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Nineteen year-old Emily's acute dissociative disorder causes her to be institutionalised - again - at Greyfriars Reformatory For Girls. Caught in the crossfire between brutal Principal Quick and cruel bully Saffron Chassay, Emily befriends fellow outcast Victoria. When the terrifying apparition of the mysterious 'Grey Girl' begins scaring the inmates to death, Emily's diso Nineteen year-old Emily's acute dissociative disorder causes her to be institutionalised - again - at Greyfriars Reformatory For Girls. Caught in the crossfire between brutal Principal Quick and cruel bully Saffron Chassay, Emily befriends fellow outcast Victoria. When the terrifying apparition of the mysterious 'Grey Girl' begins scaring the inmates to death, Emily's disorder may be the one thing that can save her.


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Nineteen year-old Emily's acute dissociative disorder causes her to be institutionalised - again - at Greyfriars Reformatory For Girls. Caught in the crossfire between brutal Principal Quick and cruel bully Saffron Chassay, Emily befriends fellow outcast Victoria. When the terrifying apparition of the mysterious 'Grey Girl' begins scaring the inmates to death, Emily's diso Nineteen year-old Emily's acute dissociative disorder causes her to be institutionalised - again - at Greyfriars Reformatory For Girls. Caught in the crossfire between brutal Principal Quick and cruel bully Saffron Chassay, Emily befriends fellow outcast Victoria. When the terrifying apparition of the mysterious 'Grey Girl' begins scaring the inmates to death, Emily's disorder may be the one thing that can save her.

30 review for Greyfriars Reformatory

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY, by Frazer Lee, is a mind bending horror novel that contains psychological and physical scares. The imposing girls' reformatory is bad enough at first sight, but Principal Quick's methods for discipline make it even more dire. And who is the strange "gray" inmate that the other girls are glimpsing--the one that Principal Quick insists does NOT exist? "You'll learn . . . someday . . . " The mental fear is instilled right from the start, and the visuals of the "gray girl" s GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY, by Frazer Lee, is a mind bending horror novel that contains psychological and physical scares. The imposing girls' reformatory is bad enough at first sight, but Principal Quick's methods for discipline make it even more dire. And who is the strange "gray" inmate that the other girls are glimpsing--the one that Principal Quick insists does NOT exist? "You'll learn . . . someday . . . " The mental fear is instilled right from the start, and the visuals of the "gray girl" seem to convey both a physical and psychological terror. ". . . the thing about fear is that if you deny it, it has nowhere else to go . . . " The atmosphere itself could be described as "gray", for this bleak location, and the lives of all of the inmates there. Joy is something that doesn't exist here, which is why--I feel--the novel works so well. In this omnipresent desolation, it is all too easy to see how a shadowy figure could . . . manifest . . . and feel as if it belongs there. The only real issue I had with the story is that it felt like a massive information dump at the end, as opposed to slowly introducing elements all throughout the novel. While some parts I had already guessed as fact, they felt rushed in with others that I hadn't, taking away some of the satisfaction and giving the reader less time to process everything as a whole. Overall, a good tale of terror with believable--if sometimes unreliable--characters, and the perfect atmosphere for this to take place in. As mentioned above, a large "info dump" took away from the fluidity of the narrative towards the end, but other than that, I really enjoyed this read. Recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyndie

    Review coming soon

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaora

    ARC received from Netgalley. I quite enjoyed this one. The book's cover first caught my eye because of its creepiness and the book definitely delivered in that regard! It was fast paced and drew me in from the first page. I do wish that we could have seen more of the girls' backgrounds, but the book being as short as it is it is a minor complaint. The twists and turns came quickly and kept it very entertaining. This is something different and I recommend it to horror lovers who are like me and lov ARC received from Netgalley. I quite enjoyed this one. The book's cover first caught my eye because of its creepiness and the book definitely delivered in that regard! It was fast paced and drew me in from the first page. I do wish that we could have seen more of the girls' backgrounds, but the book being as short as it is it is a minor complaint. The twists and turns came quickly and kept it very entertaining. This is something different and I recommend it to horror lovers who are like me and love a creepy ghost story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy Perry

