When a doctor loses everything and is forced to start over, he finds himself in a strange town filled with addiction and mental illness.
Dr. Aaron Rovsing, Family Practice Physician, is fired from his medical practice in Connecticut because of alleged incompetence. After he flees and starts over in a town in East Texas, he discovers that things are not as they first appear, and soon Aaron must combat the deranged and addicted minds of the townspeople.
Events take an even deadlier turn when he finds himself the next chosen victim of a serial killer who plans to add the doctor to his collection of skeletons. In this town of insanity and with a serial killer waiting to strike, how can Aaron manage to stay sane . . . and alive?
Steven Gossington is an emergency room physician with over 30 years of patient care experience. He was an academic professor in emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City for 11 years, and he published 20 book chapters and medical articles of original research. His enjoyment of mystery and suspense fiction and his love of writing led to his novel "Fractured Eden," a psychological suspense story in which he draws upon his extensive experience with mentally ill emergency room patients. This novel and his future fiction can be found at http://www.StevenGossington.com.
Dr. Aaron Rovsing has been suspended from working at the hospital because of 'anonymous' complaints. This, following an attack from the father whose daughter died under his care, has him reeling. Fortunately he finds himself hired by a small town in Texas.
Almost immediately he senses something 'off' about the town. For such a small town, there sure is a lot going on. Someone is abducting young women who are never seen again. A women slowly poisoning her husband to death. A woman who believes in voodoo. The town's only law enforcement officer who is open to bribes and doesn't see anything that happens. A young man who 'knows' things. A man who sees and hears his dead wife. A white haired woman that the doctor catches sight of out of the corner of his eye. And then there The Thicket ... where all manner of things alive ..or not ... dwell.
I'm not sure how to qualify this book. A little bit mystery, a little romance, a little suspense, a little paranormal. It reminds me a little bit of The Stand by Stephen King. There were a couple of times I caught myself shuddering. An interesting read, but I was a little let down at the ending. It wasn't bad but I was looking for something ...more.
Good Book for the Halloween Season.
My thanks to the author and Rebecca Berus, Publicity Agent who furnished a digital copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Thank you to Rebecca Berus, 2 Market Books, and author Steven Gossington for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story follows Aaron Rovsing, MD, who relocated to a small town in Texas after suffering through a divorce and losing his job following the loss of a patient.
He opens a small medical clinic and gets to know the townspeople. Although things start off in a typical fashion, they quickly turn dark. Many strange people, strange places and strange events begin to emerge.
This story has paranormal and suspense/thriller elements. I normally love these type of stories, but the storytelling style for this book was not my favorite. It was done almost entirely through dialog of the characters. For me, it didn't read natural. Seemed almost like the characters began speaking in the middle of a conversation, rather than how it naturally flows.
Although this genre of story is one of my favorites, this particular writing style didn't resonate with me.
Fractured Eden was a vaguely spooky story, but not in a traditional way. It's very gothic. Aaron is a doctor who loses his job and his wife leaves him on the same day. Facing a potential malpractice lawsuit and looking to rebuild, be moves across the country to a small Texas town and becomes the town doctor. While he is trying to date, rebuild, explore, run, he discovers the town isn't as quaint and nice as it seems, and ends up often fighting for his life. There's a vague unease the entire time, just a mood in the air when you read it, which is fun. Although the ending is a little unsatisfying, I enjoyed this book a lot. Sadly, it looks like it's the author's only book! Write more!
I'm very finicky and hard to please, as far as most stories keeping my undivided attention (when I'm not busy being "mom", lol), and this story, I must say, was quite interesting and captivating from the first page. It was a great pleasure to read. I LOVED all the characters; I even had sympathy for Race, terrifying as he also was. I enoyed, and pray, to have the kind of special help in my own life that the good doctor does in this mesmerizing story. Great work!
I received this book through good reads giveaway. The plot had many twists and turns and left me wondering what next? It may take me a while before I go for a walk in the woods but I definitely recommend it.
CT. Driving down a lonely country road Dr. Aaron Rovsing (MD) thought he might have hit something.
Observing his car, he saw no damage. TX. Wanda Taggett (45+, Wanda’s diner, schizophrenia) asked Aaron what she could get him? Marley Brighton (mom, hairdresser) & Cristal Brighton (5. daughter) met him also. At his new clinic, Dr. Rovsing met Stella (45+, AA, office nurse) & Juliana (25+, Hispanic, receptionist/billing clerk). The past nightmares were still haunting Aaron. The patients were rolling in.
