RISK – Fleur Ferris (Honest Review)

 SPOILER-FREE REVIEW!

A standalone novel.

Ferris - Risk

Genre: Young Adult – Thriller
Target Audience: 12+ 
Rating:
B (76%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Description:
Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor’s fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? From kissing Taylor’s crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn’t seem to notice when she hurts her friends.
So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time, Taylor rolls her eyes.
But Sierra doesn’t come back when she said she would.
One day. Two days. Three . . .
What if Taylor’s worrying for nothing? What if Sierra’s just being Sierra, forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy?
When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.
Can Taylor find Sierra’s abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?
 

This is a heart wrenching story of fact and fiction. A fictitious story blending perfectly with the dangers that come with talking to strangers online. A threat and warning all parents give their kids. Just to be careful, but sometimes children think their parents are being ‘overprotective’ or they simply ‘just don’t understand’. This story dives into the dangers of online predators.

Initially, meeting the author is what drew me to reading this novel… and the other three of hers. She’s a pretty good author, if you ask me 😃. I knew her name before I met her, but I had never reached for one of her books and I’m glad that I did. Fleur Ferris is an ex-ambo and ex-cop, so it’s pretty safe to say that she knows a little bit of truth about the crime genre.

The plot is most definitely character-driven, nothing would have happened if it weren’t for the characters. It was a fairly teenage book and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Some books can have serious depth with multiple plots and things going on, but this one was pretty straight forward. An easy and fast read for the genre. I read this one in one sitting, and I’m happy to announce that it wasn’t predictable. Some things were obvious, but there was a lot that I didn’t realise would happen.

There was a lot of drama throughout the story involving the friend group, drama I didn’t necessarily think was needed, but that’s just me. I’m not a huge fan of drama and making things bigger than they should be.  The characters really developed over the period of the novel, they learned from their mistakes and that’s what mistakes should be used for. Knowledge to better yourself.

It was a very enjoyable book, I might not read it again but I will definitely recommend everyone give it a go. This one is my favourite of Fleur Ferris’s books so far. Definitely read it!!

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 7/10
Characterisation: 7/10
Development:
 9/10
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10

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