Hauntingly beautiful, full of Hope, and it portrays the feelings of being Hopeful and Hopeless as a parent, a brilliantly uncomfortable and emotional read, that I can’t recommend highly enough.
I have read Betsy’s previous books and raved about the Opticians Wife and Beneath the Watery Moon, two totally different reads.
The darkness of both books is brilliant, so it was with some trepidation to read her next book.
Frailty cannot be compared to any of the previous books that Betsy has written. It was like being given a fragile gift, which had to be savoured. The book starts with a prologue, the chapters are character set.
From that moment of reading the first page, to the last I slightly held my breath and didn’t let go until I had finished, even then I didn’t and won’t ever let go of this story.
The story is based around Libby and Danny’s missing child Hope, and the hopelessness they feel. The couple are portrayed so well, the anguish they feel in finding Hope, and how they both deal with the after effects of their missing child, together and separately are so real, your heart really does lurch, and break for them.
How you have to handle yourself within your family and for the Police, and Media when you just want to curl up, fall apart, but survive enough to find your child.
It is a harrowing read, we have seen the news of real life missing children. Betsy loves looking at the minds of people and adds another layer of darkness to us human’s this time she handles everything with sensitivity, pulls back from being overly graphic and gives an absolute gem of a story. Making the Birds and every character has a rightful place in this book.
I finished the book and realised I had read something that is beautiful and needed handling with care, frailty must have been an extremely difficult book to write, it is an uncomfortable read. It is clever, deceptive and Betsy has produced another book that is one that will stay with me, and be one of my all-time favourite reads.
Having read the book a few weeks ago, even now I think about it and it has left its mark emotionally with me, and I do admit I cried when finishing.
5 stars’ and an All Time Favourite star rating review from Bookstormer