Everything she touches breaks . . .
Nell Ballard is a runaway. A former foster child with a dark secret she is desperate to keep, all Nell wants is to find a place she can belong.
So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands.
But her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for. Her employer lives by a set of rigid rules and she soon sees that he is hiding secrets of his own.
But is Nell’s arrival at the Villas really the coincidence it seems? After all, she knows more than most how fragile people can be – and how easy they can be to break . . .
I devoured this novel in short order, not only is it a beautifully plotted emotional mystery, with some brilliantly evocative writing and layered, memorable characters but it has such a kick ass ending that I sobbed for a good while when I’d finished it.
Sarah Hilary’s writing super power is in her exploration of social issues within the narrative, letting the characters shine through whilst they remind you that so many live a difficult, imperfect life. Never preaching but always aware, the journeys that unfold in all her stories are utterly compelling and intense- Fragile has this in spades and it is a joy to read.
Fragile digs deep into the vagaries of human nature and how we are affected by the things that happen to us and the people we connect with. As such it is an excellent read, entertaining yes, but so much more.