October 2016

‘Fracture’ by Heleyne Hammersley

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.

I read the synopsis of this book and was immediately intrigued, so when I was offered the chance to read and review this book I leapt at it.  Boy, I was not disappointed.

I must admit that I binge read this book and found that I couldn’t put it down.  I did end up with a migraine from reading too much but an Imigran later and I was good to go again.  It’s true that the story goes along at a gentle pace but then I think that to tell the story as convincingly as Heleyne has, the book needs the gentler pace.

Characterwise, I sort of understood and liked the main character Rosie.  I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to spoil the story for anybody but it is safe to say that Rosie has not exactly had an easy time of things, whilst she was living in the United Kingdom.  Her parents can’t seem to wait to get rid of her and send her halfway around the world to stay with an Aunt and Uncle that she doesn’t remember much about.  I felt that she had confidence issues, which I think is in a large part due to her upbringing.  I also feel that Rosie feels lonely and she doesn’t have that many friends (if any), which is why she befriends Alfie so quickly and so easily.  In a way I think that Rosie envies Alfie and her life.  I really felt for Rosie as nobody seems to believe a word that she says.  As the book goes on, you begin to learn what has happened to Rosie and why she is the way she is.  Alfie is enigmatic to say the least and she most certainly leads Rosie astray.  As for the character of Alfie, I wanted to poke her eyes out and at the same time shake her by the shoulders for being so irresponsible.

I have to say that this book is really well written.  The author grabbed my attention from the very first word on the very first page and didn’t let me go until the very last word on the very last page.   More than once, I thought that I had the plot worked out only to be sent off down another path entirely.  You could say that reading this book is like going on a rollercoaster ride in that there are lots of twists, turns and stomach churning moments.  At times I could see what was going to happen and I wanted to shout out to warn the characters (I know it’s a work of fiction but I do tend to get far too involved in the story, which I take to be the sign of a good book).  Several times,  I felt like I needed to read this book with my fingers across my eyes as I genuinely feared what was going to happen next.

In short then I really did enjoy reading this book and I would definitely recommend this book to others.  I would award this book 4* out of 5*.  I can’t wait to read more from this author and in fact I have downloaded another of her books, which I hope to start tonight.

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