Fractured by Catherine McKenzie
I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.
You know almost immediately on starting Fractured that something has happened which has impacted the lives and the relationships of all the residents in the neighbourhood. However, you don't know what that event is. The storyline works backwards and reveals the incident bit by bit, not truly revealing it until the end. It's a bit like watching a car crash in reverse, time moving backwards from the devastation to the initial impact.
I felt very much like a voyeur while reading this book. I had a window into the lives of the characters, it was like looking out my own window at people I knew well. I was hiding behind the curtains, waiting, watching, and trying not to get caught. It felt wrong but I was so drawn into the story that it felt right. The more I read, the more urgency I felt to read on. I was so curious and eager to find out what had happened, but at the same time, I was enjoying the fact that I didn't know. There was so much going on between all the different characters, and it was buzzing with so many different possibilities that it was impossible to even try and guess at what triggered it all. I was trying to slow down so I could enjoy the sense of urgency and the hold that the story had on me, but at the same time, I was also desperate to read faster.
I can't really say much more as this is one of those books where it's difficult to review and avoid spoilers. What I can say is that I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one sitting. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, I was riveted. The pacing was consistent, the character development was excellent, and my anticipation and curiosity levels were through the roof.
Definitely one I would recommend.
Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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