Book Review: Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

Posted October 13, 2016 by meezcarrie in Catherine McKenzie, contemporary, mystery/suspense / 5 Comments

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Welcome, neighbor!

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.

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GENRE: Psychological Thriller
PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
PAGES: 362

“We make choices every day that take us down one path over another. The thing I’ve learned is, there generally aren’t any signposts along the way.”

fractured-book-reviewI love psychological thrillers. Maybe even more than just general suspense or mysteries. There’s so much to delve into, so much to figure out, and always this sense of foreboding that heightens the tension while reading. And… always… a host of intriguing characters.

Fractured is one such book.

Told in first person from the perspective of two different main characters, switching back and forth between present day and the past timeline that leads up to “today”, this story of a neighborhood gone awry is fraught with drama and suspense and fantastic fodder for book club discussions. The truth remains always just a bit out of reach and at certain intervals I began to question everything I’d thought I knew so far.  As part of the truth starts to become clearer, the other part becomes even more mysterious. It’s the best kind of thriller because the level of engagement stays high from beginning to end. The characters are fascinating and the further the book progresses the more fascinating they become.

Bottom Line: Unputdownable. The twists and turns and surprising revelations keep readers on their toes. Just when you think you know where the novel is headed, it does an about face and heads in a different direction. Or does it? Well-plotted, well-written, and well-played, Fractured is a novel that will stay with you long after you’ve reached the end.

Reviewer’s Note: Readers should be aware that there is a slight amount of strong profanity scattered throughout the novel.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!

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about the author


Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels SpinArrangedForgotten, and Hidden are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Hidden was an Amazon #1 bestseller and a Digital Book World bestseller. Her fifth novel, Smoke, was an Amazon bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book for October 2015, and an Amazon Top 100 Book of 2015.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

  1. I have a condo association which is very helpful 😀
    I’ve had Catherine McKenzie’s Arranged and Spin on my shelf for quite a while – I’m looking forward to reading them if I’m ever caught up on my 50+ Review Copies and books from giveaways!

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