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Fractured
     

Fractured

4.7 12
by Catherine McKenzie
 

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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,

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/01/2016
Julie Prentice, the heroine of this gripping thriller from McKenzie (Spin), has moved with her husband and their twins to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she’s plagued by neighborhood watchdog Cindy Sutton, who publishes the local newsletter. In addition to circulating details of upcoming social functions and other neighborhood news, Cindy’s paper expounds on perceived threats to the community, dictating rules of conduct to prevent them. Many of the threats concern purported misdeeds by Julie, thereby making her the community pariah. Meanwhile, Julie is struggling not to become romantically involved with her neighbor, John Dunbar, also with two children, with whom she has been flirting. The reader eventually discovers that an earlier car accident of some kind has had severe repercussions for the Dunbar family. 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. Agent: Abigail Koons, Park Literary Group. (Oct.)
Library Journal
09/15/2016
In her latest novel (after Smoke), McKenzie stacks puzzle upon puzzle and lays them out in a seemingly tranquil community in Cincinnati. Julie Prentice and her family have moved to Mt. Adams in an effort to start fresh and escape from their recent past. After publishing a crime novel Julie has garnered a lot of attention, some good and some very bad. Part of the bad is a stalker, and she's the reason for the new start in Ohio. Julie strikes up a friendship with her new neighbor John Dunbar and thinks for a brief time that her troubles are behind her. But a series of events makes Julie once again the center of controversy in her neighborhood and now someone is harassing her family once again. Is it her stalker, or someone closer? Telling the story in alternating points of view (Julie's and John's), 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. VERDICT Recommended for fans of domestic suspense.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503937826
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Pages:
349
Sales rank:
30,122
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet 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.

