My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.
But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?
I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…
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…
A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing! (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I’m normally not that big of a fan of YA psychological thrillers. Their so called “twists and turns” tend to be easily guessed, and their characters tend to be flat, emotionless things.
Not Frayed. Not by a long shot.
Frayed starts out seemingly normal and even a bit cliche; a teenage girl, Ava, being picked up by her best friend for school. I internally groaned and settled myself in for what I expected to be a somewhat boring book.
However, it wasn’t.
Let me just say I love Ava. She is something that we so rarely find in YA fiction; an introvert. She’s sweet and somewhat shy and a bit of a loner, and wracked with grief over the murder of her beloved older sister, Kesley. Kesley was killed about a month before the book started, and her murderer has not yet been found.
In fact, almost all of the characters were fantastic; except for two. Jackson and Lia. I really don’t get what happened with them, or why it happened. And I didn’t care about them at all; they just seemed kind of flat. Compared to characters like Ava or Amanda, they were extremely one-dimensional.
And speaking of Amanda, she was FANTASTIC. It would have been so easy to turn her and the other members of KARMA into the cruel, black-hearted girl-gang, but Amanda was so much more than that, and as complex and interesting as Ava herself.
The writing style is simple and not overly flowery, and it fits both the pace and the character beautifully.
And the ending, oh, the ending. I wasn’t expecting it in the least, and it almost made me want to cry.
So all in all, this is a beautiful, heart-breaking debut that you should totally watch out for.
*I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Netgalley clearly likes me. The same day I joined, I got approved for one of the first books I requested. And the second day another one was approved! The problem is is that the second one is in PDF format. I can’t send it to my Kindle.
I am not quite sure what to do with this.