By: Shivaun Plozza
Genre: YFCB - Thrillers (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 28/3/2016
ISBN: 9780143573166


Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances . . . 

When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes . . . and secrets of his own.

Frankie's search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.


When you have been abandoned at a children’s farm by your Mum as a four year old and raised by an Aunt who runs a kebab shop, you learn to be tough. Meet Frankie.

She’s already broken the nose of a jerk at school that made fun of her and she’s angry about everything. So when a guy called Xavier shows up claiming to be her half brother, Frankie’s world is teetering.

But even though Xavier is a petty thief living rough, when he disappears Frankie is hell bent on finding him, or at least finding out what happened to him.

Frankie is a raw, hard hitting novel with a gutsy lead character that is not always likeable, but you can’t help getting behind her story and hoping that she will come through stronger.

It will be best suited to a 15+ reader with mature themes that deal with the seedier side of humanity.

Reviewed by Rob