    #NetGalley #GreyfriarsReformatory #FlameTreePress Well, I have to say that this was my first title by this author and I quite enjoyed it! I felt like a kid again, in the best way possible! It brought back all the spooky feelings I had as a kid watching Halloween or Phantasm, the creepy, chilly, scared feelings as only a kid can experience. If you read this book I think you will understand what I mean. Emily was a mentally ill teenager who was sent to a girls reformatory school. She arrives there o #NetGalley #GreyfriarsReformatory #FlameTreePress Well, I have to say that this was my first title by this author and I quite enjoyed it! I felt like a kid again, in the best way possible! It brought back all the spooky feelings I had as a kid watching Halloween or Phantasm, the creepy, chilly, scared feelings as only a kid can experience. If you read this book I think you will understand what I mean. Emily was a mentally ill teenager who was sent to a girls reformatory school. She arrives there on a bus with several other girls of similar ilk. They have been sent there from several institutions by the court system. A hard nose principal, Ms. Quick. I especially liked the background on all of the girls that was eventually learned in the latter parts of the books. Also, there was this "ghost" girl in an old grey uniform much like the girls wore, that some of them kept seeing and ended up bringing much terror upon the girls. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I can't say much more. This story was so good and I encourage anyone who enjoys good clean fun and horror to please give this book a try, I guarantee you will like it as much as I do. And check out Flame Tree Press for other great titles!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Cavendish

    Frazer Lee writes great scary, supernatural, haunted and ghostly fiction. Greyfriars Reformatory is an excellent example of his storytelling. The story pens with a rickety old bus transporting a small group of girls to the aforementioned reformatory. They are locked in chains. All have been adjudged guilty of crimes warranting their committal to an institution run by the formidable Principal Quick. Each of the young women has a part to play n this story as the plot unfolds but it is Emily with w Frazer Lee writes great scary, supernatural, haunted and ghostly fiction. Greyfriars Reformatory is an excellent example of his storytelling. The story pens with a rickety old bus transporting a small group of girls to the aforementioned reformatory. They are locked in chains. All have been adjudged guilty of crimes warranting their committal to an institution run by the formidable Principal Quick. Each of the young women has a part to play n this story as the plot unfolds but it is Emily with whom we develop the most empathy, as the increasingly strange and inexplicable events unfold. They are only just arriving when Emily sees a strange girl, dressed in the grey uniform they must all wear, gazing down at them from the clock tower – off bounds to all inmates. As time goes by, they will each see her. But who is she? Emily has dissociative disorder and has trouble working out whether memories she experiences are real or merely induced by her cocktail of medications. As the rest of the bunch, they are a motley crew indeed. Each with a harrowing story in their background. Each with their own demons. Greyfriars Reformatory kept me royally entertained from beginning to end and, for me, represents my favourite Frazer Lee novel to date. At one point, I really thought I had worked it all out – only to find I could hardly have been more wrong. The author skilfully weaves the threads of this absorbing tail into a web of fear, ghosts, revenge and terror. Fabulous stuff!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Emily has mental health issues. Her dissociative disorder and its behavior issues lands her in a reformatory. Not just any institution....but Greyfriars Reformatory. Creepy place. Creepy staff. Creepy secrets..... This story is so atmospheric! I could almost place myself on that rickety, horrible bus riding to Greyfriars with the girls. This story would make an awesome movie! I'm not going to say much about the plot -- no spoilers. This is definitely a story that is better with absolutely NO prio Emily has mental health issues. Her dissociative disorder and its behavior issues lands her in a reformatory. Not just any institution....but Greyfriars Reformatory. Creepy place. Creepy staff. Creepy secrets..... This story is so atmospheric! I could almost place myself on that rickety, horrible bus riding to Greyfriars with the girls. This story would make an awesome movie! I'm not going to say much about the plot -- no spoilers. This is definitely a story that is better with absolutely NO prior knowledge of events. Don't read reviews....don't read blurbs --- read the book!!! This story kept my attention from start to finish. Creepy atmosphere. Great character development. Excellent suspense. And lots of twisty goodness! Loved it! This is the second book I've read by Frazer Lee. Hearthstone Cottage is also a very good, suspenseful story. I'm definitely going to read more -- I like Lee's style! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Flame Tree Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** I’ve become a fan of Frazer Lee over the last few years through his Daniel Gates Adventures and then his release ‘Hearthstone Cottage.’ I was excited to see the announcement of ‘Greyfriars Reformatory’ and his exploration of horror set in an institutional setting. What I liked: The book opens up immediately with our characters arriving at Greyfriars. Our M/C sizes up the other girls on the bus with her and then we get to meet the Warden, who l ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** I’ve become a fan of Frazer Lee over the last few years through his Daniel Gates Adventures and then his release ‘Hearthstone Cottage.’ I was excited to see the announcement of ‘Greyfriars Reformatory’ and his exploration of horror set in an institutional setting. What I liked: The book opens up immediately with our characters arriving at Greyfriars. Our M/C sizes up the other girls on the bus with her and then we get to meet the Warden, who lets us know it was nice to see Emily again. Right off the bat, Lee decides to toss in a short sentence about Emily spotting something high above in one of the tower windows, but then moves on quickly. One thing I enjoyed was the character relationships in here. It felt prison-like in nature, with the hierarchy of people and how things were done, but at the same time Lee let it be a bit looser. Maybe more minimum security level versus maximum works best as a description. Lee has proven time and time again that he can write some of the creepiest scenes out there and this one didn’t let me down. What I didn’t like: Honestly, I found it a bit jarring that we get a glimpse of the ‘Grey Girl’ almost immediately. I wished it would’ve been a bit further in, but ultimately it played out well. There is a massive info dump near the end that slowed the progress a bit, but if you push through, you’ll be rewarded. Why you should buy this: Well, obviously, if you love institutionally set horror, you’ll dig this. There is always so much that an author can play with when they have a building with a history as the main set piece. Frazer writes buzz saw quick in spots, which make for some dark, dark passages. Awesome stuff. Definitely another reason to check out more of his work!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Merchant

