and safety and hygiene……how was this hospital still running?!?
Dr Jonus Morgan took on a whole new level of Dr I just had to give him a quick mention. Young, tall, boney and skinny with thick shagging eyebrows, beard and gold earing he really did not look after his patient well did he? And although he frowned a lot I kind of found him more appealing than the boys in this Point Horror – more on that later!
Cue worst patient in the world….well according to everyone in this Point Horror anyway…..
Dorothy “Duffy” Quinn with her sudden unexplained fever, cinnamon red hair, pretty oval face, temper and her self proclaimed odd sense of humour had never been sick before! And after ending up in Twelvetrees hospital I bet she never wants to be sick ever again!
I’m not entirely sure what I think of Duffy. She did have some get up and go in her as I think most Point Horror girls would have just lay there in the hospital bed. I mean Duffy was determined to have a shower after all as she obviously found the expert sponge baths and delicious back rubs the nurses gave her as creepy as I did whilst reading it!
She did go through a lot before she figured out someone was trying to kill her though. There was the Elevator scare, the runaway wheelchair (omg that was hilarious – sorry Duffy), shower attack and then the pillow attack and of course someone changing her medication! Who knew a pink ladies razor, a carafe of water and a can of bug spray would come in handy!
*pops these by the side of my bed forever…just in cases*
I mean that must have hurt right?!
And yes a ladies razor bloomin hurts when you cut your leg shaving!
All in all Duffy was a determined Point Horror girl even when no one believed her over anything. Even her parents! The less said about them the better!
I found her quite entertaining. Especially when she ran out of the shower looking like this in my head……
Or was this just the effect of the Digoxin?!
The Love Interest
There was that many boys lusting after Duffy whilst she was high with fever that I do not know who the love interest was in the end so I’m renaming this heading….
Oh where to start!
One thing these boys all had in common is that they were all lusting after Duffy! Fever or no fever!
Okay lets go with the boy version of Cinderella only without the happy ending……Kit Rappaport! Cute, smart and nice, a math wizard with carroty red hair. Duffy rescued his frog and they had been good friends ever since. Orphaned at the tender age of nine (and unfortunately killed off Point Horror style at the tender age of, I’m guessing 16), turned down for a scholarship and forced to work in his Uncle’s shoe shop we didn’t get to see much of him as he “moved to California” aka snuffed it before chapter two! Although this was not revealed until the end.
I feel we missed out on a decent Point Horror boy here as he was cruelly taken away from us!
Dylan Rourke blue eyed, devilish and shrewed with a square honest face and a trail of freckles on his nose that had been broken twice and leaned to the right. An employee as janitor at the hospital and classmate of Duffy. He was the total opposite of Kit and struggled for good grades. He had recently broken up with Amy and basically fancied the pants off Duffy. I liked Dylan….he can run after my runaway wheel chair and save me any day!
And last but my no means least Smith Lewis! An orderly at the hospital and I think he was meant to be our Point Horror hunk! With his eyes the colour of root beer, sexy proud walk (which Duffy found arrogant), thick straight hair, practical jokes and black sports car he apparently sent pulses racing where ever he went and his catch phrase “You think I’m adorable right?” made me want to grab the sick bucket! I’ve been watching this years big brother whilst reading this book and all I could picture was Marco! Help Me! I think I have caught Duffy’s fever!
Blue eyed Amy Severn a junior volunteer at the hospital and of course classmate of Duffy. She was kind and helpful with her blond hair perfect and sprayed so much into place it looked like plastic and her preppy clothes which included plaid skirts and sweaters she was a quiet and dutiful student and made it quite clear that looking at patients charts was illegal in Twelvetrees hospital! She had cruelly been dumped by Dylan and gave Duffy’s the evil’s inbetween smiles and patient care of course.
Best friend Jane Sabatini was described as breathtakingly beautiful with thick dark lashes, dark curly hair, heart shaped face, perfectly flawless ivory skin, almost violet eyes and perfectly arched brows. And yay for another overweight not skinny fab Point Horror character! I loved Jane! I wish she had featured a little more. I mean she walked up four flights of stairs just to bring Duffy some magazines and ran errands for her when she had been running errands all morning with no questions asked. A true friend indeed.
