*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has in no way influenced my review.*
As much as I wanted to love this book because of that gorgeous cover and the intriguing blurb, it just didn’t work for me.
My biggest issue was the writing itself. All the similes and flashbacks didn’t flow well, and everything just felt kind of choppy.
There were also some inconsistencies and things that didn’t quite make sense about the Fray Theory, the actual theory in the book. For example, Neve and Galen kept talking about the dreams being in 3rd person, but every time the dreams were actually described or experienced, they were in 1st person.
I also felt confused in general by what was going on. I got answers about what was causing the supernatural powers, but Dylan and Romer were both hiding things for so much of the book, and there was all this other stuff involving the bad guys and the plot that weren’t given any explanation. It was a purposeful thing, meant to be part of the mystery as the characters themselves didn’t know yet, and I’m sure these things will be explained in later books, but I personally don’t like not knowing things like that. I like having answers.
Last but not least, I just wasn’t invested in the characters. I didn’t dislike them, I simply didn’t feel a connection to any of them. I also felt their POVs sounded a bit similar (yes, I do feel 3rd person can sound different for each character, not just 1st person).
All that being said, other people may love the characters and connect to them just fine since, as I said, they weren’t unlikeable. And there were some interesting relationship dynamics going on between the three of them. Romer and Dylan had one of those relationships in which they used to be best friends, but then something happened (you do get an answer about that, I’m just not explaining because spoilers), and now Romer is angry and hurt by Dylan but at the same time still cares, so it’s complicated. And there was a hint at a possible love triangle or at the very least a romance with an old flame. So there’s potential for some good stuff there.
The Fray Theory (again, the actual theory in the book) was also interesting and made me think, despite some of the things that didn’t quite make sense to me. And it was a different take on the paranormal than anything I’ve read in any other book.
The plot was also decent, but I think I’d have enjoyed that part more if I hadn’t felt so out of the loop wondering what exactly what going on, as I mentioned above. If you like mysteriousness in books, I think you’ll like the story more.
So overall the writing wasn’t for me and I didn’t feel invested in the characters, but the book definitely put an interesting spin on the typical supernatural/paranormal abilities and might be something other readers will enjoy more.
Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.
Neve Knightly is living a lie.
But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has been shattered, and she has caught a glimpse of what slithers just beneath the surface.
She now has the opportunity to decipher the enigma that’s been haunting her since childhood. But her quest soon becomes deeply entangled with the last two people she could have ever imagined: the love of her life, Dylan, who mysteriously vanished three years ago, and his estranged best friend, Romer, who seems to be guarding a secret of his own.
Romance, rancor, and redemption plummet as priorities, as their lives become riddled with peculiar happenings lying just outside the realm of science. And in search for salvation, they emerge at the brink of unveiling the best-kept secret in human history.
Book Author: Nelou Keramati
Publisher: Self Published
Series: The Fray Theory
Genre: Fantasy, Metaphysical & Visionary, New Adult, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver