Review: Fractured by Dawn Barker

Title: Fractured

Author: Dawn Barker

Published: Hachette March 2013

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Status: Read on March 29, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy The Reading Room}

My Thoughts:

Fractured is a devastating portrayal of a young family shattered by tragedy from debut author, Dawn Barker. When Anna is found bruised, battered and uncommunicative on a seaside cliff, her husband, Tony, imagines she has been attacked, perhaps car jacked. While he is relieved she has been found safe, their newborn son, Jack, is still missing and Anna can’t, or won’t, tell them where he is.

Structured along two alternating timelines that eventually meet, Fractured begins with the day that Anna and Jack disappear and then takes the reader back to the day that their much wanted and loved son was born. As the story unfolds, primarily through the viewpoint of Tony, we are witness to Anna’s experience of new motherhood and Tony’s struggle to make sense of the disintegration of his family.

With sensitivity and compassion, Barker explores this confronting situation and it’s heart rending results. The tension comes at first from the unknown fate of baby Jack but is maintained as Anna and Tony have to come to terms with events, and are faced with the unimaginable emotional and legal repercussions of tragedy.

As the characters vacillate between blame, empathy, loathing and pity so does the reader, forced to confront the boundaries of our understanding about postpartum mental illness. It is an intense study of human frailty, drama and tragedy of which many have little understanding.

A superb debut for Dawn Barker, Fractured is a psychologically complex, gripping story that I couldn’t put down. This adult fiction title is one that will haunt me for a while.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn J McLeod | Come home to the country...
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 16:52:26

    Awesome review. Awesome book by all acocutns. It’s on my list and getting very close 😉

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  2. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 06:55:19

    Wow – after reading your review, I’m dashing off to add it to my wishlist.

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  3. Teddyree
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:36:12

    Fantastic review. This is going straight on my must buy list, it sounds like the type of emotional read that pushes all my buttons. And wow debut hey? Impressive

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  4. Kate Loveday
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 08:44:13

    Sounds like an awesome read. thanks for the review.

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  5. The Australian Bookshelf
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 08:03:18

    I felt much the same way about this book Shelleyrae and it’s one that has stayed with me too. Great review!

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