A Frayed Web by Jon Ripslinger
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (264 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Walter Bohannon fears love has blinded his mom. After his dad’s death, she reconnected with an old sweetheart, but Adam Kingsley may not be the same person she dated in high school. Even his teenage daughter doesn’t seem to know him very well.
Probing into Kingsley’s background, Walter discovers some disturbing things about his soon-to-be stepdad. Kingsley has secrets, and he might be willing to kill to protect them.
Can Walter convince his mother of the danger before it’s too late?
A bad hunch isn’t enough to convince anyone, but it’s all Walter has at the moment.
Walter was a well-developed and interesting main character The first thing I noticed about him was how great he was at sticking with something that caught his attention until he’d figured it all out. It made me like him immediately because I could tell that he wasn’t going to give up until he had some kind of explanation for what was going on. I couldn’t wait to follow him along the way. Persistence is also something I love seeing in a mystery because of how important this personality trait can be when working with a difficult case, so I was thrilled to find this trait so early on and in such an important character.
There were pacing issues in this book. It took Walter a while to start wondering about his stepfather’s past. The clues about this were shared with the audience in ways that didn’t always make sense to me. For example, he tended to receive clues in big batches. His attempts to sort out so many pieces of information at once often slowed down what was an otherwise an exciting and intriguing plot because it wasn’t always clear to him or to me which hints were most important. It would have been nice to either have more hints about which details the author wanted me to pay the most attention to or to have more time between clues so that the plot could keep moving along at its normal pace while we both tried to piece together what was happening.
With that being said, the mystery itself was really well done. I appreciated the fact that Mr. Ripslinger spent so much time exploring all of the possible answers to it. It gave me plenty of opportunities to decide which one of them I thought was the most likely solution, and it also gave me the chance to change my mind a few times along the way as the main character uncovered evidence that could have been interpreted in multiple ways. The ending was something I thought about for quite a while after I finished reading it. It was simply that satisfying and good.
A Frayed Web kept me guessing until the end. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to dive into something complex and thought-provoking.