Constable Keller Greevy went to see about a call on Pine St. Tucker Boudreaux (Cajun, Bipolar I) was handing out flyers. He was running for Governor. What was Race Taggett (son, cemetery worker) up to? What did the note say that was left on Dr. Rovsing door? Eve (GF) & Forrester Brighton (husband/father, TBI) were out eating an evening meal. BANG! BANG! He now lay on the ground. 911 was called & he was rushed to the hospital. The ER Dr. informed them of his serious spinal injury. Dale “Boots” McCorkindale (car dealership owner) was taking Dr. Rovsing fishing. Marley informed Forrester, Cristal was in this hospital in a coma, doing her best to fight the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Forrester had no movement in his legs & wanted to come back home. What happened to Valerie Greevy (wife)? Rocky Donnigan (AA, town drunk, auto shop owner) passed away. He had been shot. Sid Taggett had recovered from his thallium poisoning. What was Stella confronting Brad Benningham father, rich oilman, Stella’s husband, 50, dementia, Syphilis) about?
Constable Keller Greevy said he would reopen the closed case. What later happened to Lee Bogarty (husband/father)? As a retired crisis/school social worker all my favorite clients to work with. Where I live, Males are never diagnosed Bipolar I.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written psychological thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great psychological thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; Amazon Digital Services LLC; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
A good doctor, Aaron Rovsing , leaves his position in Connecticut under threat of a lawsuit and alleged patient complaints. He tries to start over running a general practice in a small town in east Texas it his past jaunts him and shakes his confidence. The practice sees an uncommon number of people with mental issues and drug problems, both becoming more prevalent across the country. In one instance an addict comes into the clinic with a gun demanding Victorian, when told there are no drugs on the premises, he breaks down and is led out, sobbing, by his father. Shaken but professional, the staff quickly get back to their daily routine. The town is tight knit but strange and dangerous things keep happening making Aaron question his choices and his own ability to help his patients.
Steven Gossington writes a compelling, fast paced thriller that is so well written I could hear the owl hooting and smell the pine in the breeze. I began to root for the characters in this book. A great read.
At first I thought this book had no direction and the characters and every small intersection story wasn't so cohesive or was all over the place. But if you read through the whole book only can you truly see the entire novel for its truth. Aaron's purpose was to move away from a place where he wasn't appreciated to a place where he can find himself through appreciation. Everybody he met through his tribulations and trials in this country setting has set him on a path to righteousness in life and in their deaths. I don't know about Grant Belkin, and whether he's an angel or a clairvoyant but he was a shining light in helping Aaron. I see why the book is called Fractured Eden, because Aaron thought of the town as the Garden of Eden but it has plenty of broken parts that need fixing including himself.
In Fractured Eden the author took me to a small Texas town with a culture of its own. The detailed descriptions made it easy to feel part of the town. Everyone knows everyone and all their lives are interconnected. A new doc is in town and is faced with learning about and helping the community. Loved the conversations among characters as that made it a fast read. Favorite quote: "Follow your dreams and live with courage...". Good read.
I had trouble getting into it. The writing is decent, but not great, which was much of my problem, I think. The story just seemed to jump around too much, leave too many things unfinished, so just as I was getting interested in a character or situation, we'd leave it. Maybe we'd come back to it later, but then I was just more concerned with finding out about whatever other thing we'd just left to return to the first topic. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
One of the best book I've read in a long time.. Had just the right amount of mystical added to real life situations of medical situations, mental illness small town mentally and suspense. Voodoo blows softly in the wind as the cattle and owl call. Read this one it will keep you up all night.
I loved all the characters in this book. So descriptive, I could visualize each one. I used to be an ER nurse and this book rang true to me. Loved the aspect of the paranormal in this story, from the voodoo to angels.
I won this book in a giveaway and here's my honest review...I loved 'Fractured Eden' but it also drove me NUTS! Let me explain :) I loved the Suspense/Thriller/Romance/Paranormal part of it. I was hooked from page one and only stopped reading long enough to go to work, get some sleep and eat. lol. The characters were very interesting and I found myself shouting encouraging words to Aaron and others, to hang in there! If you're feeling like your life sucks at the moment, please read Aaron's story as it will make you appreciate the life you have! Now for the reason why the author's writing drove me nuts: Oh Mr. Gossington, I pray you stay away from the following words in your next novel, because you used them many, many, many, times and they started to take away the enjoyment this reader was experiencing with your story telling. 'LATER THAT MORNING' 'LATER THAT AFTERNOON' 'LATER THAT EVENING' 'LATER THAT NIGHT' 'SEVERAL HOURS LATER' 'SEVERAL MINUTES LATER' I was ready to pull my darn hair out by page 300 from the growing number of 'LATER' you used!!!
