Australian Feature Book of the Month Risk by Fleur Ferris #review

Title: Risk

Author: Fleur Ferris

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Random House Australia

Source: Kindly provided by Publisher and Netgalley

Release Date:July 1  2015

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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 even knew existed.

Can Taylor find Sierra’s abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?

My Thoughts


This would have to be the best book I have read all year, which if you follow my blog you would probably see that this is out of character for me.  Risk is a hauntingly beautiful, scary and harrowing. Risk is the story of Sierra and Taylor, best friends forever even their mothers are best friends.

Sierra and Taylor are messing around on chat rooms which we all end up doing in teenage years at one time or another, when Sierra meets a guy that she really likes, she gives this guy Taylor’s email address and goes home.

Taylor starts getting emails from this guy Jacob and they chat on line for hours with Taylor falling head over heals with him. The next time at school Taylor is about to tell Sierra her news when Sierra gets in first, she has fallen in love with Jacob herself and has organised to meet him on Friday for a quick date in the city. Embarrassed and upset  Taylor refuses to go with her but still covers for her with their parents.

Sierra is never seen again.  Taylor starts a website called Risk to teach other people the dangers of the Internet, hoping that it never happens again.

Risk is all about the dangers of the Internet particular for those who don’t understand how easy it is for you to be untraceable.  It is scary how easy Sierra and Taylor fall for this guys grooming techniques and it is explained in the book without taking away for the story how he does it.

You will need tissues for this book, not only do Sierra’s friends have to deal with her murder they we also get a front seat view on how they deal with their guilt and grief in dealing with their own issues from the murder.

I could not recommend this book enough, especially for teens who think this could never happen to them. In the age of Internet, sexting and chat rooms. You never know who you are going to meet.



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