Friday, June 5, 2015
Review: Fragile Facade by Sophie Davis
Title: Fragile Facade
Author: Sophie Davis
Summary: Raven Ferragamo is starting a new life. Taking a year off after high school, she moves to Washington, D.C., leaving her childhood friends, her family, and her problems behind. The clean break with her past starts off better than she dreamed when a hunky neighbor offers to be her D.C. tour guide. For the first time in her short life, Raven really feels as though anything is possible.
Lark Kingsley had the perfect family, the perfect future, the perfect life. Born and raised in affluent Manhattan society, she was bred for success. Lark had it all. Until one day things go terribly wrong, and she vanishes without a trace.
In the midst of a nationwide hunt for the heiress, Raven happens upon Lark’s diary. Without warning, she is drawn in to the life of a girl with many secrets. Lark knew of the fate that would befall her before she ever disappeared. Her desperate pleas for help draw Raven in to a labyrinth of lies, money, deceit and horror. Seemingly coming from different worlds, the two have more in common than either could ever imagine.Rating:5+
Recommended for: Mystery (plus a bit of romance)
I absolutely, without a doubt, loved this book! As soon as I began this book, I was sucked in. You are introduced to someone named Lark Kingsley, who is pleading for someone, specifically to find her. You also meet Raven Ferragamo, who upon moving on her own to D.C., stumbles on all these clues that pertain to Lark’s disappearance. I haven’t read many mystery novels, but this book is what I would consider a great mystery novel. What is unique about this book is that each chapter switches back and forth between Lark and Raven. When you read Raven’s point of view, you get a chance to see all the clues that Lark has left for Raven in order to help find her. Then, the chapters about Lark, are about her life before her disappearance. But, it doesn't end there. There are certain chapters, like the first, that are different from Lark’s “before” chapters. I think those chapters are about the current Lark.
I loved how those chapters were more disjointed and I couldn't tell if Lark was going insane or not. I also loved that you weren't given any indication about where she was, but knew that she was somewhere. The transitions were very smooth and I was able to remember the events from each person, even though the chapters flip flopped between the two girls. I really liked the different worlds that were thrown together, i.e., Lark’s world of being an upper east side heiress and Raven’s world of being on her own. You definitely gain an understanding through these two characters that having a lot of money and power isn't what it seems to be.