Fractured by Erin Hayes
Date of Publishing: July 8th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror
My Rating: ★★★
Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability.
A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.
I pulled an overnighter to finish reading Fractured. This was me during the scary parts:
Note to self: Never, ever, EVER pull an all nighter to finish a book that has been clearly marked as “Horror.” It’s a stupid decision and that nights’ sleep that you lost? You deserved it.
Honestly, though. This book is creepy as FUCK, and if you’re a wimp (like yours’ truly) then make sure you read this book in broad daylight. It’s beyond just gore and screams but there are both of the aforementioned atrocities so beware.
The prologue gave me the jeepers. Lily and Bash are twins playing in the background. Of course, Bash is the one doing any playing and three year old Lily—who is a bit too serious for a three year old—is sulking off in a corner, trying to understand why exactly her sister won’t play with her.
All of a sudden, Bash falls to the ground and upon further investigation, it is revealed that Bash has been blinded by an epileptic seizure.
Fast forward twenty years and Bash is engaged to Seth, the man she loves and Lily is doing the walk of shame, unable to determine why she sleeps around so much.
Bash/Bathsheba/Sheba is the older sister of them two. She’s more loved by their mother, garners more attention from their father and she’s blind, so that just pulls more attention to her anyway. In the good way.
She struck as kind of pushy character. She pushes Seth to keep their engagement a secret, she looks for blind perks all the time, and she’s selfless and brave. A dangerous combination, really. But my favourite is how she’s with Lily.
Lily, for some reason, harbors resentment against Bash. In my humblest opinion, it’s a bit unfair of her. There are two reasons as to why I say this:
- It’s really not Bash’s fault that she got blind/more attention from their parents. Bash has been nothing but kind to her sister and Lily just behaves like a brat.
- I can’t give this away because it is a MAJOR spoiler but for those who’ve read the book already, it’s got to do with army boy. Again, Bash is not to blame.
As for the whole supernatural angle with Lily, it was good. Really good. Well researched, great execution and made me SHIT IN MY GODDAMNED PANTS.
My favorite character in the entire series, honestly, was Seth. He was practical, straight-forward, had his own demons, but he was loyal. And balls. The guy had balls.
There was a wide array of supporting characters that you could choose to support and ship. They all did their work well and in the end…well, yeah. No spoilers.
Now to talk about the end of the book itself. Le sigh. I’m confused myself. It felt like the easy way out but god dammit I liked that ending. I really did. But it felt like the most obvious way to finish the book off. I can’t fucking decide!
Overall, the book was good. Worth reading if you like gore and the horror genre is your thing. As for me, though? Never again. EVER. I’m too much of a pussy.
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About the Author:
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
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