Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

Publication Date: April 21, 2014

Fragile Line turned out to be an amazing book! I had thought it was going to head in a paranormal direction, but that wasn’t what the plot was about at all. I really liked Ellie and sympathized how scary it was for her to wake up with hours and days missing completely from her memory.

The beginning was a bit confusing, but the good kind of confusing. I couldn’t really figure out what was going on with Ellie and what was happening to her during the blackouts—it made me eager to keep reading. As the story progressed, I was able to guess what was going on and I was curious to see how the rest of the plot would develop.

I liked the romance in the book and enjoyed the angst of whether Shane and Ellie would work out. I didn’t totally love Shane at first, but by the end of the book, he had me swooning. There’s a quasi love triangle in the book, but it was enjoyable and I was never completely sure if any of the relationships could really work.

I loved the writing style and the pace of the novel. The author really had me feeling how confused and heartbroken Ellie was over her predicament. The book flowed effortlessly and I never found myself bored by the plot or skimming sections.

The final quarter of the novel was dark. It was so sickening to see what was happening to Ellie during those lost periods of time. It was bad enough to wake up with a tattoo without remembering getting it, but the rest was so much more twisted.

The novel is YA, but with some of the plotlines, I think it would be better suited for older teens and adult readers. Fans of psychological suspense will likely enjoy Fragile Line.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review


  1. This one sounds good. I always like when a book starts off confusingly. (I mean in the good way too.) I will have to see if this is at my library!

  2. Having blackouts is one of those phrases that always pull me towards a book. It's good to know in advanced that it's twisted. I really need to check this one out now. Great review!

  3. I agree dark, but I too liked the romance and how things worked together in this book.

  4. OOH! Adding to my TBR list. I love psychological thrillers :) Great review, Heather. WRITE ON!