I’m the last stop on the Frailty blog tour and I’m so happy to be included on this book tour !
What’s it about?
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.
This novel was released on 15 November 2016.
About the author
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. 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.
Beneath the Watery Moon was her first release and tells the macabre story of a young woman battling against mental illness. This was followed by Carrion, a psychological chiller that address the link between grief and mental illness.
Reavley says “I think people are at their most fascinating when they are faced with life’s real horrors.” This is what I love to write about.
Betsy Reavley currently lives in North London, with her husband 2 children, dog, cat and chickens. You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley
Bestselling author Betsy Reavley has penned a new psychological thriller and delivers a story just as cutting to the bone as she did in The Quiet Ones.
This is the second book I’ve read by this author and it’s really just as enticing as the first. She certainly strikes a sensitive chord with me, not only because this book deals with a child going missing, but also because we get to hear little Hope in this book. This is not only the parent’s desperation and suffering after one of their daughters goes missing but also how that little girl is holding out hope that they find her.
Although the array of emotions the parents transferred upon me was painful on itself, it were these sporadic entries of Hope that had my heart in a vice. She doesn’t know where she is, who took her or why this happened to her. She’s saying things an 8-year old would say but we hear the subterfuge of what she’s saying as an adult. We understand what she’s really implying. I felt it in the pit of my stomach is what I’m saying. I wanted her to be found so much.
My heart was bleeding all through this book, for what the parents had to go through and for her little sister Gracie, aged 5, who doesn’t understand the situation but feels her parents stressed and sad. The media is there of course, quick to condemn someone and just as fast to change sides. A victim can become the bad guy in a split second.
The police isn’t really getting anywhere, the media frenzy has died down, but Danny, Hope’s father, is not letting go, his way of coping is sitting behind his computer and searching god knows what for most hours of the day. He is determined to find her and will stop at nothing. It’s scary how love can change you and will make you push your own limits, not letting you think rationally anymore. How far is he going to go? It’s rather chilling to find out. To what extent did I find his actions tolerable and understandable? It’s quite thought-provoking is all and when all was said and done my heart was seriously doing backward flips, my emotions all over the place, running from happy and sad to sad and guilty mostly.
This novel is not a race or high on tension, but even when it’s not, there are quite a few surprises and events I didn’t see coming. They were all shocking and I struggled not to show my emotions all over my face to the random stranger on the train beside me.
This was a frightening and moving tale which will stay with you long after you finished it. I found myself an author who has the gift to pull at my heart strings with her eloquent prose.
I know now that I want to read every book that she writes in the future. A must read for readers who like shocking twists and turns!
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, Bloodhound Books, in exchange for my honest opinion.