A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie
| Synopsis |
A missing girl.
Olivia’s idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she’d managed to escape the past, but it’s coming back to haunt her.
Has somebody discovered her secret – why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?
What is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?
A story of the shadows of the past, the uncertainties of the present and how you can never really know anybody.
| Author |
Alison was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales by Scottish parents. She studied English at the University of St Andrews, before teaching English in Edinburgh secondary schools and EFL in Finland and Switzerland, where she now lives. She spends her time reading, writing, travelling, playing with her grandchildren and attending crime writing festivals.
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A Fractured Winter is an ideal read for folks that like their thriller books gore and swearing free. Set mainly in Switzerland we follow the life of Olivia as she struggles to come to terms with the disappearance of a local girl called Sandra. Consumed by the disappearance of the little girl her own life then becomes complicated and dangerous when her secret past catches up with her unexpectedly.
For me, the story is women’s fiction with a thread throughout of a psychological thriller. I couldn’t connect well with Olivia the main protagonist. She is a very haunted and fragile character and I so wanted to be rooting for her but I just needed her to be a lot stronger and less wishy-washy.
Alison Baillie has a true knack for setting a sense of place. On the bookish journey, we visit Switzerland, England and Scotland. I loved reading the chapters that featured Edinburgh and Portobello. With the gorgeous Portobello only 15 minutes from my house. I could see everything in my mind and Alison describes it so beautifully.
A Fractured Winter would be perfect for Book Clubs as there is so much to discuss.
Alison Baillie takes you on a cultured journey across the globe with twists and turns in every chapter.
Thank you, Alison Baillie Taylor, for my wonderful signed copy. I will treasure it always.
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