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Guest Reviewer Ash on Fracture by Heleyne Hammersley

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 551 KB

Print Length: 188 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (28 Oct. 2016)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

Synopsis: After leaving university and a violent relationship behind, Rosie flies to Australia to spend some time with her uncle, Charlie, and his wife, Rita.

Trying to regain some of her lost confidence she hikes along the coast for a day.  She’s horrified to see a body on the beach. However the ‘body’ is the very much alive and enigmatic Alfie. The two women become friends and spend time together in Sydney where Alfie’s wild nature becomes apparent. When Alfie is attacked the situation takes a turn for the worse and they decide to leave the city.

It’s a road trip that ends in murder. Who is Alfie? What is Rosie hiding? Detective Sergeant Pete Norton wants answers to these questions. What he will discover is that this case is a killer.

Ash Rating: 5/5

Ash Review: I started Fractured with high hopes; I loved Hammersley's debut Forgotten and could not wait to see if Fractured lived up to its predecessor. Having read Fractured in one sitting, I think I actually loved it more.

Fractured centres around Rosie, a mid twenties would-be academic who is recuperating from a traumatic relationship and subsequent mental ill health at her parents home in Northern England. Eager to¬ help their daughter move forward with her life but struggling to connect with her, Rosie's parents push her to go to Australia to stay with her aunt and uncle. Once in Australia, Rosie struggles to rebuild her confidence until she meets Alfie. Alfie appears to be a woman without boundaries or worry, in stark contrast to Rosie. Embarking on a road trip across Australia at Alfie's behest, Rosie finds herself slowly rebuilding her confidence in herself and trust in another as she and Alfie grow closer.

Fractured however starts with Rosie in a police station accused of murder so clearly that road trip takes a dangerous turn. With Rosie's grip on reality in question it is up to the detectives and Rosie herself to help piece together the events of that road trip and understand how it led to murder.

Hammersley creates a memorable protaganist in Rosie, one part of me wants everything to work out for Rosie whilst the other part is questioning her version of events and her trustworthiness as the narrator of her own life.  Could Rosie have killed an innocent person and where is Alfie?

Hammersley paces Fractured so that these questions resonate with the reader for the majority of the book. For some this may feel like a slow burner, however I felt that Hammersley interwove the past and present perfectly to enable the reader to gradually understand Rosie's complex past and her own distrust in her memory.  Hammersley also addressed Rosie's experience of mental ill health in a thoughtful manner and whilst it is intrical to the story, it never defines Rosie. That alone illustrated to me what a well written novel Fractured is but coupling it with the suspense contained in the latter half of the book led to a five star review. Right up to the last chapter, I had no idea how this book would end and I could not get to the end fast enough..in a good way! 

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