Murder. Money. Revenge.
Outwardly, Ben Stephens appears to be a normal, hard-working family man. In reality, his life has been in turmoil since the murder of his wife, Alice, seven years ago. The killer was never caught.
Now re-married – to the woman he was having an affair with while still married to Alice – Ben’s life is once again spiralling out of control, and he’s become heavily indebted to an unscrupulous criminal who is baying for Ben’s blood.
When Ben’s estranged twin sister, a police detective, unexpectedly returns to his life, asking too many questions for comfort, it becomes clear that without action, Ben’s life life will soon reach a crisis point from which there will be no return.
In order to avoid falling further into the mire, Ben must examine the past if he is to survive the present – but just how much pressure can one man take before he breaks?
I was really intrigued when starting this book as to who had killed Alice and why.
Ben has moved on with his life since his wife’s death with Gemma, the woman who he cheated on Alice with. They now have another child and Ben is trying his best to be a good father and husband but due to being in debt, his life seems to be crumbling apart.
I wanted to really like Ben, even though he comes across as a loving father, he is very selfish and I ended up disliking him a great deal the further into the novel I got.
To be honest this is one of those novels that none of the characters are overly likeable. The only one I really had any empathy for was Cara, someone Ben meets and ends up dragging into something she should never have been involved with, but again this just added to why I disliked him.
This is one of those stories that are you are never quite sure where it is going to end up. The author dangles snippets here and there while slowly revealing the full extent of Ben and the whole big mess he has got himself into over the course of the novel. I have to admit to being very interested in Ben’s twin sister and would have liked to have got to know her better as I didn’t really get that much from her as the story very much concentrates on Ben with it being told from the first person. I do believe there is more to come though from DI Dani Stephens, Ben’s twin, which I am really excited about.
Dark Fragments is a story that draws you in instantly whilst teasing you and having you think all sorts. Certainly an intriguing and entertaining read.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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