In fact I’m starting her own hashtag on twitter – #GIVEJANESABATINIHEROWNPOINTHORROR !
And last and most intentionally least we have junior volunteer and so determined to get into medical school that she TOUCHED AND MIXED UP THE PATIENT CHARTS FOR THE MAN WHO OWNED THE HOSPITAL, Cynthia Boon! With she straight sandy hair, pale eyes, full mouth, shiny skin and tension lines she was described as ambitious and energetic and a KILLER!! She killed off poor Kit after he discovered that she killed off Mr Latham who funded the hospital with as many wooden wheelchairs as possible and then because she killed Kit in the middle of the night in Duffy’s hospital room she had to kill Duffy next! You have to feel sorry for her a little bit…..she was given a classic Point Horror ending and was sprayed in the eyes with bug spray and stabbed herself in her face with a hypordermic needle and then shoved on a slate in the morge!
Fashion Faux Pas
I spotted a few…..
Too tight Bermuda shorts over an oversized hot pink sweatshirt and hot pink bow!
And best of all…..Jane wearing lime green pedal pushers and a hot pink short-sleeved t shirt with the slogan, GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY GIVE ME A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE!
Get me one now!
Here’s some lines that made me giggle…..
“Residents of the town of Twelvetrees, Maine, had often remarked sourly that it was not the sort of look a hospital established to welcome the sick and ailing should have”
The obviously had not been inside Twelvetrees hospital….it was far worse than the outside!
“Had it been someone out in the hall doing something useful with the old metal bedpans?”
“Dr’s were supposed to be balding or grey”
Duffy has never watched Casualty or Holby City then? Or even visited Hollyoaks?!
“He might look like an ad for a physical fitness magazine, but there was a lot more to Dylan then brawn”
Any volunteers to answer this?
“Sensing that Duffy would rather spend valuable visiting time with her friends, her parent didn’t stay long”
Oh there’s a surprise!
“I wish we could come more often. I worry about you every minute. But it’s tax time, honey, and you know what that’s like”
I sense Duffy’s parents are LIARS!
“What you need is a man in your life. Someone to take you out to a funny movie or dancing”
Firstly no Amy! No! And secondly I’m surprised Cynthia didn’t bump Amy off for saying this to her!
“What was Amy shaving with? A power saw?”
All the lol’s!
“No one will ever be able to tell that you were dead before the car ever went off the road”
This was pre CSI so I will forgive Cynthia for this comment!
2! One pre the book starting and one in front of our very noses!
Is it scary?
Hmmmmmm not really. I mean this was no Stiney Phirana Pit was it?! Other than the fact there was not a squirt of hand gel in sight in that hospital which was scary enough and the clear breaches of patient care aka changing someones medication in order to bump them off!
Oh! I did find the whole shower scene a little scary actually I have to be honest….I mean it was kind of violent and horror movie style scary! It made up for me laughing so hard at the whole wheelchair scene!
*starts laughing again*
Did the best friend do it?
Hmmmmm not really, but most of the characters in this Point Horror were a confusing hot sweat of friends/classmates/worked or volunteered at the hospital and who liked visiting Duffy more than actually you know…doing there job!
Some Mild Peril?
It’s like PHBC just want me to keep mentioning the runaway wheelchair again!
I think being admitted to a hospital because your ill with a fever and almost falling down a lift shaft, being rolled down a hill in a runaway wheelchair, being attacked when you finally get a shower and having your medication changed could be classed as mild peril don’t you think?
Or was Duffy just overreacting?
Is it any good?
Possibly not the best Diane Hoh offered to the Point Horror brand, but certainly not the worst. I loved the concept of this one with the unknowing witness to a crime becoming the target and must be killed by any means in a creepy hospital setting, but the various coming and goings of the so called “friends” at every given opportunity and the amount of time Duffy waited and moaned about wanting a shower was a little strung out. However the “attacks” on Duffy were pure classic Point Horror gold!
Even PHBC member Tara’s cat got the fever!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- Which boy (or maybe girl) would Duffy have got with in the end?
- But what would have happened if Kit was still alive?
- What happened to Cynthia?
- If you had to bump Duffy off what method would you choose?
- What would your Point Horror weapon of choice be for getting that killer?!
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