When trainee newspaper reporter, Gareth Griffiths, is sent to the remote and outwardly peaceful Kent village of West Bourne to investigate a series of strange and seemingly unrelated incidents, he encounters a hostile and tight-lipped local population who clearly have something to hide. Undeterred, Gareth sets about unravelling the knot of secrecy that binds the villagers so tightly together and, with the help of Meg Matthews, a hydrogeologist, ultimately uncovers an intricate web of blackmail, debauchery and corruption that stretches way beyond the village and its inhabitants.
But unbeknown to Gareth and Meg, a far more dangerous situation is inexorably developing beneath the Kent countryside and the pair are soon caught up in a desperate battle for survival against the forces of Mother Nature, as well as those which hold the villagers so tightly in their grip.
This is the second novel I have read by this author and he certainly knows how to grab the readers attention.
The story is set at quite a steady speed which picks up through out the novel. There are quite a few characters as well as chapters which swaps between them.
Gina was one of my favourite characters, through her story we get to experience the horrible crime of human trafficking as well as the horrendous new life she sadly finds herself in. Even though what is happening to her is a total nightmare, she doesn’t give up hope of returning home and being free.
Gareth is another character which through him had me gripped to the story. Being a journalist he is very inquisitive and knows when something isn’t right. The small village he finds himself in certainly isn’t a welcoming one and the residents attitude towards him makes him more determined to find out what is going on.
There are so many characters which readers are either going to like or loath. It’s very much a battle of good versus evil and seeing which side is going to win. Great for people who love a good cover up story.
Fractured is a dark and tense read that will have you hooked from start to finish. It’s a gripping whirl wind of a read that left me needing to come up for air. Definitely a thrilling page turner of a read.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Fractured is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.