Fractured by Catherine McKenzie (4 Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After all the recent books on my list that missed the mark, I really appreciated this one!  It has it all, a collection of characters that you can connect with (whether good or bad), a touch of humor, and a plot that unravels slowly keeping you in suspense.  I had to read this in stolen moments, but I didn’t want to put it down.

This is the story of Julie, a best-selling author who moves halfway across the country to escape a stalker and start writing her second book.  But is her new neighborhood as idyllic as she first believes, and are her neighbors really good neighbors?  The story is told from two viewpoints:  Julie’s and John’s, John being her neighbor and new friend from across the street.  The timeline skillfully shifts between present to past to reveal only enough of the story to answer some questions while add a new twist in the plot to keep you guessing.

This would be a great book for your book club.  You’ll have enough neighbors and personalities, along with their conflicts and motives, to discuss without running out of subject matter. The central theme is Chaos Theory, or Butterfly Effect.  The main characters each claim ownership and blame themselves for their deeds.  But are they really at fault if others misconstrue their actions?  And where do you cross the line with thoughts?  Can their thoughts, as slight as a butterfly flapping its wings, be blamed for creating the chaos that ensued?

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