I'm an author from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I've written a novel, Silk Threads and a few short stories. Although Frankie is a pen name, she is the me who never grew up, the crazy kid who spoke to animals, talked to the wildflowers and asked awkward questions...I love: music, the silence..., distant horizons. I hate: crowds and spending money.
on Feb. 14, 2014 :
A complex storyline, simply written. It was worth reading this book twice.
I found the dialogue dynamic, fascinating and engaging all at once.
The story starts in the past with Lisa’s narration of her life as a teenager growing up within an affluent family in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and follows her burgeoning relationship with Eugene, a coloured man with a murky past and a dark personality.
Eugene, an absolute masterpiece of literary prose, gradually becomes the architect to Lisa’s successful future. A manipulative, controlling and exceedingly complicated personality, Eugene is the central facet that binds this book into an extraordinary feat of imagination.
The story then switches to current time with David, the gentle giant private investigator based in South Africa who, alongside his team, Robbie and Coral, is tasked with finding the missing heiress. The reader learns David’s story and follows his growing relationship with Henrietta, the estate agent mogul.
Lisa allows a glimpse of life as seen through the Asperger’s view-finder and this preview cleverly blends into one of the intricate layers that make up this complex narrative. Alongside the BDSM scenes, the two themes are expertly portrayed, helping the reader understand yet another carefully veiled layer of the tale.
This story galloped along in my minds-eye – the characters all had faces and personalities. I followed them everywhere and I knew things some weren’t privy to. I could work out things for myself and be excited for when the characters would find out. The four main characters were well established early on as the story cleverly criss-crossed between the past and present, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Great imagination has gone into creating an addictive and exciting dialogue to produce a story that is unique and multi-faceted – twisting and turning at every chapter. The BDSM theme is mild but not particularly offensive to most open-minded adults and it works well to understanding the storyline. However, note that this is not the central theme of the story. I wouldn’t call this genre erotica or even romance – neither of which I am a fan. It has elements of both, but in all, I would consider it Drama.
The ending was surprising and sudden leaving a multitude of unanswered questions. I couldn’t believe I had turned the last page!! The author has so many angles from which to grow this story – I sincerely hope there a ‘next edition’.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Dec. 21, 2013 :
Having recently learned about Aspergers I was fascinated by this character, Lisa. This story was complex, the relationships complicated and the passion subtle in places, hot in others. Eugene may be one of the most complicated characters I have come across in a long time. I would have loved a little more of his POV. The racial dynamic added another layer to the story and having had friends from both Zimbabwe and South Africa, black ones and white ones and hearing the different takes on what has and still happens, the author is spot on with her telling. The BDSM actually made sense in this story in terms of teaching Lisa control and routine, not just jumping on the bandwagon. A very good effort.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 01, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book, the writing style is simple, the ideas complex. The ending is good: unexpected. Its not a book I would recommend to my (teenage) children, but certainly to adults!
(review of free book)
on Oct. 02, 2013 :
I have read the book twice - refreshingly different and very unusual plot. I particularly enjoyed the sudden twists to the story, from Bulawayo to Jo'Burg, from past to present and then the intriguing complications of the two female characters.
If I tense and the blood starts pumping while reading a novel that I simply cannot put down - it's a winner for me. The frst time I read Silk Threads, I did not stop - for 8 hours aside from refreshments! I was captivated by the style of writing, very clear and detailed descriptions of - for me - familiar areas, as well as the sheer devilry of Eugene who Kay manages to expose as a demon as well as a manipulator in a clearly favourable light to Lisa, who grows into a butterfly from a particularly insignificant larva.
I look forward to reading more from Frankie Kay as I believe there is huge potential in this new writer. I love reading and I loved reading this novel!
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2013 :
I enjoyed reading this book. Kay presents a simple but riveting romantic and investigative plot. Her character development is excellent, particularly with four of the main characters (Lisa, Henrietta, Eugene and David). I personally loved the character David, but Eugene is really a masterpiece.
The sexuality in this piece is particularly liberal, and may disturb some readers, but it is an essential element of the story.
The investigative part of the plot is carefully thought out, and I was happy to pick out clues as I went. Doing this made me thoroughly enjoy a particular chapter. It is set up in a wildlife orphanage and encapsulates the book plot and theme in a powerful metaphor. It’s probably one of the best chapters I’ve ever read in any novel.
Overall, it’s a very good book that I recommend to any romance fan. There is a little something for mystery fans too. There are also great snippets of life in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and South Africa for all those who may be interested.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)