Tuesday Intro: Fractured

imageOnce again, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

Today I’m reading Fractured by Catherine McKenzie, an author who is fast becoming a favourite of mine. Here’s what it’s about…


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 new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.

After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.

and here’s how it starts…



6:00 a.m.

I’m still not certain what it was that made me begin my daily morning vigil at the front windows.

Something innocuous, I’m sure. That’s what I’ll say later today, surely, when I’m asked. Whatever the cause, the effect is that it feels like my days have always begun this way. Me in my boxers, coffee mug in hand, staring out the window at the neighbor’s house. And that my days always will begin this way, although I know neither is possible.

The coffee in my mug is strong and bitter. A plume of steam rises from it, circling the rim. We haven’t turned the heat on yet, so the hardwood floor is cold beneath my bare feet. As I catch a draft from the window that needs caulking and the skin on my arms turns to gooseflesh, I think about how important these moments of silence are to me. The time it takes for me to make a cup of coffee and drink it.

These are the moments I have to consider. To watch. To plan.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?



  1. This one sounds interesting! 🙂

    1. I hope it’s as good as it sounds. Thanks for visiting 😄

  2. Oh, yes – I’m definitely interested. And, happily, I actually have this book on my Kindle. Now to remember to read it. LOL

    1. I have been itching to start but needed to finish a couple of others first. Now am raring to go. I do hope it’s good.

  3. Oh, this is definitely my cuppa! Just added it to my list. Here’s my link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1hx

    1. I hope it’s as good as it sounds…and her last few books.

  4. I can’t wait to get my copy, which is headed my way from Amazon Vine. I love this author, too, with each book seemingly more fascinating than the last, if that’s possible. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE KEPT WOMAN”

    1. That’s how I feel. Was really excited to get approved for a copy and now can’t wait!

  5. I would keep reading and I like this author as well.

    1. I have a nice 6 hours on a train ahead of me tomorrow. I’m hoping to get through it on the journey. A nice distraction.

  6. This one is in one of my piles and sounds really good.

    1. Doesn’t it. I am really excited for this one.

  7. It sounds like a good book to curl up with on a snow day. Girl Who Reads

    1. For me today it was a train and hotel room but both worked! 😄

  8. Wow, this sounds good. The first paragraph pulled me in immediately. I want to read more.

    1. So far so good – I am turning pages (in the figurative sense as its an ebook) at a rate of knots.

  9. I have the eGalley – the description caught my interest.

    1. I am a third in and so far so very good. Hope you enjoy too.

  10. This sounds interesting and definitely creepy!

    1. It has been really good and excited to write my review. I do love this author!

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