Review: Frayed by Kara Terzis (Spoiler Free)


Title: Frayed

Author: Kara Terzis

Genre: YA Thriller

Publication Date: June 1, 2016

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

I actually liked this book well enough, so why did I give it such a low rating? The ending.

I felt like the ending of this book just blew the whole thing for me. Instead of feeling like a shocking twist, it just felt like a cheap cop out. I wanted to be shocked and horrified when I finally found at the truth, but I found myself rolling my eyes a bit and asking “Really? That’s it?”

To be fair, the rest of the book is actually pretty entertaining. It’s a fast read, and I think I read it in one or two sittings, because I was so excited to get to the shocking reveal I thought was to come. Unfortunately, that’s not at all what happened, and the end of this book just left me unsatisfied.

If there was a different ending, I could easily give this book four stars. Unfortunately, the bad ending made the rest of the story feel cheap, and created more questions than it answered. 2 out of 5 stars.


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