Risk By Fleur Ferris

Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris (Author of the Month for August)
First Published: 1st July 2015
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Library
Trigger Warning: Rape

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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 knew existed. Can Taylor fins Sierra’s abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?

My Thoughts:

First of all let me just say that I originally read the book in paperback. Reading the physical copy of the book allowed me to endure a very slow climax with me ultimately rating the book an easy 3 star rating. I enjoyed the book and it’s message but it could have been tweaked here and there. But after finishing the book the lovely author had a giveaway for the audiobook and I was like “Why the hell not ? Go for gold”. It turned out that I won and was gifted credit on Audible to buy it and man did the audiobook change my rating.

First off, I tip my hat to the narrator of the audiobook Marny Kennedy who pulled off the characters voices and in doing so clarified some scenes which I thought were confusing by setting a mood with her voice. Listening to the audiobook helped alot and in doing so, I admired the author, Fleur Ferris, and her writing.

(Before I go any further in the review here’s another TRIGGER WARNING for the actual book just incase you didn’t see it before: rape, abduction)

‘Risk’ deals with the dangers of the internet and ultimately online predators. Cyber Safety isn’t endorsed enough in books or even in schools which is why ‘Risk’ should be a lovely addition to school curricula around the world. The book basically takes the issue and slaps you in the face with the terrifying reality that could occur to anybody anywhere. Risk is heartbreakingly and alarmingly amazing, raising awareness for those who don’t know the risks of the internet. The book honestly scared me and made me rethink about my actions on the internet. The whole plot of the book was sensational with Fleur making you feel devastating emotions. 

I think Fleur Ferris’s background of being a police officer and experiencing the disappearance of a friend’s daughter had given the book an authentic feel with so many facts also being provided for the public to use. 
Continuing on, ‘Risk’ is beautifully written and the characters are so realistic. Teenagers in our day and age definitely think like the characters within the book. The very first page starts off with the two girls Sierra and Taylor talking and on an online chatroom. The way the author approaches this scenario definitely made me feel like I personally know the two characters. On the physical copy of the book, I felt as if the rest of the characters (just Taylor’s friends) were entirely underdeveloped because they were just there. In the background. Not doing anything majorly important. But through the audiobook, I finally could see and visualise the characters and their personality which was amazing. Through the audiobook, I appreciated the characters so much more, realising their value in the story. I also loved how the book didn’t concentrate too much on the romance as well, with the moral of the story out shining everything. (But the romance was in no doubt a very cute plus to the book.)

The Verdict:

Overall the book was amazing and authentic with the author, Fleur Ferris, nailing teenage emotions and their reactions. I cannot emphasise enough on how terrifyingly real the book is with readers possibly being unable to sleep after the traumatic experience (But please don’t make this scare you away from the book. Just take a ‘Risk’ and buy a copy). ‘Risk’ has ultimately earned it’s five stars possibly saving a life every time someone reads it.

Bye For Now xox

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