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…

First things first, Frayed deals with a lot of really intense mental illnesses. PTSD, depression, grief, and others are all prevalent in here. There are also some heavy PTSD flashbacks, so be careful if you will be triggered by those.

Because of those characterizations, I really wanted to like Frayed. In fact, it is the reason I kept going. Unfortunately, while the story has the potential to be interesting…it reads more like a first draft than a book ready for publication. I’m really hoping that there has been much editing done after the ARC went out.

My main complaint about the book is that the pronouns and tenses are all over the place. At times the narrator talks straight to her sister, Kesley, in an attempted letter format. Other times, it’s just simple first person narration. However, there’s no barrier or switch off between the two. And I say “attempted letter” because there’s no “Dear Kesley” or “Love Ava” except at the very beginning and end. So the whole thing is supposed to be letter, I guess…except that it isn’t.

There are other little pieces about the plot that are just thrown in suddenly. Oh, here’s something important! Here’s something else! Oh, wait, you need to know this! There isn’t anything subtle about the book. The ending has a “Big Twist,” but doesn’t really make much sense.

There’s potential here. It just needs work–better transitions, better formatting. From what I can see on Goodreads, the author looks very young. I think she’s going to great things–her creativity is obviously very strong, and it’s easy to see she did a lot of research on the illnesses she used. I’ll look for more work from her in the future to see how she develops!


NetGalley provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Releases June 1.


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