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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

Setting: Mount Adams, Ohio
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Catherine McKenzie and her novel Fractured caught my attention when I saw it in a list of suspense/thriller books you shouldn't miss in the fall of 2016. I picked it up and was hooked.

John Dunbar, his wife Hanna, and their two teens live in a community outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. They're happy enough, but a new neighbor threatens to change everything.

Author Julie Prentice hopes this new town is what she needs to get away from a stalker. Mount Adams seems charming and it's far from her stalker. She soon befriends John and they become jogging partners. That one connection, however, threatens the very privacy Julie craves.

I'll start by saying the tranquil neighborhood creeped me out a bit. I've always imagined that being in a tight community like Mount Adams sounds great, but one of the neighbors in particular, the head of the neighborhood association, really bugged me. I wasn't a fan of John's wife either.

The pace with the story is key. You flip between the past and present. Something's happened, but you don't have a clue as to what. There's Julie's stalker who seems intent on staying in Julie's life. And there's the relationship between nosy people in the neighborhood and the rest of the people who simply want to go about their daily business. It made for a very compelling novel.

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