Author: Fleur Ferris
Rating: 3 stars
Twitter has a way of making me read books I would normally never pick up, I just really like participating in twitter chats! When I heard that the newly established #bookclubaus’s August pick was Risk, I went to purchase a copy promptly. While I really appreciated the main message in the book and ultimately found it emotionally tight, I did have a couple of problems as well.
At first, Risk starts out unnervingly like a typical high school drama – and while I love watching Mean Girls – my tolerance for this type of fiction is low in my old age. Thankfully, the frenemy plot soon got left behind and Risk started to confront larger issues. Risk mainly looks into the danger of catfishing and victims of internet dating scams.
Taylor and Sierra are best friends from childhood, they love one another, though Taylor can’t help feeling that Sierra’s life is too charmed, too perfect. They were both approached by a charming guy on a chatroom, though he ultimately chooses to take Sierra out on a date, leaving Taylor envious and hurt. However, the story takes a dark twist when Sierra does not return from her date.
There is nothing but overwhelming waves of grief wedged between periods of disbelief and numbness…