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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read, 26 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Fractured (Kindle Edition)
Generally speaking, I don’t read bestsellers. I’m not being “Adrian Mole”-ish, for the most part, I am dissatisfied by most choc-lit, chick-lit, vamp-lit or whatever happens to be in vogue. Most of it really is like Chinese food - looks good, tastes great, but an hour later you’re hungry again. Mostly I’m thinking that’s precious reading time I’ll never get back.

Well, there are exceptions, and this is one. It’s been on my TBR list for an age, I’d been put off downloading it as something else always seemed to be more interesting. How wrong I was. Where was this book for the past year whilst I’ve been reading so much average stuff?

As you can read in the blurb, a young lady’s life is changed forever after a very nasty accident, which maims her, and kills one of her closest friends. Five years pass and life seems grim with low self esteem, no boyfriend, a dead end job and a sick father, then she appears to be transported into an alternate timeline where she is headstrong and confident, engaged, has a brilliant job and a father who is fighting fit. Unfortunately, she knows that this timeline isn’t real, and she tries to convince those around her that the new life is completely alien to her.

This book got me thinking as to what I would do if presented with this unlikely scenario; whether I’d go with it early, or try to find answers. The one thing that bugged me a little about the tale was the amount of detail packed into her “second” world, early on she ascertains she doesn’t appear to be dreaming....and yet the explanation for all this you can work out is the complete opposite. Also, although I don’t think it is altogether impossible, but does stretch the imagination, is a police Inspector at the age of 23 - even if it is rather necessary to the storyline. (He would probably had to have completed a degree in record time and gone on some Fast Track programme - and been extremely talented to boot) But - come on - as the premise is far fetched, you can maybe forgive the holes.

I was also thinking there was any number of ways she could end the book. When I realised, towards the end, how the story would end, I had to mentally prepare myself else I would have been in tears. Happy ending? It depends which way you look at it. Whichever, thoughts of this book will stay with me for a long time. Few books have affected me deeply, but this is one of them, a reminder that even though people die, some things are eternal.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2014 09:04:05 BDT
The 23 year old police inspector is in the second world!! Not saying more as would spoil it for those who haven't read it!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2014 15:46:29 BDT
...and? That's supposed to make it more believable?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2014 16:23:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2014 16:32:04 BDT
It's not supposed to be believable! In fact, it is a clue to the finale. I am not saying more because that would be a spoiler for these who haven't read it. But any storyline exists in the imagination of the reader. Some will like it, some won't. Like you, this book has stayed with me. It's not one I will re-read because knowing the end would make it less effective. But it is one I will recommend!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2014 17:10:43 BDT
Really not getting you - I don't think it has any bearing on the end.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2014 17:30:18 BDT
Can't anwswer without spoiling it for those who haven't read! But we both thought it a good book and one of the signs of a good book is that different readers see different thing in it!
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