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She acts like she's your new best friend, but is she really a deadly enemy?

When Isabel Anderson nearly runs over mysterious Alicia McBride, she is ridden with guilt. She helps Alicia get a job at the supermarket where she works, and soon, Alicia is acting like her new best friend. But then strange fires start to break out all over...more
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Lorna Dounaeva (first published March 10th 2013)
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Simon Okill
FRY by Lorna Dounaeva is a pyrotechnic psychological thriller of the most brilliant kind. The author had me gripped once the story began to move in sinister twists that never let up. Relentless is the word this reader would describe the plot.
Isabel almost runs down Alicia. She feels guilty and sets Alicia up with a job where she works. A friendship starts but soon becomes a game of cat and mouse as fires erupt all over the town of Queensbeach in UK. Subtle hints are played to great effect as Isa...more
Gloria Antypowich

Isabel Anderson meets Alicia McBride under startling circumstances. She almost runs over Alicia when she appears in front of her car out of nowhere. Shocked and guilt ridden, she invites her into her home and offers her tea. Alicia is waif like and "different" (to be honest,for much of the book I suspected that there was a paranormal element to the story). She says is looking for work and Isabel recommends her for a job at the store where she works. By insinuating that they are best friends Alic...more
Kassandra Lamb
Let me start by saying that I set out to read for an hour or two the other night to wind down before bed, and ended up staying up until 2:30 in the morning to finish this book. Having said that, I felt that the last 80% of the book was far better than the beginning. I didn’t find the protagonist, Isabel’s initial suspicions of Alicia all that plausible. I’ll buy that she felt something was off but she accepts her negative assessment of the girl with very little ambivalence. Most of us, when we d...more
Liz Wilkins
So, I started reading this early afternoon and five hours later I was done. Yes it really is that good - I would strongly advise that you do not pick it up unless you have a free few hours to spare. Strangely I didnt think I was going to like it for the first few pages, probably because there is no hanging around - bam! There you are, straight into the action. Having just finished a slightly less pacy book, its probable that my brain took a few pages to catch up with the rest of me! After that h...more
Jeff Bitton
I really enjoyed it! It’s the sort of book you have no choice but to finish the same day you start. I like the setting, the characters, fast pace, the mystery and some really unexpected twists. Made me wonder how little we think of consequences of our actions. A throw-away conversation that we forget the next day might significantly change another person’s life. A chilling thought.

I would definitely read more from Lorna!
Lorna Lee
Do you ever really know a person? Who hasn't asked themselves that question? That question is at the heart of this psychological thriller. And that's why is is such a compelling and frightening read. If you are like me, you will think about your life differently after reading this book. One misstep with the wrong person and...poof! Your life could go, figuratively, up in smoke.

Lorna's writing style is so friendly and conversant, that I felt I was having a relaxed cup of tea with her in her "fla...more
Gail Ritter
This was a real page turner; it also can do a real number on the readers' head.
I was feeling so sorry for Isabel; she was being stalked and set up as an arsonist by a very creepy Alicia. As the book went on, and Isabel got more and more paranoid, I also felt the same way. What if Isabel is the crazy one? Why would poor little Alicia be picking on her? I felt like I was the one going crazy, right along with Isabel. A tricky plot, and a creepy atmosphere = a good read.
Diane Major
What to say... Well from page 2 I was hooked. After what appears to be an accident, Isabel meets a new friend. Soon some phychological games begin. At times Isabel wonders if she is losing her mind and her friends don't seem to acknowledge there's a problem. After visiting her brother Julio and his girlfriend Holly, Isabel believes she has found an ally. Then the plot gets more complicated. Can someone be in two places at the same time? Or could it be Isabel is simply having a breakdown. This is...more
Garry Kay
Quite brilliant. Fast-moving, action-packed, subtle and slaps you round the face from start to finish. We all make the odd mistake now and then, but for most of us, it doesn’t come back and bite you on the bum many years later. The halo of innocence above Lorna’s villain is held so firmly in place that our luckless leading lady is left doubting her own sanity. The reader is left doubting her sanity to the point that nothing falls into place until the very last page. Who is the twisted fire start...more
Beaird Glover
FRY is a very suspenseful psychological thriller. Written in a conversational English dialect, it quickly and easily captures the reader’s attention. The protagonist is tormented and driven crazy, or possibly is leading a double life. One secret after another is deftly revealed with her sanity coming more and more in question, to herself and the reader. She is delusional or dissociating, paranoid, or else reailty is unraveling. The reader anticipates the worst and hopes for the best, but mostly...more
Miika Hannila
Lorna has managed to create a unique atmosphere with FRY, including well-written characters and an interesting plot. I also really liked the colorful and descriptive way she writes in: it's easy to see what's happening and jump along for the ride. The pacing was also just right, it kept me wondering and speculating, and there was enough incentive so I really wanted to turn those pages and find out what happens next.
Gregg Matthews
I downloaded this e-book from to my kindle fire.The author Lorna Dounaeva did a good job putting this story together. There were times when I did get caught up in the story. The story did have an underlying meaning and was good. The story also had some good smart characters in it.

