Fragile by Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Everything she touches breaks . . .
Nell Ballard is a runaway. A former foster child with a dark secret she is desperate to keep, all Nell wants is to find a place she can belong.
So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands.
Only her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for. Her employer lives by a set of rigid rules and she soon sees that he is hiding secrets of his own.
But is Nell’s arrival at the Villas really the coincidence it seems? After all, she knows more than most how fragile people can be – and how easy they can be to break.”
My Thoughts & Review
Fragile is my first novel from this author. I’ve heard about and seen some of her books but have not picked any up until now. What drew me to this book was the description. It was intriguing and couldn’t wait to get started.
Fragile is a well-structured book and written well, with some great detailed descriptions of both Wales and London. Now although I said this is well written I did struggle with the story. Yes, I raced through the first half of this book, and really liked the mystery and drama, but sadly for me things started to go a little downhill and things started to get confusing. Quite a few things in the story left me with questions which unfortunately for me weren’t answered by the time I got to the end.
Now for the characters well, what can I say. I personally didn’t like any of them. Yes, Nell the main character comes across as a clever and resourceful individual, and her story is sad but as a character I found her to be quite unreliable in this story and at times I found her quite annoying, especially when it came to some of the decisions and actions she took. As for the other characters I wasn’t a fan of them either. I feel like I need to know more about them and they needed to be a little more developed.
Overall this was an ok read for me, but based on the writing style and the descriptions alone I had to give it an extra star. Although this particular story wasn’t quite to my liking, I will still be looking picking up the other books from this author.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my eARC in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.
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