    Flame Tree has turned me onto many great authors over the last two years, so I’m always eager to read one of their new releases. While Greyfriars Reformatory isn’t a homerun, it does introduce me to an author I would like to read more from in the future. This story is about Emily and several other girls that have been sent to an experimental institution run by one woman who calls all the shots: Principal Quick. She is strict and heartless. But worse than Quick is the creepy girl watching from the Flame Tree has turned me onto many great authors over the last two years, so I’m always eager to read one of their new releases. While Greyfriars Reformatory isn’t a homerun, it does introduce me to an author I would like to read more from in the future. This story is about Emily and several other girls that have been sent to an experimental institution run by one woman who calls all the shots: Principal Quick. She is strict and heartless. But worse than Quick is the creepy girl watching from the clocktower; not only does she supposedly not exist, she’s soon terrifying every one of the inmates with their heinous pasts. Honestly, this story would have done better as a movie. What psychological terror Lee could have utilized to his advantage was held back for whatever reason; instead, he favored jump scares and generic horror tropes (the ghost girl walks like a spider at times, she has long hair that covers her face, her joints click in erratic movements, etc.). I had no problem imagining it at all in my head as a movie - and that was great, really - but as a book, I frequently felt cheated by the moves being made. When I saw that Lee is a filmmaker as well, the ways of the book made so much more sense to me. Again, if Greyfriars Reformatory was a movie, I think it would be an exciting ride worth taking every October. There was also a problem with the ending - I didn’t quite understand it. I turned to my friend for her opinion and learned she was also confused. Lee makes a point to repeat the opening chapter - in which she describes herself as an “unreliable narrator” - like that was supposed to explain it all, but I just kept searching for new lines that I couldn’t find. As a result, I’m not entirely sure what really happened. This novel was already on the shorter side without that repeated section, which leads me to wonder if Greyfriars Reformatory was actually a novella in the beginning. It may have worked better that way. But personally, I would have preferred more psychological terror to increase its girth and give it more depth. Despite my complaints, I can see how Greyfriars Reformatory would entice and thrill readers that are looking for an easy piece of horror. There are some good backstories here, so Lee did a good job with the design of his characters. I genuinely liked them or what they represented. I also enjoyed the writing and story enough to put this author on my radar for future reading. I’ve held onto Hearthstone Cottage for the past year, but now I’ll be moving it up my TBR list. Review by Aiden Merchant www.aidenmerchant.com (Also on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon) [email protected] (Message for review consideration)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Frazer Lee is such a consistant author who knows how to develop a brooding atmosphere so well without detracting from the story he is trying to tell. Greyfriars Reformatory is fast paced and has so many twists and turns. I loved the surprise ending. The book has an almost gothic touch to it which makes it even more creepy. I almost wish I had not finished it but had saved it for later in October for a Halloween read. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy strong writing and a spine tingli Frazer Lee is such a consistant author who knows how to develop a brooding atmosphere so well without detracting from the story he is trying to tell. Greyfriars Reformatory is fast paced and has so many twists and turns. I loved the surprise ending. The book has an almost gothic touch to it which makes it even more creepy. I almost wish I had not finished it but had saved it for later in October for a Halloween read. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy strong writing and a spine tingling ghost story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kasha's Book Sematary

    3,5* A group of troubled young girls are sent to the Greyfriars Reformatory. Since their arrival something seems to be off in this place and the girls start to see the ghost of what they will call the grey girl. A fantastic ghost story with so much more to offer as we get to unravel each girl's background stories and the mystery of the grey girl. At moments it reminded me of your typical Asian horror ghost stories. The action never stops from minute one and the girls will find themselves in a bloo 3,5* A group of troubled young girls are sent to the Greyfriars Reformatory. Since their arrival something seems to be off in this place and the girls start to see the ghost of what they will call the grey girl. A fantastic ghost story with so much more to offer as we get to unravel each girl's background stories and the mystery of the grey girl. At moments it reminded me of your typical Asian horror ghost stories. The action never stops from minute one and the girls will find themselves in a bloodbath fighting for their own lives. In a place completely cut off from civilization they will only have each other to try to survive.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Throughout this novel of young women incarcerated in a bizarre isolated institution, with a "Principal " and one small group of inmates, the overarching question is: are these girls in the throes of psychological disorders, even to the extent of psychotic breaks; or is there an implacable element of the supernatural or Paranormal? Decide for yourself. Throughout this novel of young women incarcerated in a bizarre isolated institution, with a "Principal " and one small group of inmates, the overarching question is: are these girls in the throes of psychological disorders, even to the extent of psychotic breaks; or is there an implacable element of the supernatural or Paranormal? Decide for yourself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    For review in BOOKLIST-- coming soon! Three Words That Describe This Book: disorienting, intense, unreliable narrator. Readalike statement-- Sell it as Behind Her Eyes by Pinborough meets The Devil in Silver by LaValle to reach the full range of potential fans for this satisfying psychological suspense-horror hybrid.

  13. 4 out of 5

    julianne

    Another good solid horror from the excellent Flame Tree Press. Great characterisation and a fast paced story helped me to read this in one sitting. I highly recommend and will look for more by this author in the future. Thanks to Flame Tree Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Honestmamreader

    What a fantastic spooky read for October Greyfriar's Reformatory is. All through this story we get the chills and spooky goings on. Emily Drake is an excellent main character, and what I loved is how the narrative involves us the reader. Emily talks to us directly, because of this you can't help but feel a connection to her. She even states herself that she is an unreliable narrator, so this already sets our minds in a tizz as what to believe from her. Especially when on arrival at Greyfriar's, What a fantastic spooky read for October Greyfriar's Reformatory is. All through this story we get the chills and spooky goings on. Emily Drake is an excellent main character, and what I loved is how the narrative involves us the reader. Emily talks to us directly, because of this you can't help but feel a connection to her. She even states herself that she is an unreliable narrator, so this already sets our minds in a tizz as what to believe from her. Especially when on arrival at Greyfriar's, she sees a figure up in the clock tower. Or does she? Then we have principal Quick. She definitely gave me Miss Hannigan and Miss Trunchbull vibes. A fierce and dominating woman who takes no prisoners. This story did feel like Hogwarts on acid. Instead of a bunch of wizards training, you had a group of misfit girls striving to stay alive. I can't review this story without giving a mention to the location itself, Greyfriar's. Lee's description of this building is top notch, I could envisage the place with ease. And, all the mentions of grey and gray really gave my mind a gloomy vision of a derelict, rundown building that these girls had to dwell in. The back stories to the inmates gives us a better insight into how they have come to be where they are. I have to say that these stories do make you emphasise with a few, and it hits you that maybe this is fiction, but what these girls have gone through can also be real life. I easily devoured this story I wanted to know what was going on, Emily's character stayed with me all day, and I couldn't wait to pick up the book again to find out what happens next. The only reason I'm not giving this story a full five stars is because even now I'm completely baffled by what I've read. But, I like that! It's left me with more questions that I can't wait to discuss with other people who have read the book, or will read the book soon. Greyfriar's Reformatory is a perfect October spooky read!! That's all you need to know really 🌟 Thanks to Flame Tree Press for my gifted copy as part of a blog tour 🌟

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Frazer Lee has written a scary psychological ghost story which highlights the dark side of life and the dangers of being obsessed with research. Our main character Emily has a dissociative disorder which happens whenever she is overwhelmed and sometimes unexpectedly. When we meet her she is on a bus towards Greyfriars reformatory for girls, along with four others. Straight away we can see from the characters that how they react is driven by their fear and need to survive whatever is coming there Frazer Lee has written a scary psychological ghost story which highlights the dark side of life and the dangers of being obsessed with research. Our main character Emily has a dissociative disorder which happens whenever she is overwhelmed and sometimes unexpectedly. When we meet her she is on a bus towards Greyfriars reformatory for girls, along with four others. Straight away we can see from the characters that how they react is driven by their fear and need to survive whatever is coming there way. But when they get there they all see another inmate, a girl who they do not know. I absolutely loved the creepy, bleak atmosphere of the place. The emphasis on grey being the color they all wore. I think Frazer Lee did a wonderful job with slowly adding in the creep factor, until it was no longer deniable that something is in the reformatory with the girls. It is paced wonderfully. If you like ghost stories that are subtle at the start and then really ramp up, causing you to really not want to put it down. This one is for you. I give this 5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Duckfacekim09 (Kim Howell)

    I was very lucky to be reading two books at once for review/book tours and neither of them disappointed (this was the first). So I need to start by saying that when it comes to books I don't generally have a nervous disposition as my imagination isn't that great but this book was so vivid and so well written that I did find myself looking around me a couple of times to make sure the gray girl wasn't there 😂 This book is written from the perspective of Emily who is a very comedic narrator and I li I was very lucky to be reading two books at once for review/book tours and neither of them disappointed (this was the first). So I need to start by saying that when it comes to books I don't generally have a nervous disposition as my imagination isn't that great but this book was so vivid and so well written that I did find myself looking around me a couple of times to make sure the gray girl wasn't there 😂 This book is written from the perspective of Emily who is a very comedic narrator and I liked the balance of her comedy with the horror element. I was surprised by the ending and I loved each of the character's stories as they were all so unique. Thank you so much for letting me read it

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monica Reents

    Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for sending an eARC (ebook advanced review copy) to me for review. Greyfriar’s Reformatory is a book I requested on NetGalley, first because of the cover. I am such a sucker for a great cover! Second, the blurb was so well written that I had to have this book. I enjoyed the all female lineup of characters. Each girl is living in this isolated reformatory for different reasons, and it isn’t until we get further into the story that we learn about their pa Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for sending an eARC (ebook advanced review copy) to me for review. Greyfriar’s Reformatory is a book I requested on NetGalley, first because of the cover. I am such a sucker for a great cover! Second, the blurb was so well written that I had to have this book. I enjoyed the all female lineup of characters. Each girl is living in this isolated reformatory for different reasons, and it isn’t until we get further into the story that we learn about their past and why they are there. I thought their back stories were interesting, diverse, and well thought out. The plot was consistent and held my interest. There were many scenes that grabbed my attention and creeped me out… which is what I came here for! The gray girl is a creative character and has a special way of keeping the interactions with each individual girl, personal, and I loved it! I think this is a fun, short horror story with the ability to entertain late into the night! Recommended! I’m giving it a 4 star rating!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    4 and 1/2 stars I had fun with this one. This is my second Frazer Lee novel and I breezed right through it even more so than his previous work. There’s something about this one that lured me right in. Maybe it’s the clear narrative; the way events and situations are presented, the many scares, or maybe it’s just because the author knows a thing or two on how to concoct a good story. Whatever that is, GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY delivers. Atmospheric and creepy the novel places itself in the supernatur 4 and 1/2 stars I had fun with this one. This is my second Frazer Lee novel and I breezed right through it even more so than his previous work. There’s something about this one that lured me right in. Maybe it’s the clear narrative; the way events and situations are presented, the many scares, or maybe it’s just because the author knows a thing or two on how to concoct a good story. Whatever that is, GREYFRIARS REFORMATORY delivers. Atmospheric and creepy the novel places itself in the supernatural subgenre category. I really enjoyed getting spooked by the ghostly apparition who plays with the minds of these troubled girls. When creepier things starts happening later on, bingo, that's where I couldn't let go of the book. Fast paced and effective I say jump on the bandwagon and read this Lee book. I doubt you'll get off alive. My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Greyfriars is a spooky, supernatural story about girls in a sort of youth detention center. The setting is creepy and menacing from the start. There is a lot of different characters, each with their own personalities and backstory. I'm not 100% sure if I liked the book. The setting and the characters themselves were great. I loved reading their backstory and they were all horrific in their own. I just didn't like the pacing of the book. It jumped from one thing to the next, and sometimes I had no Greyfriars is a spooky, supernatural story about girls in a sort of youth detention center. The setting is creepy and menacing from the start. There is a lot of different characters, each with their own personalities and backstory. I'm not 100% sure if I liked the book. The setting and the characters themselves were great. I loved reading their backstory and they were all horrific in their own. I just didn't like the pacing of the book. It jumped from one thing to the next, and sometimes I had no clue what was going on. The ending also left me so confused, and I'm not sure what to make of it. Arc received from Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I started reading Greyfriars Reformatory as soon as it was available and finished it about 4 a.m., so you know it had to be exciting. It was interesting in how it was written. Each girl was a kind of stereotype, but right before they met their demise, they each got their own chapters about their backgrounds. Although all the girls were different, whether a lover, a father, a customer, or a boyfriend, each girl got into her predicament because, as the old saying goes, "He done her wrong." Is it a I started reading Greyfriars Reformatory as soon as it was available and finished it about 4 a.m., so you know it had to be exciting. It was interesting in how it was written. Each girl was a kind of stereotype, but right before they met their demise, they each got their own chapters about their backgrounds. Although all the girls were different, whether a lover, a father, a customer, or a boyfriend, each girl got into her predicament because, as the old saying goes, "He done her wrong." Is it a ghost, the principal, or one of the inmates after the girls? Each page is another dilemma, dilemmas that kept me reading all night. Some things made me ask questions, like why does this girls' reformatory have no employees, but the author answered them before the end of the book. I still kind of wonder about the butterfly in the story, but in some cultures a butterfly is the soul of a departed person. and the butterfly appears about the same time as another inmate disappears. Read this book, don't break the law so you end up in a squalid institution, and take care of butterflies whether they are someone's soul or not, because you never can tell.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    Greyfriars Reformatory by Frazer Lee was a thoroughly enjoyable horror tale about a girl's reformatory school that has some hidden secrets and a tyrannical principal. Our story begins with a group of girls who are being transported to the reformatory. Each girl has committed some act which has caused her to end up at the reformatory, but nothing is revealed to the reader at first. Our main character actually refers to herself as an unreliable narrator on the very first page of the story and stra Greyfriars Reformatory by Frazer Lee was a thoroughly enjoyable horror tale about a girl's reformatory school that has some hidden secrets and a tyrannical principal. Our story begins with a group of girls who are being transported to the reformatory. Each girl has committed some act which has caused her to end up at the reformatory, but nothing is revealed to the reader at first. Our main character actually refers to herself as an unreliable narrator on the very first page of the story and straight up admits that she has problems, has been institutionalized, and is heavily medicated. As a result, we readers can never be quite certain that what we are reading is actually what's happening in the story. Now, this is not a new concept and initially I thought this would be another repeat of the trope of mental illness and unreliable narrators that is written so frequently in many horror and thriller novels. But, what followed was a very fast paced and fun tale that I devoured in one sitting. As I was reading, I kept thinking that this story could easily be adapted into a horror movie. I recommend this book to anyone want a light easy to read horror story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lucretia