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Fractured 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
feather_lashes 21 days ago
"They say that if a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian rain forest, it can change the weather half a world away. Chaos theory. What it means is that everything that happens in this moment is an accumulation of everything that’s come before it. Every breath. Every thought. There is no innocent action. Some actions end up having the force of a tempest. Their impact cannot be missed. Others are the blink of an eye. Passing by unnoticed. Perhaps only God knows which is which. All I know 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." This quote is the epitome of Catherine McKenzie's Fractured. Both big and small events occur in this story but the ten-second moment from weeks ago is the one that made the life-altering fracture in so many lives. Chaos theory. Ms. McKenzie uses two POV's and alternating timeframes to allow the reader full engagement into multiple settings, characters, relationships, and even a neighborhood structure. Reminiscent of Liane Moriarty, Fractured is a genre blend of mystery, psychological thriller, and women's fiction, keeping readers guessing at how these several lives are eventually going to climactically intersect...and I wasn't disappointed. Check it out! My favorite quote: “Life is made up of turning points. Forks in the road. 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.” Note: Fractured follows a novelist named Julie Apple, whose best-selling first book The Murder Game was loosely based on her own experience in law school. For curious readers who want to go deeper, Catherine McKenzie self-published The Murder Game under the pen name Julie Apple. Clever, huh?
KrittersRamblings 4 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Julie Prentice moves her husband and twins to a new state to start over after an interesting situation with a stalker, but will this new neighborhood be the right move? I call these book post it note books. The ones where you need a post it note to keep track of all the characters! With about four main families with husband, wife and kids, it took a post it note to make sure I kept them all together with their professions and such. I don't mind it if it helps me keep the large cast together and in this case it was definitely a must.
Samantha1020 8 months ago
Fractured is one of those books where I found myself on the edge of my seat for almost the entire book. This author sure does know how to create levels of tension that keep the reader immersed within. I have to fully admit from the beginning that I am a sucker for books where the author is almost able to create a feeling of dread within the reader. It is like you know that something bad is going to happen or the other shoe is going to drop......but you keep reading because you have to see why and when. I felt like the author did an amazing job of slowly building up page by page that feeling until I was unable to set the book down. By that point I had hit the point of no return and needed to see how it was all going to end. I loved my reading experience of this book for those reasons alone! I also really loved how the author created a certain level of distrust that I felt with almost all of the main characters. As I read this book, I could never quite fully understand each character's motivations and if they were hiding something more. It added to the overall feel of this book and I have to say that I loved every minute of it. I found myself constantly guessing trying to figure out how everything was all going to end. The book is almost broke up into two parts. Before the mysterious event that happened and then the after effects of what happened. The reader is left to wonder about that big event until the very end which is why the author's build up is just so good! I have to be honest though: I was a bit underwhelmed by the ending. Maybe because I was constantly trying to figure out it out so I had considered it as a possible ending? I don't really know if I'm being honest, but I just felt like the author did such an amazing job building up to the ending and then it fell a bit flat. I'm guessing that other readers will feel differently though so don't just take my opinion on it. Overall, I found myself really enjoying this book so don't be put off by my minor complaint. I had heard so many good things about this author and I really can't help but echo them. I am so glad that I finally gave her a try! I will definitely be reading more by this author. I loved how this book almost felt like a breath of fresh air from some of the other stuff that I have been reading. I'm thinking I need to read outside of the mystery/thriller genre a bit more just for a change of pace. LOL! I can easily recommend this book and am going to do just that as I know my Mom and sister would enjoy this book as well. Recommended! Bottom Line: This book is worth reading for the atmosphere the author creates alone! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley as part of a TLC book tour. My apologies as I completely missed my original date and am posting this quite late.
CLynnT 10 months ago
This is a good quick read for the beach, down-time or when you want to forget about everything that’s clogging your brain. Is Julie as innocent as she wants you to believe? Is John a stalker? Then why is he wearing out the floor in front of the window? And then there’s Cindy, the self-appointed neighborhood dictator that can ruin a perfectly good family home setting. Throw in a real-life verified stalker, or is she actually trying to warn everyone of what really happened back in college? Then add some busy neighbors, some more helpful than others, or are they? Colorful people, constantly changing viewpoints and timeframes, and more questions than answers as you go along. You’ll think you’ve got it all figured out, and then realize you’re wrong. An entertaining read if you’re looking for a break from reality. I plan to read Catherine’s other books based on my enjoyment of this title. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for making it available.)
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is not a book to start reading when you have something else to do - I downloaded it this morning and couldn't put it down until I'd finished. Catherine McKenzie has artfully put together a complex and intriguing story. A bestselling writer and her family have moved to Cincinnati after being hounded by a stalker, but rather than finding domestic bliss, they realize they've moved into a suburban nightmare. There's the nosy woman down the street who heads an intrusive neighborhood organization (complete with nasty emails, a website designed to encourage spying, and an all-but-required monthly block party that would make anyone want to run for the hills!), the attractive guy across the street who is tempting in more than one way, and lots of teenage drama. It's a brilliant set up, one that McKenzie uses to flawlessly execute a twisty plot that is perfectly paced and populated with well-drawn characters. This is anything but an ordinary novel of suspense. It's elevated not only buy McKenzie's stylish prose, but by the of issues it addresses. A perfect book club choice!
