Book Review: Fractured by Dani Atkins

Rachel’s life is going great. She’s about to start university, has a gorgeous boyfriend and a fantastic group of friends. The future looks good. But in one moment, it all explodes when a terrible accident changes their lives forever.

Five years later, and struggling to deal with the effects of that awful day, Rachel is on her way home to attend a wedding. But after a fall, Rachel wakes to find herself living an alternative life. One that might have been if it wasn’t for that fateful night all those years ago. But which is the real life? Even Rachel doesn’t know any more.

Phew, that was the singularly most difficult synopsis to write without giving the plot away completely and yet still attempting to make some kind of sense. I’m not sure I managed. I hope so!

I came across this book when looking for reasonably priced (cheap!) E-books to add to my newly acquired mini Kobo (after loosing my Kindle…sob) and at 99p, it fit the bill. Luckily it ended up being 99p well spent, and while not being the most life changing read in the world it was a good, engaging read with some nice twists and turns, romance and a bit of an emotional end (I teared up a bit. I am soft.)

Fractured starts with Rachel and her friends meeting for a sort of goodbye meal before they all head off to Uni. It’s a good introduction to the group, where tensions are subtly pointed at before the awful accident that changes everything. It gets a bit confusing after that, as it takes up the story five years later in a kind of Sliding Doors style. Within a couple of chapters though I had the gist, and from then on I was intrigued at how it would all pan out.

I liked main character Rachel and felt sorry for her situation. I thought she was written well with vulnerability and naivety which made her endearing. I also liked the two love interests, and thought they were characterised well without being overly stereotypical. What I did find a little strange though however, was the age of the characters. They’re supposed to be in their early twenties yet I could only see them as older, mid thirty year olds. The way they talked, acted, their lives and positions…it didn’t quite fit and annoyed me every time their age was mentioned. Perhaps the mistake was to set this five years after the life changing event. Ten would have been far more believable.

Other than that, this is a perfectly good read. It’s on the fluffy side and doesn’t require deep thinking or vast concentration, but it’s certainly kept me hooked enough to care how it all ended. This is perfect holiday reading, and well worth the price I paid (I think it’s similar on other e-reader formats and also available in paperback)


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