With all of this being said, I am still giving this novel a 5 Star rating! Why you ask? Because I can :) Seriously though, the story line was awesome and I felt a strong connection with the characters(which is not an easy thing to accomplish especially with the number of people in this book). I truly look forward to Steven's next novel...until then..."LATER" all :) LMAO..sorry couldn't help myself.
I was given the opportunity to read and review this book by Rebecca Berus at 2marketbooks and with the help of Goodreads, and I am very grateful they did.
This is not your usual thriller. It has a basis in the thriller genre but then you have to add in romance, fantasy, paranormal and a writer with an amazing imagination and the skill to turn it into a very readable book. Romance and this type of paranormal is not my usual thing, but once I started reading I couldn't stop, and finished it in a matter of days. It had a really nice flow to it, and even the way the characters alternated the narrative between them, didn't detract from my enjoyment. The storyline kept me interested right until the end.
If I had to say anything slightly less complimentary about the book it would be the ending. It just sort of "ended". Although the reveal at the end and the things it suggested to the reader explained a lot of the hints through the story, the ending was really tame compared to the rest of the book, like the writer either ran out of ideas so stopped, or it's a real cliff hanger and a second book will reveal the rest.
The above not withstanding, I would happily recommend this book to anyone wanting an entertaining, easy to read, happy making story.
Thanks again to the author, Rebecca 2marketbooks and Goodreads for allowing me to read and enjoy the book
I liked this book a lot. Talk about roller coaster ride. This book is like one of those that does a few loop-d-loops and leaves you hanging upside down for a while.
I liked the main character but didn't love him. He was one strange dude! He made himself unlovable. I've known people like him, they keep themselves distant and they are harder to get to know.
This was kind of a creepy story, but that's exactly what I liked about it. It had a paranormal hint to it. There was one big plot and lots of little sub-plots, that kept the book interesting. There were lots of country music references and being a country music fan - I loved that! Anything to connect you to the story. It was a little hard to keep track of all the characters but that is the only negative. - Great book!
I hope this author keeps writing - I would read another!
This book had me on page one. Aaron, is fired from his current medical job in Connecticut and goes home to find his wife left him. After these upsetting times he picks himself up and moves to Texas to start a new life and opens a medical practice. His job brings him in contact with many of the townspeople. He soon discovers that these people and the town are not all they seem to be. Are they crazy or is he? Is he going to be before the end?
This book really grabbed me. Its written in a very straight forward way that made it easy to follow, but it lacked emotion at times. The story was very good though. Its full of mystery and really keeps you guessing and wanting to know more. While this book had some crazy and wild characters it sent a positive message as well. I really enjoyed it.....Stormi
I received my signed copy of Fractured Eden from Goodreads' Giveaway. I was totally disappointed with this novel. It is a genre which I really enjoy but Steven Gossington was unable to convince me that he has writing talent. The inclusion of the characters' thoughts using italics was very annoying. As a reader we are able to assume many of these thoughts and it seemed as if the author considered us unable to use our imaginations. The plot premise could have lead to an excellent story but failed to deliver. Also there were far too many incidents in the small Texan town to cover and do justice to. Overall I would suggest that readers avoid this book.
This was a strange book. It presented and solved mysteries at a casual pace all the way through the book. There was one major conflict that waits till the end of the book to finish, but it was rather anti-climactic. The plot concerned a doctor who was run out of his hospital position out East, who relocates to a small town in Texas to start a new life. As i said, plot lines come and go quickly in this book and some things are simply never explained or resolved. In spite of all this, it was an easy read that you don't have to think about and therefore at least i managed to finish it.
Every garden of Eden has its serpents. And in this story we meet most of them if not all. This is an epic tale of forgiveness, freedom and the search for it. It is an intense tale with a lot of action and well lets just say, complications :) but in the end it works out for the best for all involved. It is told so vividly that the images and scenes of this novel will last for ever. To find out what I am talking about you need to get your copy of Fractured Eden by Steven Gossington today, to read, it will be the best thing you did.
This book was a challenge to continue until after I made it half way. It felt overloaded with negativity until it felt as though some of the steam was allowed to escape during the second half. The characters were certainly interesting enough, but they seemed more densely populated in this one small town than was to be expected. The main character was totally human and pulled it all through in the end!