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 story about the choices we make.
©2016 Betsy Reavley (P)2016 Bloodhound Books
This is the first review I have ever written , but I was so angry that I wasted my money and my time on this awful book.The beginning seemed to have potential , however this it went down hill fast .The subject matter was distressing and I was aware of that, but the author tricked you , I feel in order for you to finish the book , because if the subject matter was not a child I would have abandoned this book very early on . It was slow , boring , flipping you from past to present that made you think " where am I now " , and not in a good way.I depend on reviews when picking a book and if I can save one person from wasting 8hrs I have achieved my motive.
I found this book just interesting enough to see it through, but that's as far as it goes for me. I didn't like the parts written as the child, as she seemed to use very adult words and phrases, even though it's was supposed to be from an 8yr olds point of view.
I have no idea
No specific character, but the performance was excellent with all characters well differentiated. I'd definitely like to hear more read by Ally Murphy.
Oh this was annoying. All the principle characters with the exception of the children, who being very young couldn't be expected to know better, were unutterably stupid. The parents of the missing child, the abductor and the police drove me to despair. Apparently none of them could make use of any form of logic and I get it, despairing parents may well fall short but the police too? And sure, most criminals, never mind kidnappers aren't the brightest, in reality there are very few if any super intelligent criminals but even so you expect some of the basics of common sense, at least in a work of fiction for the sake of story.
The writer can write, but plotting needs so much more work.
I believe most readers will accurately pinpoint the likely villain of the piece early on and then have to tolerate the frustration of the obvious mislead being dragged out ludicrously and for an incredibly long time before the final well expected reveal right at the end. At the key point of tension, I wanted the father shot, and the rest of the adult members of the family arrested and jailed for life. It's very hard to like a story where you are disgusted and offended by all the principle aggrieved characters, but any and all sympathy for their plight was extinguished long before the end of the book. I normally don't do reviews and I appreciate I'm being harsh here but truly it's well deserved.
Absolutely! I already have. Its a brilliantly written novel that is worth all it gives.
The narration and the story come together to provide an explosive listen.
Ally Murphys' narration coupled together with this breathtaking, heart breaking highly emotive story comes together to provide and explosive listen.
If i could i would. It really did put you through the wringer emotionally so perhaps the break did me more good than i thought.
Such a fantastic listen. I'd really like to listen to more from the duo of Ally Murphys' narration and Betsy Reavleys storytelling. A winning combination.
What a heart rending listen. A tough one too as I have two young daughters and anything happening to them is the stuff of nightmares. Fantastic narrator and story - five stars all round.
This has to be the best book I've ever listened to... shocking, painful, heartfelt and the only book I've felt affect me to my very soul .... congratulations to Betsy Reavley for the words and to Ally Murphy for the perfect narration ..... x
Mum, psychologist, avid reader and cat lover.
I haven't read anything by this author before, but the reviews were good ( yes people, honest reviews do matter and do influence 'risk' taking with a new author- so be fair). I was captivated from the start by Hopes pure voice and riveted from there to the end. Ally Murphy narrated superbly, so realistic and accurate in tone and expression. I could go on but it really would spoil it for future readers if I say too much about the plot. I'm a mother and this capture parental feelings so perfectly. Wow. I rarely say that these days about my reads- I'm moved and now I'm going to hug my boy just a bit harder tonight.
The narration, and pace of the story was extremely well written/read. It kept me captivated and I could sense the dread and fear of what Libby and Dan were going through.
Her voice, and the change over of characters were extremely smooth. To pull off talking as a child, worked and was beautifully haunting.
Yes, but I don't want to give spoilers, but Hope's Chapters were well written, without being sensationalised.
Frailty is an emotive read, that captures family life when a child goes missing and how devastating it is.
This book was amazing then listening to it was heart thudding. Even though I knew what was coming I couldn't not be pulled in.
The story of this little girl being taken & her parents side of it all will pull at heart & gut strings. But! It's worth listening to, it will stop you in your tracks, it did to me. I have some audio books as background but thankfully a few I need to really listen to, this was 1 of those. In my top 3 of audio books.
Heart thudding thriller that will torment you but so worth it!
"Dangerous head games will haunt you"
I enjoyed Frailty, but did not like it as much as the two other Betsy Reavley books I have read, which are The Optician's Wife and The Quiet Ones. Honestly, I would recommend either of those over this one. However, ultimately Betsy doesn't disappoint with this book.
Hope Bird is only 8 when she disappears without a trace one day when she walks to the small grocery store, which we later find out is owned and run by a man who has a secret past. Her parents are distraught, but Danny, her dad, becomes more convinced each day that the grocery owner has taken Hope and probably killed her. As Libby grieves and tries to take care of her younger daughter, Danny is driven to take matters into his own hands, with tragic results.
This story provoked me to think about the choices he makes versus his wife, when both feel that the police have abandoned them. The plight of both parents underscores their terror in different ways. The suspense is slower to build, but the last 1/3 of the book is where the really good part begins. I struggled a bit in the earlier parts when I wasn't sure if the story was truly taking direction. I guess I would say I was 'waiting for the book to get good.' I'm glad I did stick with it, because things really get going after Danny absconds in an effort to find his own answers about what happened to Hope- by this I mean, after he is done with his mission, as the preceding scenes tend to drag somewhat and might make even the most seasoned crime readers wince with the descriptions.
Overall, I do recommend Frailty, because it finished strong, especially because the conclusion is unexpected and the plot is chilling. I am waiting with excitement for more of Betsy Reavley's books to be available on Audible.
"Excruciatingly slow and surprisingly unthrilling"
Picked up the pace. For a supposed thriller there was an enormous amount of navel gazing going on.
The child's voice was unbearable.
The ending was okay
I took the time to write this review, which I don't normally do because I was deceived into thinking it would be better by the 4.1 rating. I just kept hoping it would get interesting but the story trudged on almost monotonously to its bitter ending.
"A WANT A BE"
Depends on the friend. The book is a bit melodramatic. The bones are there, but the writing doesn't flesh out everywhere as deeply as it could have.
No, I don't think so. I need more depth. As I stated above, the potential is there. Yet, there is just something missing.
READ IN TOO SOFT A VOICE.
"Chilling thriller - excellently narrated"
Ally Murphy’s use of different voices for the protagonists is excellent and her performance great. You can recognise who is talking at almost any moment and that makes the audiobook a pleasure to listen to – even if the story is gruesome. Ally Murphy easily switches from one person’s voice to another; she has a lovely intonation and a clear voice.
The heartbreaking parts of the audiobook was when Ally Murphy voices little 8-year-old Hope.Ally Murphy has done a terrific job in giving voice to Hope, who is scared and has no idea why she is locked up. In fact, Ally Murphy was that good that I had much difficulty with, for instance, chapter 15 and especially chapter 17, where Hope and Zoe talk about what they would want and Zoe says “a pet pig.” It sent shivers down my spine hearing the girls giggle knowing what will happen. Then there are the Chapters 60 and 63 bringing tears to my eyes.
This was the first time I have listened to Ally Murphy. I would recommend her as a narrator.
Yes absolutely! As it is chilling and gripping you need to know what will happen next!
The recording is of an excellent quality. The narration follows the book exactly and is perfectly interchangeable with the novel.
This is one of the best I have listened to.
Libby because the writer did such a good job with her, making the reader really feel her anguish.
Not happy with the child's voice and there was so much of it, it was hard to ignore.
This book made me shiver, thinking of the horrors happening.
A really well written book that makes you feel the whole range of emotions the characters were feeling.
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