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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,420 ratings  ·  1,094 reviews
Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a ne ...more
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Published October 4th 2016 by Lake Union
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Rica I would read Fractured first. It was published first, and the story will give you the context for what writing and publishing The Murder Game meant to…moreI would read Fractured first. It was published first, and the story will give you the context for what writing and publishing The Murder Game meant to Fractured's main female character, "Julie Apple."(less)

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Catherine McKenzie
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Hi Everyone! This is my new book, coming out in October! I am so excited for you to read it and hope that you help spread the word about it by adding it to your to-read shelf!
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
Well done Catherine; I'm convinced this is your best book yet! I had a fantastic time reading this story; the book is written in such an easy, readable manner, yet the story is a complex web of suspense, emotion, and deceit. The amount of effort behind such a flawless execution must have been immensely time consuming and brain melting; however, anyone who follows McKenzie knows how insanely brilliant and talented she is, resulting in pulling off a book that few could accomplish. Fractured is one ...more
4.5 stars

Every time I pick up a new book, I’m hoping for an experience like this one. The clever plot, the mixed bag of characters and the frantic need for the truth, had me turning the pages at a rapid pace. It was exciting. Addicting. Unputdownable.

I loved the entire premise of the story. Julie, an author that's penned a popular bestseller, relocates with her family to a picturesque neighborhood in Cincinnati. Being in her head and seeing her writing process was so interesting to me. I always
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, 2018
4.5 stayed up all night reading stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This is my second stellar book by,Catherine McKenzie, she is fast becoming a favorite! This book sucked me in from the very beginning..... told from dual viewpoints... Julie a successful author who moved her family across the country to avoid a stalker.... and John the husband and father who lives across the street, who might be a little too interested..... it is also told from different time periods... from before the incident... and after the incide
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you live on a street with rules and regulations? Pine Street in Cincinnati is run by one woman, Cindy Sutton, and it has become her own private fiefdom with many rules and regulations to follow. She constantly sends emails to all the neighbours on a regular basis with some serious guidelines to follow which seem to become more outrageous as time goes by. There are several other captivating main characters besides quirky Cindy. Fearing a stalker from her past, Julie Prentice has recently moved ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I would not have lasted in this neighborhood for more than two weeks. As soon as I received that patronizing and bossy welcome wagon letter, I would have been planning to move. Julie and her family have moved here to escape a stalker, an ex college acquaintance that has latched on after the success of Julie's first novel, The Murder Game. So the drama begins, a control freak block president, a hypersensitive neighbor whose husband has more than a passing interesting in Julie and two young people ...more
What can I say about this book Yes it was a page turner, Yes I finished it BUT for me this was a bit all over the place in the beginning. It was told in 2 points of view John & Julie it took me a while to work out what was going on as everything was fractured ( pardon the pun) I didn't like any of the characters, felt like when Julie, Cindy & Susan were in the dialogue I felt a cat fight was about to start they all were flawed & had too many issues for me it made me think PEOPLE WHY DON"T YOU GE ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Matt by: Monnie
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie Lake Union Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.


International bestselling author Catherine McKenzie presents readers with a stellar mystery that unfolds in a highly unconventional manner. Julie Prentice and her family arrive in a seemingly bucolic community tucked in the corner of Cincinnati, hoping to put their past behind them.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for FRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie. This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.

