Dear Kesley, 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...
The tale of a recently deceased sibling and the aftermath of those left behind seems to be a very popular basis for stories this year and there have been a number of books published in this genre. However Frayed is something a bit different as Ava is writing to her adored dead sister Kesley, while trying to uncover how and why she was murdered and who did it?
But the more Ava digs the more she uncovers things about Kesley’s past that she had kept hidden. When Ava discovers Kesley was the leader of a group of nasty friends known as “KARMA” - as in Kesley, Amanda, Riley, May and Abbey - the group enlist Ava to help them find out more. But will Ava discover the truth? Does she even want to?
This is a really good psychological thriller with Ava having a tough childhood. Briefly, her Dad died in an accident, her Mum committed and suicide and now her sister has been murdered. However some of the characters should have been developed more to be really believable.
Overall, I liked the concept and those who like this genre will love this book. I won’t spoil the end-ing, but I will say that I didn’t see it coming and it was a great twist.
Best suited to readers 13 and up. There is nothing unsuitable (ie: sex, drugs or swearing) but the premise would be best suited to teenagers, particularly teenage girls.
Reviewed by Rob