Julie Prentice and her family recently moved to Mount Adams having left their home to escape the stalker that had been terrorizing them since the release of Julie’s book The Murder Game. The quiet, peaceful neighbourhood in Cincinnati should have been the perfect place for the family to regroup and for Julie to start working on “Book Two”, but things become complicated when Julie meets fellow Pine Street resident John Dunbar. Told in alternating perspectives, Julie and John narrate the book jumping from the present day to events from the previous twelve months that lead up to the terrible “accident”, referenced at the beginning of the novel:
“That day – two months ago – began this way too. Me at the window. The coffee in my mug still too hot to drink. Then, later, the awful squeal of tires. The scrunch of metal on bone. The shouts. The tears. The professions of innocence.” – Fractured, p.2
Julie settles into the neighbourhood, making friends with John, who becomes her running partner, and another neighbour Susan. But Julie finds herself at odds with the neighbourhood association president Cindy and her family as well as John’s wife Hanna. And after a series of misunderstandings involving Julie and the residents of Pine Street, the Prentice family once again becomes the targets of harassment. The situation on Pine Street quickly deteriorates as accusations are made and friends become enemies. Has Julie’s stalker returned or are her new neighbours behind the recent threats?
Throughout the novel, Julie’s relationship with John further complicates each misunderstanding. And by the end of book they both feel some sense of responsibility for the “accident”. In the end, though, it’s up to the reader to decide:
“Only you will be left to judge.
Were we innocent?
Were we guilty?
You tell me…”
- Fractured, p. 336
Fractured by Catherine McKenzie,is part of GPPL’s adult fiction collection.
If you enjoyed Fractured, check out The Murder Game by Julie Apple. This is the book written by Julie (Apple) Prentice from Fractured, penned by Catherine McKenzie.
“Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She's good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him as arm's length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension. Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan's defending Julian, and Lily's loyalties aren't clear. And when Julian invokes a rare - and risky - defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past. Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?" – The Murder Game, back cover