Sunday, 19 August 2012

Fractured by Erin O'Reilly

Homicide Detective, Tess Jacoby, has one rule in her life, never get involved. All Tess is concerned with is keeping her distance from everybody and maintaining a self imposed, self controlled, cool calm exterior. Why is Tess like this?

When basketball player, Dana Stratton is viciously murdered, Tess finds her emotions spiralling out of control. What is it about Dana’s murder that so deeply affects Tess?

Inevitably in the course of their work, Tess meets Federal Prosecutor, Anna Mikaelson. Anna is greatly attracted to Tess, but Anna can’t allow herself to lose her heart to Tess, or anyone else for that matter. What has happened in Anna’s past to make her so wary of letting herself love? Even if Anna was emotionally free, would Tess welcome her advances?

Tess and her cop partner, Gus, find their investigation into Dana’s murder does not run smoothly. They follow too many different clues, just to find themselves right back where they started from. Will they ever get to find out what happened?

There are many twists and turns along the way, both with Tess’s case and her feelings for Anna. Anna herself, is struggling with her own feelings. What happens when neither woman can deny their attraction any longer?
This is a wonderfully well written murder mystery, a real page turner from start to finish. I love a murder mystery and read a fair few of them, but the ending was a total surprise.

I loved the two main characters, Tess and Anna, they are multidimensional and interact well together. They both have problems, but they are realistic and believable. There is a fantastic cast of supporting characters to enhance and progress this story to it’s dramatic conclusion.

The balance between the mystery and romance is perfect. One has not over shadowed the other.

This is a wonderful mystery/romance that has in my opinion been overlooked in the past and not given the recognition it so well deserves. I was so pleased to see that Affinity have re-edited and re-published Fractured. I love Erin O’Reilly’s writing and I eagerly look forward to anything she writes.

I highly recommend you give this book a try. It’s worth every cent of it’s almost giveaway reasonable price.

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