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 ...more
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 ...more
WHERE IS THE SIXTH STAR OPTION?!
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. ...more
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 ...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...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Julie, unnerv ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
An author moves to a new neighbourhood in a new t ...more
“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 ...more
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...more
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.
In 2019, I'LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Globe & Mail and Toro ...more