Author: Dawn Barker
Genre: Contemporary; Fiction; Mystery; Mental Health
Publishing: 2013 by Hachette Australia
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.85 / 5 stars
Synopsis: A compelling, emotional debut from a brilliant Australian author that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.
Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?
But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…
What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
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Fractured by Dawn Barker was an incredible book. It was heartbreaking to read, but it gave good insight to a mental health issue within society.
Tony and Anna have the perfect life, and they have just welcomed their newborn son into the world. However, Tony can’t seem to ignore that his wife, Anna, is not acting like herself..surely she is just tired from the needs of having a new baby. Happens to everyone, right?
Anna is suffering from post-natal psychosis, and what happens to her family will break your heart, I know it broke mine.
This book was brilliantly written. It is a debut book from an Australian author (double ticks from me!) and it talks about something that a lot of societies try and ignore, the ‘issue’ of mental illness.
This book is not for the faint-hearted, but I encourage you all to get your hands on a copy of Fractured.
The characters of Anna and Tony were written in such a way that I could completely empathised with them. I went through exactly what they went through as I was reading their story. I experienced Anna’s pain and fear as she tried to care for her newborn, whilst feeling her mind slip away from her. I felt Tony’s anger and confusion at what Anna had done to their family.
The extra characters of other family members were well written also, their feelings and thoughts were there enough that I got a full picture of the events and how everyone was affected, but was not overwhelmed – the story focused mainly on Anna and Tony – which was how it should have been.
This book is written in the present and past tenses, as we follow along with what happened on ‘that day’ as well as the current time. As I was reading, I felt that there was more to the story of Anna’s actions, but I just needed to keep reading to find out what that was. I found that I was right, there was something else about ‘that day’ and it was not what I expected it to be. This just made my heart break that little bit more.
I think this book ended quickly at the end of the events, but it was also well done. Any longer, and I think it would have raised more questions about the characters’ and their future. It got to the point, and ended, which I was definitely in agreement with.
Overall, this book was emotional and heartbreaking, but such a great read. If you haven’t picked it up already, I encourage you to do so, and as soon as possible!
Meet the Author..
Dawn lives in Perth with her husband and three young children.
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