Sunday, 3 February 2019

A Fractured Winter - Blog Tour

Thank you to BloodHound Books for a digital copy of this book to read as part of the blog tour.

When someone is out to get you, is there anywhere you can hide?

From the outside, Olivia seems to lead an idyllic existence with her husband and children. But when she starts receiving notes, she knows her perfect life is under threat.

She thought she’d managed to put the past behind her, but someone seems determined to reveal her secret.

Meanwhile girls are vanishing in the area and Olivia fears for her family’s safety.

Has someone discovered the real reason she left Scotland all those years ago?

And does her secret have links to the recent disappearances?

When someone is out to get you, is there anywhere you can hide?

About The Author

Alison Baillie was born in Scarborough of Scottish parents and lived in County Durham, Somerset and the Yorkshire Dales before going to university in Scotland. She then taught English in several Edinburgh secondary schools before moving to Switzerland where she still lives now. She’s taught English as a Foreign Language in Finland and Switzerland.
When she stopped teaching full-time, she fulfilled a life-time ambition and wrote Sewing the Shadows Together, a psychological suspense novel inspired in part by events when she was teaching in Scotland. She is fascinated by the way we are influenced by the events of our past and has now written a second novel, A Fractured Winter, set in Switzerland, Scotland and Yorkshire. 
She has two sons and three grandchildren and is proud of their international roots, having a mixture of Scottish, Swiss, Polish and Finnish heritage. As well as spending time with them, she loves travelling, walking in the mountains and by the sea, reading and writing.

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My Review
I really enjoyed this book, I found Alison Baillie's descriptions drew me into the story. Particularly her descriptions of the area in which Olivia lives, I could picture in my mind what each place looked like.
Olivia is fixated on the missing girls and what has happened to them. It starts to impact on her life and how she interacts with her family. When she starts getting strange notes, she begins to wonder whether her previous life has caught up with her.
I wasn't overly fond of Olivia as a character, but I don't know if it was the authors intention to make her that way. Although I did still want to find out what happened in Scotland all those years before. 
The story goes back and forth between Olivia's life then and now, this was easy to keep up with and didn't get confusing. The story had a great flow to it and was written in such a way that I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened.
At times I did wonder about her husband's reactions to things, I found him to be not a very likable character. 
A Fractured Winter is an excellent read, if you like mysteries I would certainly recommend reading this book.


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