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Juliet Conlin
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25 July 2013
London, 1920. Elliot Taverley is an ambitious young psychoanalyst specialising in the new and controversial field of handwriting analysis. When he receives a visit from a man who seems to change personality when he copies others handwriting, Elliot is intrigued and soon becomes obsessed with the man and his mysterious disorder. Spiralling into an increasingly bizarre cat-and-mouse chase and with with his mind collapsing, Elliot is forced to confront his difficult childhood and the horrors of war in Arctic Russia in a desperate search for the truth. The Fractured Man is one of the most explosive debuts of the year a psychological thriller that takes us through a war-ravaged Europe and the dark minds that inhabit it to a shocking conclusion.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cargo Publishing (25 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908885238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908885234
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. 'The Fractured Man' is her first novel. Visit Juliet's website at

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**** An addictive thriller... deliciously dark and hypnotic, a psychological thriller fused with the spine-tingling atmosphere of a ghost story. --The List

About the Author

Juliet Conlin was born in England; she now lives in Berlin. The Fractured Man is her debut novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut, challenging and rewarding 16 Oct 2014
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Really impressive first novel, something that is worth putting time aside to enjoy in detail. That is my impression of this book in a nutshell. It has been quite some time since I was offered such a good book to review.

The pace is good, amazingly so in spite of the detail that goes into the explanations of graphology. Often when I read these kinds of novels, a story that centres on a specialised field of skill or science, they can be extremely dry and unrewarding to read. Juliet Conlin has a gift for making the science behind the story interesting, inolving at no expense to the pace and progress of the novel.

The other area that such novels can also fall down, in my experience, is at the expense of the characters and the wider story telling. Here we have a book where the lead character is intriguing and complex, a man with troubles and defects enough to make him both believable and someone you want to believe in. The relationship with the lead can kill or make a book and I had no trouble connecting with the character here.

This book will also make you think. It is complex and the puzzles and twists need some concentration. Which in my opinion is just what I am after from this genre of novel. I could well imagine this may not be to everyones tastes. It is a challenge and it could put some people off. However if you are the sort of reader who is fine with a slower pace that allows for greater depth and complexity then this is an excellent choice. If you are in the mood for something lighter and faster paced then I would probably start elsewhere.

I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent book for a challenging and rewarding read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
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In a world haunted by too many dead, wounded, broken and heartbroken, the opening of the third decade of the last century the search for hope, understanding, forgiveness and explanations is everywhere apparent. The growth of the psychoanalytical world though in its infancy will blossom as at no other time in the planet's history. It is a desperate world; a world in need of healing.

Elliot Taverley has witnessed too many shell shocked soldiers trying to make sense of their place in a society that has, so far, not recognised the full horrors of the warfare in the trenches and beyond. He specialises in a specific discipline to assess the mental state of his patients.

Juliet Conlin has written a devastatingly brilliant debut novel; she has the gift of creating a world and allowing the reader to enter it at will ~ the world of psychoanalytical graphology. We are all known by our signatures and often defined by them!
this world has a troubled population rife with xenophobia, racism and fears that have yet to be given names. It is also a time when the role of women is changing and will never be reversed.
It is a world of change, an inexplicable world that will never be the same again.

Elliot is haunted in many ways, by incidents in his own family and, as the story begins by a stranger, Raphael, who has a very unusual gift, a gift that will alter Elliot's life forever too.

The novel is an intriguing and once you are hooked you will find it not only difficult to put down but also be left wanting at its conclusion, wanting more of the same.

I feel I should have been able to leave this review in my own individual handwriting (I feel sure this will be possible in the very near future) with its ascenders and descenders, its curves and its slants and its dots and its crossed tees.

I highly recommend this book without reservation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An innovative and intriguing read 30 July 2014
By Uncle Barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This novel draws one in immediately with an intriguing premise. The plot is designed to keep you guessing right until the final chapter when everything ties together. Whether it does keep you guessing will depend on how pedantic reader you are ...

I couldn't fault most of the research. For me, the scene setting at the beginning didn't quite match up to the plotting (but that's me speaking as a historian). Mentions of specific clothing styles felt a little as if they had been looked up and incorporated into the text rather than there being a historical atmosphere permeating the text to make you feel as if you are there. However, in a first novel, you can't get everything spot on.

If you like your psychological thrillers to be complex mystery puzzles, then this book is for you. I would recommend this is an innovative and intriguing read that's a little bit out of the ordinary - always a welcome find. This author has made an excellent debut and I shall look forward to reading more of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating tale 16 Oct 2014
By Phill Lister VINE VOICE
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Other reviews here give a full synopsis - a tale of love and war, of paranoia and eventual redemption. Some have felt the ending was too easy and predictable. I loved it, an emotionally satisfying conclusion to a sometimes very dark tale.

Others have also complained about the pace. To my mind it's perfectly in keeping with the times in which the story is set - it doesn't have the momentum of a modern thriller, but more the twisty dreamlike unfolding of a turn-of-century tale such as Knut Hamsun's "Hunger".

Juliet Conlin has a degree in psychology and the idea of this book came to her when she was studying a module on historical methods of psychological investigation. She also works as a translator and her fluency in English and German somehow gives her writing an old fashioned European flavour totally in keeping with her subject.

A fascinating tale, told with a true storyteller's art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fractured Man - Not my Normal Type of Read but Enjoyed
A real psychological read, one not that I have ever read the likes of before.

Set in 1920 Elliot grabs you with his tale from obsession, to an ending I did not think... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Alessi Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars I fear the author bit off more than she could chew.
I had very mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand, I found it an intriguing novel and the pages turned quickly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sally Zigmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirals of the mind...
In 1920s London, the population was still reeling from the twin shocks of the Great War and the flu epidemic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rowena Hoseason
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful debut novel
This was a rare good read and hard to believe it was a first novel. The author sets the scene with just the right amount of visual clues and her characterisation is very well... Read more
Published 1 month ago by trishthedish
4.0 out of 5 stars fractured
London, 1920. Elliot Taverley is an ambitious young psychoanalyst specialising in the new and controversial field of handwriting analysis, a really well-written psychological... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Dale
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME
Its taken me a lot of effort to get into this book. Its well written and interesting but I'm finding it hard going and I think I'm giving up on it after writing this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bruce Boogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Physician, Heal Thyself
This novel is an absolute corker. The psychoanalytic angle attracted me because of my professional background, and the author clearly has credibility in exploring this major area... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it...
I enjoyed the period setting and descriptions of London. It was fascinating to read of slum housing & back street pubs mixed with the High Life of Bloomsbury and the medical world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. FULLER
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive thriller
When a stranger with an unusual condition appears at the office of Psychoanalyst Elliot Taverley looking for help Elliot starts treating the stranger, his work begins to consume... Read more
Published 7 months ago by xenofan
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