Frailty – Betsy Reavley

Frailty: a haunting psychological page-turner by [Reavley, Betsy]


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 quiet village she lives in, 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.

My Review: 3.5/5

Written from the voice of eight year old Hope Bird and her mother, Libby, Frailty will wrench at your heart as you live out every parent’s worst nightmare. Your child has gone missing and nobody has any idea where she has gone – how can you continue – how can your life ever be the same again!

Libby and Danny are thrust into a nightmare when their daughter goes missing and Frailty is their story; we learn the couple’s background from when the met as teenagers to the present as a family with two young daughters. For a while I couldn’t really work Libby out at all – I couldn’t make my mind up if she was truly distraught or if there was coldness to her personality. However, as the book goes on and we find out more about her family and background we start to understand what makes her tick. Danny is destroyed by the disappearance of his daughter and what he sees as his failure to protect his family and he is determined to put things right but has he made the right decision? There were a couple of things that niggled me about Hope and the chapters written from her perspective but they become clear nearer the end and I struggled to connect with Libby and Danny as parents

The parts of the story where Hope is the narrator are chilling, as a parent they are difficult to read and become more harrowing as the book continues. It was a gut wrenching read and full of twists and turns. It is always difficult to read books where children are mistreated or taken and this was no different. It was not written in a gratuitous manner and there are no distasteful scenes but it will wring your emotions when you read it.


Thank you to Bloodhound books for an ARC; I chose to read this and leave an honest review.

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Frailty – Betsy Reavley

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