“How far would you go to protect
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?”
Betsy Reavley really knows how to climb into your deepest darkest thoughts in all her novels, and this one is no exception. I’m a huge fan of Betsy, The Opticians Wife is one of my Top Reads of 2016, so being asked to read and review Frailty was a massive honour.
Frailty is every parents nightmare, eight-year old Hope pops down to the corner shop for some sweets, a journey she has made many times before, only this time she doesn’t come back. Seemingly have vanished into thin air, her mother Libby and father Danny are understandably distraught. She wouldn’t just go off with a stranger, she knew better than that. The police have no clue, as days turn into weeks, turn into months. As the investigation begins to turn cold Danny’s mental health is deteriorating. He knows in himself who is responsible for taking his daughter, if only he could prove it. Danny is prepared to go to any length to find his daughter.
This book blew me away, as a mother of a nine-year old I went through every emotion alongside Libby. Fear, grief, loss, anxiety, anger and “Hope”. Frailty is told from three points of view, Libby’s, Danny’s and Hope’s. The chapters hauntingly narrated by Hope are extremely upsetting as Betsy captures the simplistic mind of a eight-year old perfectly. The further the plot moves on the more you can understand the characters anguish and despair, particularly when Danny’s behaviour becomes more and more erratic.
This is a well crafted, expertly written book and the author does a powerful job of describing the feeling and actions of a couple going through the worst pain imaginable. There is a massive twist at the end, although I admit I had a sneaking suspicion of this, my feelings of dread becoming more and more the further I read. Nevertheless, is was hideously enjoyable and the last chapter left me with a pain in my stomach. There are monsters all around us, all hidden in plain sight.
Overall rating FIVE stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Thanks to everyone over at Bloodhound Books and of course Betsy, you have made me an emotional wreck!
About The Author
Betsy Freeman Reavley is the author of the novels Beneath the Watery Moon and Carrion and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Her latest psychological thriller is The Quiet Ones, published by Bloodhound Books.
She was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
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 is Betsy Reavley’s beautifully written first release and tells the macabre story of a young woman battling against mental illness.
Beneath the Watery Moon is published by Not So Noble Books and Joffe Books. It is available as an eBook from Amazon.
Betsy Reavley’s second novel Carrion is a psychological chiller that address the link between grief and fear. Carrion was published in 2014 by Bloodhound Books.
The Quiet Ones, published in February 2016 and is a kindle top 100 bestseller, carries on Reavley’s tradition of writing psychological thrillers in her own unique way.
The Optician’s Wife, was released in June 2016 to critical acclaim.
Frailty is Reavley’s newest release and is available on amazon now.
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 Cambridge, with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail. She is working on her fifth novel.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley