Published by Amazon Publishing on October 4th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Contemporary Women
Also by this author: The Murder Game
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Lake Union Publishing
Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, "The Murder Game." Since Julie doesn t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
"We know where you live. "
After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly."
FRACTURED starts with a woman named Julie who moves from Tacoma to Cincinnati to get away from a stalker. Julie is a writer who wrote a book called The Murder Game. The book is similar to something that actually happened to her in college. One of her college acquaintances became obsessed with her and they moved far away to get away from her. In her new neighborhood, Julie tried to keep to herself. She accidentally befriends the man across the street and what follows is a bunch of misfortune accidents that have Julie wishing all she had to worry about was a stalker.
FRACTURED encompasses so much that is excellent about a book that my summary can’t possibly do it justice. The story is told from a few perspectives in the timelines then and now. In order to tell the story, each person’s perspective plays a part in finding out what really happened for them and why. We start off the story in John’s perspective, he is watching Julie’s house across the street and he hears the commotion, the thing that happened that flipped this neighborhood on its head, then the story flips to when Julie and her family moved into the neighborhood.
John and Julie become accidental friends due to their both being home all day and a common love of running. This encounter leads Julie to feel safe going to neighborhood parties and getting to know people. In any other place this would have been a good choice, but not here. Something is wrong with this neighborhood.
This story encompasses one year in the lives of Julie, her husband and twin children, and John and his wife and kids. The author manages to include a whole cast of neighborhood characters that I dare you not to judge. We only know that they are headed for a tragedy. Something horrible happen here in this perfect neighborhood. The author did a stellar job of keeping me guessing. I fully admit to being completely surprised by the ending without feeling like I fell for a twist.
This is brilliant writing. The kind of story I always hope I am about to read when I pick up a book. The multilayered characters kept me riveted. I wasn’t even irritated about the main character being a writer, which usually bugs me because it feels too close to the author’s real life. “Write what you know” becomes a mantra for Julie and I came to relate to her on levels I wasn’t even sure were possible. This is an excellent story with the urgency of a mystery. This review is kinda vague on purpose. I don’t want to give anything away, please go read this for yourself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written thriller, or a mystery, or anyone that just enjoys great writing.
**P.S. I was totally planning on reading everything this author has ever writtern, she is that good, and so I am giddy to learn (and share with you people) that the author is releasing the book THE MURDER GAME on 11/1/16, which is the character Julie’s first novel. That novel propelled Julie’s success and almost got her killed.
An author writing under the pseudonym of one of her character’s? That is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to read it! I am more than sure Catherine McKenzie could pull it off, if anyone could.**