aqg5021 11 months ago
4.5 out of 5 stars. More of a lower key psychological thriller but still a page turner nonetheless trying to get to the truth--what actually happened the day of the accident. The story alternates between two points of view. Julie, well-known author new to the Cincinnati area looking for a fresh start after some scary run-ins with a stalker. John, Julie's neighbor and new running partner, was recently laid off and finds spare time on his hands. The ending was fairly predictable, but that's not a bad thing-- I feel like the author intended for that. Oftentimes, these suspense/thrillers have the most bizarre and unrealistic endings, probably trying to "one up" the last one published, so it was refreshing to see this one play out. It was an enjoyable read-- hard to put down. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
MeezCarrie 11 months ago
I 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. (I received a complimentary copy of this book.)
SAF1 11 months ago
Fractured is the newest twist and turn filled Catherine McKenzie novel. As usual, the a-ha moment did not come until the very end. The book kept me interested and curious from start to finish. The style with two narrators and moving timeline could have made for a difficult read, but it was very easy to follow. If you have not read Catherine McKenzie before, this is a great place to start! I received an advanced copy of this book.
bumblebee23 12 months ago
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from NetGalley. Julie and John have a story to tell. Two points of view but the same story. I flew through this book because I could not wait to find out what happened! This neighborhood has some very interesting characters! Julie is an author that is forced to relocate, after a stalker incident, with her children and husband. She meets John and the story gets going. A neighborhood newsletter written by Cindy, a woman I found to have entirely too much time on her hands, as well as a monthly block party with absolutely no alcohol! Has Julie's stalker returned or is someone in the neighborhood causing trouble for her, and why?! The author keeps you wondering and guessing what has happened and who did what until the very end! You won't want to put this book down until everything is revealed!
LettyB 12 months ago
Fantastic book!!! This book is thrilling, captivating, riveting and so hard to put down!! Author Julie Prentice and her family are adjusting to their new life in Cincinnati after leaving Tacoma because of a stalker who was terrorizing her after the publication of her first novel, The Murder Game. The new neighborhood seems nice and welcoming with monthly block parties held at alternating homes. On one of her morning runs she meets and becomes friends with neighbor John Dunbar and she hopes their families will become friends as well. Throughout the months that they are settling in, strange things begin to occur with the neighbors: misunderstandings at the block parties and at school pick-ups, which leaves Julie wondering if this move might have been a big mistake. And she starts to wonder whether someone in the neighborhood is now trying to make her life miserable or if perhaps her stalker has found her. The story was told in two points of view, Julie's and John's, and I like the way it went back and forth from twelve months ago, when Julie and family first arrived in Cincinnati, to the present when a tragic event occurs in the neighborhood. This book is so well written with great characters, great storyline, and it really leaves you guessing right until the very end. I guessed incorrectly! Catherine McKenzie is such a skilled storyteller that I'm eager to read more of her books, this one being the second of hers I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. This book will not disappoint, and I highly recommend readers go out a get themselves a copy of this marvelous psychological thriller!! I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenST 12 months ago
From the beginning of this book to the end you are waiting for another shoe to drop, on the edge of your seat with your heart in your throat. Moving thousand of miles from a known stalker, should have been a new start for Daniel and Julie, but things are beginning again, and all thoughts are about the original person, Hannah, whom Julie has know since she was in college. Now it seems they have moved into the neighborhood that seems to be run by a dictator. All through the book you get a feeling that someone might end up dead, but who, and how could that happen again? If you enjoy suspense and drama this story is abounding in it, and once you start, you will be at the end in no time! I received this book through Lake Union Publishing and was not required to give a positive review.
pet1210 12 months ago
Julie, an author whose first book, "The Murder Game", has made her successful but has also attracted some unwelcome attention, relocates to a seemingly picturesque suburb in Cincinnati with her husband Daniel and young twins in order to get a fresh start. Unfortunately, she picks an area that takes Neighborhood Watch and community regulations to a whole new level. I kept wondering whether such neighborhoods really exist? I just could not imagine living in such an environment. But anyway, I'm digressing. So, Julie's fresh start soon turns into a bit of a nightmare. But is that simply due to her new neighbors or is there something "off" about Julie as well? How much is she to blame for everything that occurs? From the start, the reader is aware that something tragic is going to happen, but Catherine McKenzie keeps the reader guessing to whom, how exactly and who is responsible. While I sometimes find this withholding of information quite annoying, it worked well here. The author did a great job of dropping the odd statement here and there that would make you wonder about different characters' intentions, secrets, and reliability. The alternating first-person perspectives of Julie and John, the married guy from across the road whom Julie befriends, combined with the non-linear time frame worked surprisingly well, and although these two characters had their flaws, I really liked both of them. All the way through, I was trying to predict where the story was heading and even though I amended my theories several times, I was still way off the mark. I love it when that happens. I was getting rather grumpy over the last few days because I couldn't find enough time to read this. I really didn't want to put it down. Well-written, with believable characters and an exciting and clever plot this was a very engaging domestic psychological suspense novel. This was my first book by Catherine McKenzie, but I intend to catch up with her back catalog and am now looking forward to reading The Murder Game, the book that McKenzie's character Julie wrote about committing the perfect murder, and which will be released in November. Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing for my ARC via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.