Review of Fractured by Dani Atkins



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 fiancé, 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?


The inspiration came from knowing that the ties that bind us to our future can be far too easily snapped and that your whole life can change in an instant. And if so, what would happen if life gave you a second chance, a do-over?


Many thanks to Head of Zeus publication house for kindly sending me a copy. For the past couple of months, my fellow book bloggers such as Megan from Reading In The Sunshine and Laura from Laura’s Little Book Blog have been talking non-stop about this book so I knew it was going to be a fantastic read!

The novel begins on September 2008 where it shows her boyfriend Matt, her childhood friend Jimmy and some other friends having one final meal before they all depart for University. When the accident happens, Dani doesn’t miss out on any details. It is extremely powerful and it’s just like we’re there!

The narrative continues with two different lives – the good and the bad. Yet, it just goes to prove how much we take life for granted. Dani really digs deep into the life of Rachel and the outcome is very unexpected. So unexpected that I was left feeling confused and my fellow book blogger, Laura had to explain it to me.

Every single emotion that Rachel feels is transformed through the words on the pages and readers travel with her on her roller coaster of a journey. Once the missing jigsaw piece is finally in place, that’s when the pressure is well and truly built up.

Like I’ve just said, the ending for me was confusing. Yet now that I understand it a lot better, it’s one heck of a novel! Wow. I can see why all the book bloggers rave about it.

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