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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

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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excruciatingly slow and surprisingly unthrilling

Would you try another book from Betsy Reavley and/or Ally Murphy?

Probably not.

What could Betsy Reavley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Picked up the pace. For a supposed thriller there was an enormous amount of navel gazing going on.

What didn’t you like about Ally Murphy’s performance?

The child's voice was unbearable.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The ending was okay

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Erica
  • OWATONNA, MN, US
  • 07-17-17

Sick and f*cked up, and dragged out way to long

This book is disgusting, and I am not one easily offended. If you want to read vivid descriptions of torture and hear an adult man describe how he "loves" little girls, then this book is for you!

The story is also mostly unbelievable and improbable, and lasts way too long. There are also parts of the book meant to be the perspective of a little girl, and the narrator does it in the most whining, obnoxious, grating voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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nothing special...

I read and listen to some many books, this one was very boring with a very generic and predictable storyline. no twists or turns or anything to enjoy really as I listened to it. a disappointment, I would advise to not buy this one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing......

The Optician's Wife was excellent and impossible to pause. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but this book was impossible to finish. Don't waste your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A WANT A BE

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Betsy Reavley? Why or why not?

No, I don't think so. I need more depth. As I stated above, the potential is there. Yet, there is just something missing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

READ IN TOO SOFT A VOICE.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Chilling thriller - excellently narrated

What made the experience of listening to Frailty the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Ally Murphy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first time I have listened to Ally Murphy. I would recommend her as a narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes absolutely! As it is chilling and gripping you need to know what will happen next!

Any additional comments?

The recording is of an excellent quality. The narration follows the book exactly and is perfectly interchangeable with the novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Frailty

Where does Frailty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Libby because the writer did such a good job with her, making the reader really feel her anguish.

What aspect of Ally Murphy’s performance would you have changed?

Not happy with the child's voice and there was so much of it, it was hard to ignore.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me shiver, thinking of the horrors happening.

Any additional comments?

A really well written book that makes you feel the whole range of emotions the characters were feeling.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • colleen cairns
  • 03-16-17

Terrible

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • 01-28-17

An OK story

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • HuwOS
  • 03-08-17

Excellent performance in reading the story

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have no idea

Would you ever listen to anything by Betsy Reavley again?

No

Which character – as performed by Ally Murphy – was your favourite?

No specific character, but the performance was excellent with all characters well differentiated. I'd definitely like to hear more read by Ally Murphy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarahjk79
  • 02-09-17

Heart breaking, stomach clenching but so worth it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I already have. Its a brilliantly written novel that is worth all it gives.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration and the story come together to provide an explosive listen.

What does Ally Murphy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ally Murphys' narration coupled together with this breathtaking, heart breaking highly emotive story comes together to provide and explosive listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MissSharonF
  • 01-28-17

Heartbreakingly amazing

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • a white
  • 01-28-17

Oh my good God

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexina Golding - Bookstormer
  • 01-27-17

Hauntingly Clever

What made the experience of listening to Frailty the most enjoyable?

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.

What about Ally Murphy’s performance did you like?

Her voice, and the change over of characters were extremely smooth. To pull off talking as a child, worked and was beautifully haunting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I don't want to give spoilers, but Hope's Chapters were well written, without being sensationalised.

Any additional comments?

Frailty is an emotive read, that captures family life when a child goes missing and how devastating it is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • 02-20-17

Horribly good book

A well written, terrifying story, told in a very good way.
I really enjoyed listening to it, even though it was very emotional.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirsty
  • 08-17-17

ok

I found the narrator's voice really irritating, especially the childrens voices. Story was ok.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-17

Enjoyed this book

the narrator was brilliant and the story line kept me hooked until the end! thoroughly recommend this book