Trust thy neighbor…Or not? That is the question at the heart of international bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s forthcoming novel, FRACTURED (Lake Union Publishing; on-sale October 4, 2016; hardcover & trade paperback), a psychological thriller about an idyllic neighborhood rocked by tragedy and the dark truths lurking behind the drapes of each home that questions just how well we know those that live closest to us.
Julie Prentice is looking for a fresh start. A novelist, Julie was launched into the spotlight following the publication of her first book, The Murder Game, a bestseller with a storyline loosely drawn from her own experiences in law school. The novel created a bit of controversy with some speculation as to how close to fact her fiction actually was—a theory exacerbated by a woman from Julie’s past whose obsession with her becomes dangerous. As the obsession goes from creepy to completely terrifying and potentially life-threatening, Julie and her family relocate from Tacoma to the quaint and quiet Mt. Adams community in Cincinnati in the hopes of evading her stalker once and for all.
Settled in her new home, she strikes up an instant connection and unexpected friendship with her new neighbor, John Dunbar, and begins to feel a measured sense of hope that the worst is behind her. But it doesn’t take long for things to go south. After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the center of negative attention in the community, and worse, become the target of unsettling harassment. As tension in the neighborhood mounts, no one is safe: new friends turn into enemies, spouses begin to question one another, and the bond between parent and child are tested.
With FRACTURED, McKenzie weaves a gripping, complex, and highly addictive story told through the alternating perspectives of Julie and John and structured around a deadly accident in the neighborhood that will keep readers guessing until the final page is turned.
Catherine McKenzie is a graduate of McGill University in History and Law, and she practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. Her novels, Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, and Hidden are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Her last novel Smoke (2015), was named a Best Book of October by Goodreads and one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by Amazon.
“A tightly drawn narrative that begs the question: How much can we really know about those living closest to us? Truly riveting!”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, and Don't You Cry
Some Q & A with Catherine:
What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
I am an avid runner and downhill skier. I love to read. And I watch a lot of TV.
Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?
I do. I am a partner in a litigation firm here in Montreal.
Where do you get your ideas?
The universe. All over, really. The idea for FRACTURED came to me from a judgment I read and a newspaper article, both about crazy neighbors in Toronto, and a few other little things here and there.
Is there a particular author or book that influenced or inspired your writing or decision to write?
Early on in my career I was definitely trying to be the female Nick Hornby.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
There was a lot of rejection. A lot. Like not 12, which is the number I always hear about JK Rowling. Getting used to that – I’m still not – is hard.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you’d change?
A couple of things, but who wouldn’t? I think I did a lot of things right, too, so there’s that.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?
No. In fact, one of the themes of the book is how readers often expect or assume that writers base their books on their own experiences and how that can affect the writer.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read, read, read, write, read, read, read, write. Repeat.
What are the downfalls of your writing career? The best parts?
The best parts is the writing and then getting positive feedback from readers. The difficult part is the writing and the business end of the book business. I run a company called Catherine McKenzie and I make all the content! That can be hard sometimes.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?
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