Catherine McKenzie should stick to psychological thrillers. Trust me, I’ve read some of her earlier novels and was wholeheartedly recommending Arranged to all my friends who loved chick lit. But the speed at which Fractured reads was worth the wait for her writing in this genre.
I was able to devour chapters at a time so I could figure out how the mystery would play out. Told from the point of view of Julie Apple, a writer, and her neighbor John Dunbar, the book alternates between past and present as to who is harassing Julie and her family when they move into a new neighborhood in Cincinnati after escaping a stalker from their time in the Pacific Northwest.
Who thought the story of a neighborhood could be so exciting? I had a hard time putting this one down. Julie and her family start receiving threats and with her husband at work while she writes at home, she is left without anyone to confide in. That is until she meets John, a neighbor who was recently laid off and who she can run with.
All readers know from the outset is there is an accident in the present, and thr narrative past slowly builds up to its climactic ending. A lot of this story reminded me of Paula Treick DeBoard’s last novel, The Drowning Girls, where moving to a new neighborhood could be a cause of so much disastree. Fans of Mary Kubica and Heather Gudenkauf will fly through these pages and be thrilled they have a similar writer in style to follow.
And coming next month readers can download the actual book at the center of this story, The Murder Game written by Julie Apple.
I can’t wait for Catherine’s next book, especially if she writes another psychological thriller. She is meant to write this way.
About the author:
A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. HIDDEN was also a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. SMOKE was named a Best Book of October by Goodreads, one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by Amazon, and was a #1 Amazon bestseller.
Her first novel writing as Julie Apple (the protagonist of FRACTURED), THE MURDER GAME, will be published on November 1, 2016.
She is at work on her eighth novel.
And if you want to know how she has time to do all that, the answer is: robots.
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