How far would you go to protect your family?
Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare.
When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes an unexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.
Will they ever find Hope?
Frailty is a haunting, gritty, psychological page-turner about the choices we make.
Having read (and enjoyed) 'The Quiet Ones' by Betsy Reavley, I was expecting an equally twisted story, however 'Frailty' proved to be an entirely different type of book. This is a lost child mystery, a dark, emotional story that both terrifies and plucks at the heartstrings.
"It is the worst thing that could ever happen to a family."
On her way to the local shop, eight-year-old Hope vanishes into thin air. No-one in the village has seen or heard anything. The police are clueless and countless searches prove fruitless... until one of the girl's shoes is found. Did Hope run away? Has someone abducted her? Or did something more sinister happen to her?
Even though supported by friends and relatives, Hope's parents Libby and Dan are sucked into a never-ending nightmare from which they can't come out. Only Hope's return could save them. Their lives have suddenly stopped and they can't go on. And as days turn into weeks and months, the not knowing and desperation are bound to make you do things you'd never imagine you're capable of doing... How far is a parent ready to go to save their child?
This is a book that once you start reading it you won't be able to stop. It is a story that grabs you right from the very beginning. It is not a police procedural, but a suspenseful story that concentrates not only on the disappearance of the child but also on the after effects of this tragedy on the parents and the whole family. Chapters are mostly told from the POV of Libby and Dan, but we also have some hair-raising ones from Hope's herself.
The story is very engrossing and it kept me on my toes throughout. The plot is well-thought out and it made me feel all sorts of emotions. I felt shocked, sad, angry, intrigued, distressed and sympathetic with both parents. No parent should ever find themselves in their situation. Where is Hope??? Through peaks and troughs of tension, I kept wondering what has actually happened to Hope, who has taken her, whether she's dead or alive. As I was reading I felt part of the story and kept my fingers crossed all the time, hoping that the girl is found alive. But the author held fast to the mystery till the very end.
There was a point where I thought the story would end in a certain way - I was already grumbling inwardly - I didn't really want it to end that way!! But then suddenly the author flipped the story upside down with another breathtaking twist and completely changed the course of events. The ending can be described as heart-pounding, terrifying, sad and satisfying, all at the same time.
Reading this book was a thrilling, emotional journey for me and I would highly recommend it.
With thanks to Bloodhound publishers and the author for an ARC of this fab book.
Betsy Freeman Reavley was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge, with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley