The Fractured Man by Juliet Conlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
London, 1920. Elliot Taverley is an ambitious young psychoanalyst specialising in the new and controversial field of handwriting analysis. When he receives a visit from a man who seems to change personality when he copies others handwriting, Elliot is intrigued and soon becomes obsessed with the man and his mysterious disorder. Spiralling into an increasingly bizarre cat-and-mouse chase and with with his mind collapsing, Elliot is forced to confront his difficult childhood and the horrors of war in Arctic Russia in a desperate search for the truth. The Fractured Man is one of the most explosive debuts of the year a psychological thriller that takes us through a war-ravaged Europe and the dark minds that inhabit it to a shocking conclusion.
When I was contacted a couple of months back with the opportunity to read 'The Fractured Man' I thought it was a book that I would enjoy and said yes. I love a good thriller and this book promised with would be that.
This is a story about a man who has been tormented by the guilt of his childhood and World War 1. Right from the beginning few pages, this novel captures you with how intriguing it is. The plot is one that keeps you engaged throughout and it keeps you guessing right until the end.
It is very clear that Conlin has spent a lot of time on research on this book, the descriptive text in the book is exceptional. The book is well written throughout and is smooth to read. One negative that I do have about the book is that the climax was a little of a let down and this is the reason I have only given the book 4*.
If you like psychological thrillers and puzzles this is certainly the book for you, as a debut novel I think this is a cracking read and would be interesting in reading more from Conlin; I think she is a writer to look out for in the future.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.