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A Goodreads Best Book of the Month

Goodreads Big Books of Fall Selection

POPSUGAR Fall Must Read Selection

“In her latest novel (after Smoke), McKenzie stacks puzzle upon puzzle...Telling the story in alternating points of view, McKenzie is able to build suspense with two possibly unreliable narrators. She combines suburban angst with real danger to great effect, so that this novel feels like Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap crossed with Sophie Hannah. Recommended for fans of domestic suspense.” Library Journal

“Nail-biting suspense, deep conflict, intriguing mystery, and a dose of romance...McKenzie's new novel is everything a good suspenseful read should be.” RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“[A] gripping thriller...What exactly occurred and who was responsible is the puzzle on which the novel centers, with important consequences to the various characters. The suspense grows, and just when things seem clear, they veer off in another direction.” Publishers Weekly

“A contentious past leads a young couple to move thousands of miles from home to an exemplary family community when things go terribly wrong in Catherine McKenzie’s latest tour de force, Fractured. When tragedy strikes, everyone is a suspect, as McKenzie masterfully weaves together the stories of Julie and John: strangers who become friends, neighbors who become enemies. A tightly drawn narrative that begs the question: How much can we really know about those living closest to us? Truly riveting!” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby

“After page-turners Smoke and Hidden, McKenzie is back with another gripping work that explores the limits of trust and the startling intersections of our lives. Tautly written and intricately plotted, Fractured will keep readers guessing until the final page.” —Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Mourning Hours and The Drowning Girls

“Chilling and tense, Fractured is one hell of a twisty ride through the hearts and deeds of people who just might feel familiar enough to make us wonder about ourselves. And the punch at the end is everything it should be. A great read!” —Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full and Monday’s Lie

“Suspenseful, insightful, and cleverly structured, Catherine McKenzie’s Fractured is a page-turning pleasure. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.” —Leah Stewart, author of The Myth of You and Me and The New Neighbor

Fractured is a well-crafted, extremely addictive story that kept me turning page after page, eager to put all of the pieces together. When the secrets of Pine Street all click into place, you are left with a highly satisfying conclusion that I promise you’ll find yourself pondering long after you read the last page. This is definitely another masterful piece of fiction from one of my favorite authors, Catherine McKenzie.” —Emily Bleeker, bestselling author of Wreckage

“Beautifully plotted. Breathlessly paced. Fractured is a difficult book to put down. But its insights into love, marriage, and obsession ensure that you’ll be thinking about it long after you do. This is Catherine McKenzie at her best.” —Matthew Norman, author of We’re All Damaged and Domestic Violets

“Catherine McKenzie has crafted a tightly wound tale of complex relationships and engrossing psychological suspense. A finely wrought novel of human strength and frailty, cracked marriages and torn friendships, love and jealousy, Fractured kept me guessing until the very end.” —A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor

Fractured shatters the cheery facade of a Cincinnati community to expose the dark side of picket fences, block parties, and speed bumps. Think of it as a welcome basket with a ticking bomb inside. This page-turner of a mystery also features a novelist who may or may not be the neighborhood’s bad apple. A thrilling achievement!” —Neil Smith, award winning author of Bang Crunch and Boo

“Catherine McKenzie has quickly become a master of the psychological thriller, and Fractured is no exception. A taut, finely wrought novel that had me holding my breath from the very first page, unsure of where the twists and turns would take me but looking forward to all of them.” —Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Time of Your Life and In Twenty Years

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 Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, 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. Visit Catherine online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter or Instagram at @CEMcKenzie1.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4529 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (4 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm not a big fan of books that jump back and forward In time with each chapter. This wouldn't be such a problem if I was able to read a book straight through, but if I put it down and don't go back to it for of a couple of days, it takes me a page or two to get back into it. This book not only jumps all over the place time wise, but is also narrated by two different characters. Having said that, the storyline is good and you realise pretty early on that something bad has happened, you just don't know to who or by whom.

I'm not sure if it's an American thing, but I found the whole iNeighbourhood watch thing really irritating. Cindy is a complete control freak who dictates to the whole neighbourhood what they can and can't do, to the point that residents feel it compulsory to attend the monthly non-alcoholic 'block' parties hosted by residents in turn and are encouraged to post their comings and goings (and those of their neighbours) on the internet site. I just can't imagine that happening in Britain. I feel a new resident who has moved there to protect their identity as the result of a stalker would have told Cindy where to go!

The book kept me intrigued enough to keep going and find out what the major event was, but I can't really say it was 'umputdownable'!
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This story became easier to follow, the farther into the book I read, but not only was it alternately told by the two main characters but the times of their narrations varied between 'months ago' and 'today' (when a court case was in the offing).
I enjoyed the writing enough to finish it, and perhaps others will cope better with the time swings.
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It confused me until I realised that the narrative was under the chapter name. Once I worked that one out (early on) I really enjoyed reading it
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"They say that if a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian rainforest, it can change the weather half a world away. Chaos theory...

All I know is today is that you can think that what you’ve done is only the flap of a butterfly wing, when it’s really a thunderclap.

And both can result in a hurricane."

Julie’s life has gotten hard, she’s become a famous author and managed to bag herself a crazed stalker, so she decides to move her family across the country in hope of a new, stalkerless, beginning. And when she meet neighbour John, they hit it off immediately, the future seems brighter. But before long, things start to go wrong again. Who knew moving into a beautiful picturesque new neighbourhood could be so deadly?

I was really worried about reading this because some places online classed it as women's fiction and I have serious beef with that genre… but also, I was expecting a suspense thriller, not some family-lovey-dovey stuff, but after seeing the rave reviews on Goodreads I had a little more hope that this would be bearable for me. And boy was it bearable, more than that in fact, it was exciting and thrilling to read!

As Stephen King says “Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.”and this book certainly didn’t! I thought it was excellent at keeping you on your toes, feeding you chunks of mystery and suspense a little at a time.

Minor spoilers in this paragraph. I really liked the main characters in this book… separately. Julie was a good mum and loving wife who was dealing with all her issues in a non-annoying way and John was a good dad, and, for the most part, a good husband. But put the two of them together and they got annoying.
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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.
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