The story was told by John and Julie in alternating past and present perspectives before and after the accident. Even though the storyline flipped back and forth it was not a difficult read and was easily followed. The anticipation and plot building was done very well by the author which had us guessing the mystery throughout the novel. I mostly loved all the characters that were intro
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fractured is a decent page turner. Julie Apple is an author who was being stalked by a reader of her first novel. She and her family move to a tight knit neighbourhood in Cincinnati where they hope to find some peace and get away from the stalker. But the neighbourhood has its own issues, and it turns out to be harder than expected for Julie to shake off her past. What makes this one a page turner is the structure. The story is told from the alternating points of view of Julie and her neighbour ...more
Mary Beth
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book disappointed me. I had high hopes while I was reading it. I did like the character development even though it was filled with unlikeable characters. The plot was good it kept on going to past to present which was confusing and also it had two different people telling the story. It didn't take long when I plunged into it that I got a better understanding of what was going on and I started turning the pages and I was so intrigued to find out what was happening only to find a very bad end ...more
"They say that if a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian rain forest, it can change the weather half a world away. Chaos theory. What it means is that everything that happens in this moment is an accumulation of everything that’s come before it. Every breath. Every thought. There is no innocent action. Some actions end up having the force of a tempest. Their impact cannot be missed. Others are the blink of an eye. Passing by unnoticed. Perhaps only God knows which is which. All I k
Julie (Apple) Prentice's first novel, THE MURDER GAME, was a smashing success, but is it fact or truly fiction......

After publication, a terrorizing stalker forces the Prentice family to relocate, but OMGOSH take heed; some moves can be dangerous, and living in the Pine Street neighborhood will absolutely shock you with its absurd rules and regulations that change moment-to-moment according to the whims of Crazy Cindy, but entertain you throughout the entire novel.

FRACTURED is an intriguing mys

Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Close Neighbors Make Good Neighbors

Julie (Apple) Prentice has written a best selling novel called The Murder Game.  Things should be wonderful for her and her family right now, but the reality is that Julie has a crazed stalker, one so determined to insert herself into Julie’s world that Julie and her family have picked up sticks in Tacoma and fled across the country to lay down roots in the beautiful Eden Park area, set on the slopes of Mount Adams in Cincinnati.

On behalf of the Pine Street
Mary Kubica
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I feel extremely fortunate to have gotten a sneak peek at an early copy of FRACTURED. I'm a huge Catherine McKenzie fan, and this is without a doubt one of her best books yet. McKenzie does a phenomenal job weaving together the stories of Julie (a novelist who moves to Cincinnati with her family to escape a troubled past) and John (a neighbor who befriends Julie after her arrival) while creating an aura of conflict, mystery and romance in this story that unfolds in various time frames. There are ...more
FRACTURED, a mystery and psychological thriller, was my first book by Catherine McKenzie, and it won’t be my last. This is a captivating mystery with fleshed out characters, even though I didn’t like any of the characters.

Julie Prentice, a bestselling author and her husband move across the country to the Cincinnati, to avoid a stalker that has been terrifying them since the publication of her bestselling novel, “The Murder Game.”

“Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets he
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Welcome to the Cincinnati version of Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane! Julie, an author who wrote the book, The Murder Game, moves across the country with her husband to Cincinnati to escape the person stalking her since the book’s publication. She hopes to live quietly under the radar as she works on her next novel. Her first inkling that all is not as it seems is when Cindy, the neighborhood organizer (i.e. the busybody control freak), sends out the welcome letter (this is where I would hav ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

A mystery writer is forced to move her family to Ohio to escape a stalker after she writes a bestseller. Something happens in the new neighborhood, but we, the readers, aren't privy to that info. The story is told from her perspective along with that of the neighbor across the street, John. It's also told from present day and one year before, when her family first moved in. It teases you, giving you clues piecemeal.

It seems this trick of multiple POV and multiple time periods must be the new ho
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Julie Prentice, with family in tow, has moved from Tacoma, Washington to scenic Mount Adams near Cincinnati, Ohio. Julie, author of the bestseller, "The Murder Game", is relocating to escape the harassment of "stalker" Heather Stanhope, a former law school classmate. The idyllic new neighborhood is fraught with curiosities. Cindy Sutton, self-appointed neighborhood watch coordinator, makes and modifies the neighborhood rules and thereby sets off the many events that suddenly unfold.

Julie, unnerv
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
3.75 stars

A bit too many things go wrong for the main protag for me to give this a full 4 star rating, but it's so close!

