Fractured – Dani Atkins

What to Expect:
What would you do if life gave you a second chance?
The night of the accident changed everything… Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend’s death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn’t work like that… Does it?
The night of the accident was a lucky escape… Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful fianc√©, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can’t Rachel shake the memory of a very different life?
Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?

This is the author’s debut, and a strong one it is too. The beginning is a little confusing as we start to work out what is real and what isn’t, then it settles into a nice mystery with some heartbreak and romance.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Rachel’s main group of friends were all present at the accident that took Jimmy’s life in Rachel’s original history, Jimmy himself was a sweet 18 year old at the time, who clearly had a thing for his old friend. Rachel’s obnoxious boyfriend Matt knew this, and tormented him accordingly. Rachel’s bestie Sarah was adorably understanding, and eventually married a man worthy of her- on the very weekend that Rachel ended up in hospital again. Cathy always had a thing for Matt- how long can he resist her? Finally, Rachel’s Dad is devoted to her- she’s all he has- but he’s cancer-free in this new reality, is it too good to be true?

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Rachel is a very self contained character; she’s gone to ground since Jimmy’s death 5 years ago, driven by guilt and not believing that she deserves a happy life of her own. With her own health in a worrying decline, she forces herself to go to her best friend’s wedding- which is the first reunion of all those present at the previous accident. When Rachel inevitably ends up in hospital, she wakes to a different reality; one which seems like everything she could have wanted. But can she trust that this one is real, not her old miserable life? Rachel is admirably strong, not afraid to face the truth, even when her fiance is acting suspiciously. Her personality, outlook and dialogue has a maturity that’s way older than her 23 years.

Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– The beauty of this is not knowing if there’s a supernatural side to the story, or a more earthly explanation.

Provoking your Inner-Pedant– No worries, except for one passage near the end in which the spellchecker/proof-reader left a few clangers to keep me entertained.

Evaluation of your eBook?– You’d never know this was a debut; it’s so confidently done, and a brilliant story concept. There are a few hints along the way if you want to guess the ending before you get there, but really it could have gone in other directions so it’s not predictable. The story is beautifully haunting; I had to go back and read the beginning and the end again once I’d finished. The ideas and the characters stayed with me afterwards. Highly recommended and right now it’s a bargain too!

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for only 59p.

US: Not on Amazon, but Kobobooks have it for just $1.45.