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'Gripping, devastating and terrifying. The scariest thing is that everything that happens in Risk is all too possible.' Rebecca James, bestselling author of Beautiful Malice

Book Setting: Melbourne, Australia
Risk, Fleur Ferris

Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor's fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? From kissing Taylor's crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn't seem to notice when she hurts her friends.

So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time, Taylor rolls her eyes.

But Sierra doesn't come back when she said she would.

One day. Two days. Three . . .

What if Taylor's worrying for nothing? What if Sierra's just being Sierra, forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy?

When Taylor finally tells Sierra's mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.

Can Taylor find Sierra's abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?

When a former police officer and paramedic writes a novel inspired by true stories of online predators and love gone wrong, you know you're getting the real deal.

LONGLISTED, Indie Book Awards 2016

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780857986474
    Published: 01/07/2015
    Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9780857986481
    Published: 01/07/2015
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Child
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"Gripping, devastating and terrifying. The scariest thing is that everything that happens in Risk is all too possible." - Rebecca James, bestselling author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE

"I'm going to say this straight up – everyone needs to read this book. Whether you're a teenager, a parent, or a teacher, you need to get your hands on this book. It is so important that stories like these are heard and that parents and young people have an understanding of what's possible on the internet, and how to protect yourself from it . . . This is one of my top reads for the year, and I can't give it enough hearts." - nicolehasread.blogspot.com.au

"Risk should be on your To-be-read list as of July, and give it to any teenagers you know. It’s not a light read, but it’s a compelling and important one." - shereechristoffersen.com

"Teenagers are taught about online safety at school, but it can take a novel such as Fleur Ferris’s Risk to drive home the dangers . . . As a former police officer, Ferris keeps the police investigation realistic and highlights how online predators operate . . . Verdict: insightful." - Herald Sun

"Ferris has worked as a police officer and paramedic so her voice and pacing is authoritative . . . Two naive girls don’t realise that their web trail shows exactly where they are whenever they’re online. Although uplifting in a way, this cautionary tale is suspenseful and shattering." - Joy Lawn, The Australian

"On the back of the excellent comments from a school principal about her experience of reading Fleur Ferris’ Risk, I decided to have a quick dip into the book yesterday over my lunch break. Well, I finished reading it at about midnight last night, and had a fitful night’s sleep afterwards. This book was most certainly gripping, and the story of seemingly innocent online behaviour that goes tragically wrong was heart-wrenching in its authenticity. This story should be read by every teenager with online access, and by every parent who believes their children are safe in their online behaviour." - Bron, thekidsbookshop.com.au

"What makes stories like these really have an impact on me is how realistic they are, and this one was spot on. The whole way through all I could think about was how this could quite easily happen to somebody I know . . . This was an amazing book which tackled real-world issues, tugged at my heartstrings, and had me laughing/crying throughout. An amazing YA debut from Fleur Ferris." - Chris Buur, yawonders.blogspot.com.au

"This has got to be the most affecting Young Adult novel I have ever read. It is also the scariest. What makes Risk so truly horrifying is that it is too real. The threat that is explored in this novel is ever present in all of our social media ridden lives . . . All the characters in this book are so relatable. Their stories are relevant and captivating. They could be people you know, or people you go to school with. You could just as easily be reading about your sister, or your best friend . . . All young adults would benefit from reading this book. So would their parents, their teachers, and their siblings. This is such an important story, and it needs to be shared." - thenookreviews.weebly.com

"Risk is an important message wound up in an excellent and thrilling read. Put this book in as many young people’s hands as possible!" - professionalbooklady.wordpress.com

"As a Mum this is a truly terrifying novel, and should be eye-opening reading for every teenager who uses the internet . . . Beautifully written, tragic and sad, but with a wonderful theme of learning to forgive yourself and not to worry about the little things in life, this book was incredibly hard to put down and will strike a chord with teenagers everywhere." - Michelle, lamontbooks.com.au

Fleur Ferris

Fleur Ferris

Fleur Ferris spent the first seventeen years of her life growing up on a farm in Patchewollock, north-west Victoria. She then moved twenty times in twenty years.

During this time, Fleur sometimes saw the darker side to life while working for a number of years as a police officer and a paramedic.

She now lives a more settled lifestyle on a rice farm in southern New South Wales, with her husband and three young children.

Fleur's colourful and diverse background has given her unique insight into today's society and an endless pool of experiences to draw from. When she isn't weaving this through young adult fiction, reading or spending time with her family, you will find her with friends, talking about art, books and travel.

Risk is Fleur's first novel for young adults, and in 2016 she will publish her second novel, Black.

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