    When Emily's is institutionalized at Greyfriars Reformatory the nasty principal and bully are only the surface of what she'll be facing. I loved that right away readers are cued that Emily isn't going to be a reliable narrator and that sets the shaky ground of real and unreal. The story has a few perspectives, letting you into the minds of haunted young ladies that are also there, but are they haunted by more than dark pasts? Is there something there, something supernatural with as much if not m When Emily's is institutionalized at Greyfriars Reformatory the nasty principal and bully are only the surface of what she'll be facing. I loved that right away readers are cued that Emily isn't going to be a reliable narrator and that sets the shaky ground of real and unreal. The story has a few perspectives, letting you into the minds of haunted young ladies that are also there, but are they haunted by more than dark pasts? Is there something there, something supernatural with as much if not more malice than Principal Quick? The story moves at a cracking pace, filled with twists as it delivers both an atmospheric ghost story and a gruesome horror show. I happen to enjoy both types of horror and I'm always thrilled when the two blend in such a way. This will appeal to fans of all ranges of horror and thrillers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecka O'Malley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Flametree Press for a copy of the e-arc in exchange for an honest review! I really appreciate the opportunity! Emily, who suffers from a dissociative disorder, has arrived once again at Greyfriars Reformatory, an experimental reform facility for troubled girls. Only, she doesn't remember her previous visit. Strangeness abounds from the off, with too many inmates, a closed off bell tower, and a Principal who seems completely apathetic to the girls. Soon tragedy strikes, Thank you to NetGalley and Flametree Press for a copy of the e-arc in exchange for an honest review! I really appreciate the opportunity! Emily, who suffers from a dissociative disorder, has arrived once again at Greyfriars Reformatory, an experimental reform facility for troubled girls. Only, she doesn't remember her previous visit. Strangeness abounds from the off, with too many inmates, a closed off bell tower, and a Principal who seems completely apathetic to the girls. Soon tragedy strikes, and Emily must figure out what is happening before it is too late. I really can't say too much about this book without spoiling everything. I know I have been saying that a lot lately, and it probably seems like a cop out, but I've been reading a lot of bizarre horror lately, so please forgive me! There are some fascinating elements that really drove the story toward its conclusion. Let's start, as always, with the characters. Our main character is Emily. She is a bit of a distant character who, initially at least, sort of goes with the flow without making too much of a splash or trying to make any impact. This is tied in with her dissociative disorder. I would like to say here that I am not familiar enough with the disorder to make any judgements on if it is represented well. And, when we discover the origin of it late in the story, it may create some frustration for readers who do suffer from it. Emily's fellow inmates are a strange mix of complex and stereotypically type cast. You have the queen bee, the tough girl, the victim, and so on. While you are certainly familiar with these characters, they do have more to them than you might initially expect, which makes the predictable moments with them more unique. Principal Quick I feel is the standout character here. She too falls into a role, that of the stern caretaker. But as you continue to read you find out that she is so much more than this staple of fiction. Greyfriars Reformatory is an interesting setting. While it didn't feel creepy to me, the out of place clock tower adds some character to it. I also love how isolated the reformatory is, which adds a great sense of unease and danger. There was a lot going on in this book, but it manages to keep its balance. Rather than being overwhelming, it served to ensure that there was always a new mystery to solve. So, while aspects of the haunting feel predictable and easy to figure out, especially if you read a lot of horror, there were other mysterious happenings working to keep you on your toes. I came away from Greyfriars Reformatory with a racing brain and overall satisfaction with how things unfolded, especially during the final chapter. If you enjoy your ghosts with a side of bizarre, then I certainly would recommend this to you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I loved this story and wanted to know what was going to happen. Firstly, the theme is creepy and atmospheric. The author sets the tone of the book beautifully from the first page. You feel the same way that Emily feels as she joins the Greyfriars Reformatory. You know there is something odd about the institution and its inhabitants as soon as you renter. Not to mention, even the crew Emily arrives with feel shady. Plus, there is a [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I loved this story and wanted to know what was going to happen. Firstly, the theme is creepy and atmospheric. The author sets the tone of the book beautifully from the first page. You feel the same way that Emily feels as she joins the Greyfriars Reformatory. You know there is something odd about the institution and its inhabitants as soon as you renter. Not to mention, even the crew Emily arrives with feel shady. Plus, there is a strange girl who keeps looking at them from the clock tower. The author sets the pace so creatively that it immediately gives the story an eerie look. From the supporting characters, I loved Saffy and Victoria. Saffy is the witchy queen bee of the group and made the story so entertaining. I also liked Jessica, Annie, and Lena but did not feel they were as strong as the others. Principal Quick is also a memorable character, and I found her backstory intriguing. There are many twists and turns the author adds to keep the story suspenseful. Some of the scenes had me at the edge of my seat were when the grey girl attacks Saffy when she is swimming, or when Emily and Victoria go to Quick’s room and find something they don’t expect. The author intensifies the horror and suspense towards the climax, where you don’t know how it will all end. Moreover, the ending turned out to be a complete shock that I did not expect. Overall, I loved this story. On a side note, I love Flame Tree Press and think they are one of the best publishers of books in this genre. Check this book out if you love horror and suspense!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    "...my meds are so strong I can't remember what any of my problems were, or are. I guess that kind of makes me an unreliable narrator?" Nineteen year old Emily Drake is the epitome of an unreliable narrator. She doesn't remember what she did in the past, and most of the time she does not know what she is even doing - as she is plagued with blank spots, where she just seems to phase out. All she knows is that she has been incarcerated with a group of other girls at the dark and isolated Greyfriars "...my meds are so strong I can't remember what any of my problems were, or are. I guess that kind of makes me an unreliable narrator?" Nineteen year old Emily Drake is the epitome of an unreliable narrator. She doesn't remember what she did in the past, and most of the time she does not know what she is even doing - as she is plagued with blank spots, where she just seems to phase out. All she knows is that she has been incarcerated with a group of other girls at the dark and isolated Greyfriars Reformatory for Girls. Frazer Lee knows how to set an atmosphere. I've only read one other of his books, and that was a very atmospheric slow-burn of a book. While Greyfriars is also very atmospheric, this book is not a slow-burn. The pacing is quite lively - the time we spend with Emily and the others in the reformatory only spans a few days. So much happens over those few days. If I didn't have to work, I would have read this book in 1 day. Unfortunately, I need to pay my bills - so it did take me 2 days to blast through the book. I did not want to put it down though. The entire time I was reading, I was formulating theories as to what was going on and why things were happening. Some of it I got correct, some of it did surprise me. I liked that we got enough backstory on the characters over the course of the book to understand and empathize with them. I also liked that everything does get explained. I loved the symbolism of the chrysalis/butterfly. I also liked that the ending was quite hopeful, despite everything. This was a good, solid, spooky, perfect-for-Halloween-season read. I highly recommend to fans of spooky fiction, haunted fiction, unreliable narrators, etc. Endless thanks to @flametreepress and @netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather Miller -- Quaint and Curious Volumes

