Blog Tour- The Life and Death of Frankie D.

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Could a hundred-year-old circus sideshow be the key to Frankie’s mysterious past?

Seventeen-year old Frankie doesn’t trust easily. Not others, and not even herself. Found in an alley when she was a child, she has no memory of who she is, or why she was left there. Recurring dreams about a hundred-year-old carnival sideshow, a performer known as Alligator Girl, and a man named Monsieur Duval have an eerie familiarity to them.

Frankie gets drawn deeper into Alligator Girl’s world, and the secrets that kept the performers bound together. But a startling encounter with Monsieur Duval when she’s awake makes Frankie wonder what’s real and what’s in her head.

As Frankie’s and Alligator Girl’s stories unfold, Frankie’s life takes a sharp twist. Are the dreams her way of working through her trauma, or is there a more sinister plan at work? And if there is, does she have the strength to fight it?

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Thank you to Dundurn Press for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The dreams started the night of the break-in.

The characters and the atmosphere truly shine within the pages of The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. I was quickly immersed in the story, which is often the case in circus/carnival-themed books. While it did take me a moment to form a connection with Frankie and to become invested in her, I started to understand her more and more as the story went on. She is really a character that grows on you! I always appreciate a book with strong character development, which The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. definitely has in spades! Frankie was found in an alley as a child and has no memory of her past. Things are slowly revealed as she continues to have dreams about a sideshow performer known as Alligator Girl. As the book is only 250 pages, I think it is best to go into knowing very little and to just go along for the ride.

The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. is a book that you could read in one sitting. It is the perfect way to spend a rainy day! There is a mystery woven throughout the story that keeps you turning the page. There was a lot that I didn’t see coming! Also, how stunning is that cover? It perfectly captures the essence of the story.

  • Characters: 8
  • Atmosphere/Setting: 9
  • Writing Style:  7
  • Plot: 7
  • Intrigue: 8
  • Logic/Relationships: 8
  • Enjoyment: 8

Overall CAWPILE score: 55/7=7.8

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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