Peter Maguire has been kidnapped in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. He does not know where he is or what is going to happen to him. The journalist is filled with fear and, as the days go by, this dread of the unknown is shot through with remorse for the mistakes of his past. Peter’s mother Nina comes to Somalia to wait for her son’s release. His plight forces her to relive another trauma—the fatal shooting in Liberia of Shaun Ridge, a young photographer she once loved, and Peter’s real father. Abdi, a Somali teenager working with Peter’s captors strikes a tenuous friendship with the prisoner based on a shared feeling of captivity. He decides to help Peter escape. Together they set off into the barren vastness of a land filled with danger. Three people must journey into one of the world’s most dangerous places, the human mind, to answer the question: are we ever truly free?
Fractured is the authors debut novel.
The story is told in the form of alternating chapters between three characters, Peter, Nina and Abdi.
Peter is a journalist who gets kidnapped. The chapters where Peter is captured and is being held captive is enough to turn your blood cold. The fear that Peter felt just flowed from the pages onto me giving me goose bumps.
Abdi is brought up seeing and experiencing things no one should have to see. His mother relies on Abdi to get himself a job so they can save money and move on to better things and into a better area. Sadly Abdi gets caught up with the group who kidnap Peter and a friendship of sorts starts to grow.
Nina is in a horrible position of worrying about her son. Their relationship was not in the best of places before Peter was kidnapped and I think it gives Peter, as well as Nina, time to contemplate over certain secrets that have been hidden for years.
Fractured is a compelling and powerful story that flows wonderfully. It is a chilling and emotional read that really grips the reader. A stunning debut.
Many thanks to Tom Chalmers at Legend Press for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Fractured is published today and you can get a copy on Amazon.