I enjoyed the writing style and there was a good message here that hit close to home for me: There is a fine line between friendships that can easily be crossed and lead into an emotional relationship. These types of relationships are just as harmful, if not more, than physical relationships outside of the marriage.
I think the author did a nice job of portraying just how inn
Mary  Carrasco
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fractured was a fantastic read. The author, Catherine McKenzie, gave little away until the very end. It certainly held my interest and kept me guessing throughout. It fell just just shy of five stars for me because I never felt fully connected to the characters and I was still left with a couple of questions, though the answers weren't necessary to complete the story. Overall, Fractured was enjoyable and I would recommend it.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, netgalley, arc
Man, this one was a thrilling ride to say the least!

So much ambiguity, the reader is left with so many questions as to what has happened to the characters before these pages. With alternating timelines and characters POVs, it all gets very exciting. I loved the whole storyline and premise - the author is an excellent a storyteller.

I'm not sure, I may be in the minority here, but the ending fell flat for me. I can see how it would be appealing, however (and I say this time and time again) I fall
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

“And i knew we were broken.”

My initial thoughts after reading this book is - people can be so cruel. Throughout this story, the two main characters, who alternate points of view, blamed the outcome on mistakes that they made but I, as an outsider, formed a different opinion. I held the entire community responsible, based on their “mob-like” mentality when it came to a newcomer not f
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I would give this an overall 4. First novel that I have read by Catherine and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! She definitely knows how to catch the audience and kept me engaged the whole time.

I really enjoyed Julie and John's character and how you saw both viewpoints throughout the entire novel.

Catherine was pretty clever adding the Heather twist at the end to the overall story. I thought I had the ending pinned for sure and man haha I was totally wrong!

And what I REALLY loved is how Catherine act
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
My actual rating is 3.5 stars for this novel. I just could not quite stretch to 4 stars and had to really have a bit of a think why. Which I will explain in my review. I was eager to read this book, I thought it had some real promise to it with the plot and potential to be a stunner. Whilst an enjoyable read that was not boring it did lack some pizzaz and key moments that could have elevated it to a 4/5 star read. Missed opportunities I would say.

An author moves to a new neighbourhood in a new t
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Another story told in alternating chapters from now to 12 months ago with Julie and her neighbour John as the main characters. Something shocking has happened but we are kept in total suspense until almost the end of the book before we find out what actually did occur. Throughout the book I wondered which if these characters deserved our trust, some are likeable and some not so much. Overall an enjoyable read which kept me turning the pages until the end.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense, drama
Julie, an author whose first book, "The Murder Game", has made her successful but has also attracted some unwelcome attention, relocates to a seemingly picturesque suburb in Cincinnati with her husband Daniel and young twins in order to get a fresh start. Unfortunately, she picks an area that takes Neighborhood Watch and community regulations to a whole new level. I kept wondering whether such neighborhoods really exist? I just could not imagine living in such an environment. But anyway, I'm dig ...more
Erin Clemence
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
“Fractured” is the newest novel by author Catherine McKenzie, one of my favourite Canadian writers. In this novel, an accident happens on a quiet street in the middle of the day, and it leads all the residents to accuse each other and point fingers, blaming others and themselves. The story is not told in order, but in fact it jumps around, from right before the accident, to right after, and back ag
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

I.Loved.This.Book! It got me all confused, so I'd think I knew who did what, but I was wrong. And I really enjoyed that. Not knowing the truth until the author gave the right clues.

Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dun
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This is a decent read. I don’t know for me I just don’t think the stakes were high enough.

It’s a fun and easy mystery to read for sure. But the neighborhood committee while made for a great element in the story was just too much for me. Started out as funny and a silly thing between neighbors, quickly turning into too melodramatic and increasingly a tad bit too unbelievable, if you will.

rating: ★★★½
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

In 2019, I'LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Globe & Mail and Toro

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