    I would have given this book five stars if it weren't for the ending, but we'll get to that. You start with a basic Gothic setup: creepy building in the middle of nowhere, strange shadows and sightings of a mysterious "gray girl". The main character is an unreliable narrator, which is not a spoiler as she literally tells us that she is within the first few pages. We get a tight group of characters, just eight in total throughout the entire book, and we get a decent glimpse into what makes them t I would have given this book five stars if it weren't for the ending, but we'll get to that. You start with a basic Gothic setup: creepy building in the middle of nowhere, strange shadows and sightings of a mysterious "gray girl". The main character is an unreliable narrator, which is not a spoiler as she literally tells us that she is within the first few pages. We get a tight group of characters, just eight in total throughout the entire book, and we get a decent glimpse into what makes them tick. The story definitely has creepy, terrifying moments, some bloody scenes, and a resident ghost reminiscent of the "onryo" ghost seen so often in Japanese horror films, with long dark hair obscuring her face constantly. The story is unsettling, claustrophobic at times, disturbing in all the right horrific ways, and as the ending drew near I began to suspect I might know just what was going on. This is when an otherwise great story goes south. I guess I was mostly on the right track but not quite in the right lane, because the last few chapters confused the heck out of me. I kept waiting for some sort of explanation but what I got instead was a few false endings, and as the false endings piled up, I got more and more confused. In the end I have no idea what was really going on, and I can't say much more without some serious spoilers. So I mostly loved the story. It was creepy and bloody and kept me so hooked that I read the whole thing in one day. I just wish I knew what on earth I was actually reading about. If y'all figure it out, let me know. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mcclain

