Book Review: Dani Atkins – Fractured

I was drawn to this by the Sliding Doors type storyline, even though it’s not my usual type of book. If I had to give it a genre, I would say chick-lit, but don’t let that put you off. The main character Rachel is struggling to deal with a tragedy that kills her good friend and leads to the fallout of her relationship. Even five years on, she is struggling to move on, and to make things worse, her dad has terminal cancer.

However, after a fall, she wakes up to find her life is completely different. I found it interesting the way she seemed keen to get back to the other life, even though the one she finds herself in is much better. Her dad doesn’t have cancer, her friend is still alive and her relationship is still going strong. Of course, not everything is prefect, but as Rachel starts to piece everything together and look for proof of the life she remembers, she realises it could be perfect.

I felt like this book took ideas from Sliding Doors, and It’s A Wonderful Life, combined with the author’s own ideas and unique style to create something completely different. It’s a love story with a slight fantasy twist. The author deals with regrets, past loves, being with the wrong person and painful memories or loss that is hard to get over. Many readers should be able to relate to some of the themes. While not everyone gets a second chance in life, Fractured provides us with a nice bit of escapism. The author certainly knows how to play with the readers’ emotions. As always, I won’t ruin the ending, but it could be open to interpretation. I would recommend this as something to read on the longer autumn/winter nights.

Review by Amanda Steel
Amanda presents the Reading In Bed podcast on Anchor FM

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