Some of the things I did not like about the e-book were that it had so many typographical errors. This did take away from reading the e-book. It was very distracting there were too many errors. The structure...more
Colleen Hudson
Meh. I didn't find the book particularly believable. And the ending seemed too "wrapped up" - I'd have liked some loose ends leaving the possibility for a follow-up book - and just something to keep me guessing. I found the book to be too long - it could have used a bit more editing. I'm not sure who the target audience was for this book - perhaps young adults. It wasn't "deep" enough to be an adult novel. And all of the chapters had to end at the climax of something - sort of like the old "Goos...more
Amy Pyles
Good, easy, quick read. Suspenseful and page-turning.
Excellent novel! A cat and mouse mystery that kept me turning the pages. This is also a great psychological thriller. So many twists and turns that are unexpected in this book. I enjoyed it as it seemed like something that could happen in life though I hope not as intensely as in this novel. The characters are written so that you feel as if you know them. I had to stop reading to do errands and I almost didn't do them because it was so difficult to stop reading.
I was going to only give this book three stars, but about halfway through, it did get better. At first, I found the lead character's thoughts and decisions rather unwarranted and frivolous. It seemed she everything in the book to make her situation worse. She made herself look suspicious, and she made very stupid mistakes. Though, I did get caught up in how she was ever going to get herself out of the trouble she was in. Not sure I was crazy about the ending. I hope there is not a sequel. It was...more
I read this book all in one night because it is non stop. I couldn't put it down. I completely felt for Alica as she was being tormented by insane Isabel. At times I felt I was going crazy along with Alicia. Psychological thriller that had me at the edge of my seat through the whole book. Twists and turns kept me scratching my head so I had to know what happened next!
Pretty good read. At first I thought it as a Single White Female-ish story, I wasn't sure if I would continue. I was told to stick to it. And I am glad I did, it was a good read and a not so over-used twist. The end was quite profound! As in just the very last page. However it would mean nothing to you if you hadn't read the rest of the book.
Sandra Fisher
Absolutely intriguing

Absolutely intriguing

Theme twists and turns woven in the story made it hard to stop reading,
I just wanted to see how the plot unfolded.

Nice quick read

Nice quick read

Didn't have my kids for the day so instead of cleaning, I curled up with this book. Fast paced and keeps you guessing.
I loved it!

I had no expectations starting a book by an unknown author and I was engrossed quickly and remained so to the end. I'm looking forward to her next book.
Leo Ponder

page Turner. I felt all the emotions. Isn't that what a good read is all about!
Don't miss this one!
Leo Ponder
5 stars
Lynn Ristau

Like others have said, it is an easy read. If you can suspend disbelief it's even an enjoyable read. Unfortunately I couldn't suspend it that far to truly like the book. It kept me reading but only to see what ludicrous thing the author was going to have the villain do next. The only character that has any depth is the main one who is a bit whiny and has many TSTL moments. All the rest are pretty flat.
Mark Gallard
This was my first Lorna Dounaeva novel. Congratulations for a superb piece of work. This book is a definite page turner and one that was an easy read. My only criticism, and I feel that criticism is a bit of a harsh word, is that in some chapters I thought it had been over edited. In several places the story seemed to jump on too quickly for my liking. I feel that certain areas could have been expanded, and perhaps had been at some point. Authors and editors sometimes feel that a book is too lon...more
Barbara Rospopo

It was the first book I read on my kindle. I enjoyed jit very much. I highly recommend it. l
This was an easy read and I wanted to know what happened but I don't think it was written very well.
sharlon strickland
Fry was excellent.

Fry kept me on my a rat's edge throughout the entire book. It was well written and easy to read. The romance entertained in the story added a soft touch.
Once I got in to it I couldn't put it down! Very unique story!
Susan Fenlon
Fantastic book

I could not put this book down. I haven't read a book like this in a long time, very suspenseful, really kept you wondering what was going to happen next.
Stacey Delaney
Great read...kept me interested and wanting more!
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Lorna Dounaeva is a quirky British crime writer who once challenged a flamenco troupe to a dance-off. She is a politics graduate and worked for the Home Office for a number of years. Her influences include Single White Female and American Psycho. She has two active toddlers who keep her busy wiping food off the ceiling and removing mints from USB sockets. She is addicted to coffee and anticipates...more
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