Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery Thriller
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!
I think FRAYED's ending got written or conceptualized first versus it being the eventual outcome of the plot and premise. The ending is awesome in a dark, twisted, and very unexpected. Very fitting resolution to the murder mystery.
The plot development not so much. I felt like certain plot points could've been drawn out more to help with the build-up so the motives and character traits of the cast didn't feel disjointed. FRAYED didn't have a steady flow, I get that we have to be distracted, misdirected, and some things concealed to build the mystery and make the revelation more startling, but too little is given for the conclusion to make perfect sense. Like Kelsey's character, surely someone outside her group would've noticed even a sliver of what she really is, a conniving, manipulating mean girl. Instead Ava, her own sister, is like a deer in headlights for the most part, totally clueless of what's going on. I get secret lives but it's too convenient given the set-up.
Maybe it would've helped if the characters are older to justify a LOT of their behavior? They're too... smart and polished for juvenile delinquents. Maybe if there's a prologue recounting the past with aliases to help bridge everything in the end? Some of their actions are over the top too. Like is it really necessary to knock Ava unconcsiouc, blindfold and take her 2 hours away from your town in a secret cabin, only to tell her that though Kelsey was an asshole, they want to help Ava find her murderer?
To be fair, FRAYED is an easy read despite its dark elements and tragic outcomes. However it needs depth from the characters down to the plot to make this a realistic crime fiction.