Monday, 21 April 2014

Fractured - Dawn Barker

From the publishers blurb

An unforgettable novel that brings to life a new mother's worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn't coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They'd come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn't been herself since. One moment she's crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she's just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong...

My thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this book it explores the effects of a tragedy on a family. However, from the blurb I expected there might be more of a mystery thriller aspect to it, but it was more of just a look at human emotions and regrets.

Anna and Tony are a young married couple with a new baby Jack. Tony arrives at work ready to fit a busy meeting into his hectic schedule when a phone call from his worried Mum alerts him to the fact that she has turned up at home to help Anna to find Anna has inexplicably gone missing - with Jack.

She's probably just nipped out is his first thought until doubts begin to niggle at him and he begins to admit what he's been trying to put to the back of his mind - since the birth Anna has been acting very strangely and he is actually rather worried about her.

It turns out that he has good reason to be concerned and what follows is a story that we can all be glad hasn't happened to us. All that characters are very well drawn if pretty flawed and we begin to see their faults and foibles as the book slips back and forth over events in the couple and their families lives. 

A very readable and enjoyable book set in Australia - the writing style reminded me immensely of [author:Liane Moriarty|322069] . I did find the ending a touch abrupt, the only reason I've given it a 4/5 instead of 5.

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