    A solid tale of terror set at a Reformatory school for girls with various issues. The main character, Emily suffers from dissociative episodes and the rest of the girls have varying other reasons for needing to attend. They're stuck between making things work with each other, their hawk-like principal, and a possible spirit or ghost. But, because the narrator is heavily medicated and suffers from a disorder that renders her the perfect example of an unreliable narrator, you're never sure what's A solid tale of terror set at a Reformatory school for girls with various issues. The main character, Emily suffers from dissociative episodes and the rest of the girls have varying other reasons for needing to attend. They're stuck between making things work with each other, their hawk-like principal, and a possible spirit or ghost. But, because the narrator is heavily medicated and suffers from a disorder that renders her the perfect example of an unreliable narrator, you're never sure what's actually going on until it's explained later. And when you get there, it turns things on their heads and is certainly satisfactory. Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC, I received a review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (Oracleofmadness)

    I immediately fell in love with this book when the main character, Emily, admitted her mental health issues and that she is an unreliable narrator. Emily is mixed up with a few other girls who show a wide range of personalities on their way to Greyfriars Reformatory for Girls. This is where they meet Principal Quick, a Formidable mistress who promises that they will "learn". The strict Principal mixed with the cruelty of the other girls, especially Saffy, makes this whole situation terrifying. B I immediately fell in love with this book when the main character, Emily, admitted her mental health issues and that she is an unreliable narrator. Emily is mixed up with a few other girls who show a wide range of personalities on their way to Greyfriars Reformatory for Girls. This is where they meet Principal Quick, a Formidable mistress who promises that they will "learn". The strict Principal mixed with the cruelty of the other girls, especially Saffy, makes this whole situation terrifying. Being locked up in a jail-like system, being trapped... and then comes the creepy ghost story. This was a wild ride, and yes, CREEPY. Wow, the descriptions of the ghost girl left me chilled to the bone. I recommend this for anyone looking for a fun and spooky read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mommacat

    Review Copy What a strangely bizarre story this was! Right from the get go I had so many questions...I couldn't decide if I should toss the book or read straight though and hope my questions were answered. I opted for the latter. This was straight up horror with some mean girls thrown in for interest. An unreliable narrator made my brain nearly explode toward the end in the authors info dump. But I have to admit it was quite the unique read and I really appreciated that. Check this one out. Review Copy What a strangely bizarre story this was! Right from the get go I had so many questions...I couldn't decide if I should toss the book or read straight though and hope my questions were answered. I opted for the latter. This was straight up horror with some mean girls thrown in for interest. An unreliable narrator made my brain nearly explode toward the end in the authors info dump. But I have to admit it was quite the unique read and I really appreciated that. Check this one out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    There was a time when I was a big Stephen King fan. It has been some time since I have read horror. The write-up on this sounded interesting so here I am! Well! it turned out to be not really scary horror but more creepy with a lot of f-bombs! I am now ready for a nice cozy!! Want to thank NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for this early release granted to me in exchange for an honest professional review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own. Publishing Release Date scheduled for October 20, There was a time when I was a big Stephen King fan. It has been some time since I have read horror. The write-up on this sounded interesting so here I am! Well! it turned out to be not really scary horror but more creepy with a lot of f-bombs! I am now ready for a nice cozy!! Want to thank NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for this early release granted to me in exchange for an honest professional review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own. Publishing Release Date scheduled for October 20, 2020

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