Frayed was an interesting read. Will it ever make my top 100? Probably not. Nevertheless, it is very well-written with intriguing characters and a super-interesting plot.
In this unique mystery novel, Ava’s big sister was murdered a month ago. And the police aren’t getting any closer to solving the crime. Ava has her own suspicions, but as she learns more and more about the sister she thought she knew so well, she realizes a couple of things: 1) she didn’t know her pretty, bright, popular big sister At All and 2) the people she thought she should suspect of murder are the last people who would ever hurt Kesley.
One of the reasons I’m not big on reading mystery novels is that I have That Kind of Brain. You know, the one that figures out the ending within 20 pages of a book and 10 minutes of the movie? Drives my family nuts. For about 2 seconds I almost convinced myself that Frayed was mysterious enough to have misled me, but the truth is I knew exactly what was going on the whole time. Does that mean you or your littles will? Not necessarily. As I said, the book was quite well-written. I read it in 2 days, so it must have been interesting, right? Ava is a credible main character for the most part. My only beef is that in order to keep the secrets from being revealed too soon, I felt there were some conversations and actions that didn’t quite add up with what I knew already. It made sense in the end, and the twist (though I knew it was coming) was pretty well done and revealed at a good time. I would definitely recommend it to a young teen new to the mystery genre because it’s an easy read with believable characters, but I’m afraid a person used to unraveling mysteries would feel like I did…
It sounds like I’m giving Frayed a bad review, but I’m not. It’s a good book. There could have been a little tightening of the plot here and there to plug those holes I mentioned, but all in all–I mean, I read it in 2 days. Which means I couldn’t put it down. Which means it was highly entertaining.
So I’m going to shut my mouth now before I talk you out of reading it.
Besides, I don’t want to give anything away.
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