Fragile Review

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About the Book

Thirteen Reasons Why meets One of Us is Lying, Fragile in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies and secrets a group of teens tell about a deadly night.

Two best friends.

An unforgivable secret.

Katherine and Carol are best friends, competitors in a deadly competition to see who will be the skinniest.

Until Carol commits suicide.

The case is closed. Carol killed herself. Her parents know she did it. The police know she did it. Everyone at school knows she did it.

But knowing Carol, and how strange their small town is, Katherine isn’t so sure that’s what happened. Moving on isn’t easy. Before she died, Carol had called Katherine. Katherine’s world has started to unravel, as she after her parents’ divorce and her grandmother tried to file for custody of her when she was at her lowest weight. as she loses control of her eating disorder and listens to the messages her friend had left her. And tries to understand the secrets that she’s unearthed. Whatever happened to Carol isn’t over. Some of the kids at school know more about what happened than they’re saying. And somehow…Carol is at the center of all of it.

Everyone has secrets. How far will they go to protect them?

Donoghue has created an intriguing character study into the minds of people who make difficult, unimaginable choices. A dark, gritty read from a talented new author.


Gemma Donoghue is killing it with these gritty and dark contemporaries! I love contemporaries that aren’t afraid to hit upon the dark and deep topics and really open up a conversation. And Fragile definitely goes there, so make sure you go into this one expecting to feel some things.

This is my third Donoghue book and I can honestly say that each one has made me go, “this one’s my new favorite!” They’re all just so brutally honest and contain such uniquely powerful stories. And Fragile is no different. This story revolves around Katherine and her struggles with an eating disorder. As well as secrets. You’ll find yourself flipping through the pages needing to find out what happens next.

This book dives deep into issues such as eating disorders, trauma, death, as well as the secrets that those we think we are close to keep from us. It is both a harrowing story as well as an insightful one.

About the Author

Gemma Donoghue is a first-time self-publishing author, and a lover of anything that involves horror, mystery, and romance.

*I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review*

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