Release date: June 7, 2016
Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.
And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…
Frayed is a psychological thriller with a story that revolves around the aftermath of Ava’s sister’s murder. She is mourning for her sister – the protector, the golden girl of the town and isn’t really on the hunt for the killer. But when the school’s delinquent girl gang approaches her saying they want to figure out who killed Kesley too, little by little Kesley’s lies and secrets start to unravel. Ava realizes that her sister wasn’t really the golden girl that she thought she was, but a troubled young girl who had a penchant for violence. As the story progresses, there are various people that Ava starts to doubt – people whom she trusted before and now are betraying her left and right.
While this was a good story, I couldn’t say the same for the storytelling. The pacing was inconsistent – sometimes days seem to pass, sometimes weeks, making the timeline difficult to picture, and the urgency of the situation difficult to gauge. Secondly, the identity of the killer wasn’t a real shocker – maybe, because I had read a book with a similar plotline – but still the way we arrived to that could have been made more interesting. As for the psychological, that is where it excels – the time slipping, the flashes, all already pointing out clues in the subtext. Kesley’s role in the events was the only shocker, in my opinion; I wish the same detail was given to other characters, considering they were the alive ones. The stereotypical best-friend-steals-boyfriend plot seemed a cliche to add; considering it contributed little to the plot. The thing with Rafe and the girl gang, was actually a great angle to work on. Overall, this book was average for me – nothing too exciting, but not boring either.
Received a galley from Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.