I read ‘The Story of Us‘ by Dani Atkins over the Christmas break, and loved it – and immediately downloaded ‘Fractured’ which was one of her back catalogue.
Here is what Amazon has to say about it:
“What would you do if life gave you a second chance?
The night of the accident changed everything…
Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is crumbling. She lives alone in a tiny flat, working in a dead-end job, desperate with guilt over her best friend’s death. She would give anything to turn back the clock. But life doesn’t work like that… Does it?
The night of the accident was a lucky escape…
Now, five years on, Rachel’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful fiancé, loving family and friends around her, and the career she always wanted. But why can’t Rachel shake the memory of a very different life?
Gripping, romantic and heartbreaking, Fractured is a magical love story that asks: can two different stories lead to the same happy ending?”
It started off – in a similar vein to ‘The Story of Us’ – with a car crash, and I have to say my initial thoughts were ‘Hmm, this is all a bit the same’ – but that didn’t last long and I was soon hooked into Rachel’s story.
There is then a ‘Sliding Doors’ moment (90’s Gwyneth Paltrow film reference for those wondering what I’m on about!) and the story pans out a different way – as the blurb above suggests.
Throughout I was desperate to know which was the ‘real’ story – and it very cleverly kept me entertained. (The last few nights I’ve willingly been the one to lie with the toddler who won’t go to bed on her own, so I could finish it off!!) I really liked Rachel, and her friends and family, and was rooting for her to do the right thing throughout.
The ending is lovely – and obviously I wept loads – as is my way.
Dani Atkins definitely has a ‘style’ – but it is one that I really like!