After the unexpected success of her first novel, THE MURDER GAME (see below), kicked up a storm of unwanted attention, author Julie Apple Prentice moves her family across the country to Cincinnati, hoping to put the events of the past behind her. But focusing on writing a follow-up novel and raising her twins with her husband proves more complicated than Julie ever anticipated when John Dunbar, Julie’s new neighbor, comes into the picture.
Sharing a love of early morning runs, John and Julie are instantly drawn to one another. Connected by the bond that John and Julie share, the two respective families gradually befriend one another. But drama follows Julie everywhere, and unexpected romance and a series of accidents quickly and irreversibly turn John’s and Julie’s families bitterly against one another. Told from the alternating perspectives of John and Julie, over the course of two timelines—one twelve hour day, and the last twelve months—FRACTURED explores how the smallest events can sometimes have the biggest consequences.
Praise for FRACTURED:
“Readers are hurled through complex and overlapping plots—murder, lying, nosy neighbors, courtroom drama—at a satisfyingly addictive pace.” -The Washington Post
“FRACTURED is told between two different points of view, […] a tool brilliantly used by author Catherine McKenzie to allow the reader to experience the same events from two different perspectives. […] I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a page-turning, suspenseful psychological thriller!” -New York Daily News
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She is a graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, and practices law in Montreal where she lives with her husband. She blogs for The Huffington Post, and her previous novels SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE are all international bestsellers that have been translated into multiple languages.
One year after quitting her job fighting wildfires to start a family with her husband, Elizabeth is on the verge of divorce, childless, and wondering what comes next. So when a massive blaze threatens to sweep through her idyllic town in the Rockies, it’s all too easy to return to the trenches and what she does best. But which is the biggest threat to her home: the fire, or Elizabeth’s near-crippling fear of facing the problems in her marriage to Ben?
Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s former best friend Mindy seizes upon the emergency to bring purpose to her life, rallying the town to fundraise money in support of John, the first man to lose his home to the destruction. As evidence begins to point towards John as the cause of the fire, Mindy’s sixteen-year-old son and his friends are unexpectedly cast under suspicion and Mindy finds herself—and her family—involved in a way she couldn’t imagine. As Elizabeth, Ben and Mindy face the ever-advancing flames, they realize some things will be lost forever, but others might still be saved.
Praise for SMOKE:
“… Catherine McKenzie nimbly delivers believably flawed characters, a plot layered with broken trust, suspense, secrets, and spot-on pacing. SMOKE beautifully meshes mystery, complex relationships and a love story that will keep readers turning pages and generate thought-provoking book club discussions.” –New York Journal of Books
“A fiery, suspenseful story inspired by a similar crisis the author’s close friend experienced, McKenzie’s fifth novel assesses the flame resistance of bonds shared by family, friends, and community. Pages keep on turning, questions keep on burning, as SMOKE wafts up from between the covers to consume readers.” –Booklist
“SMOKE has everything Catherine McKenzie’s fans will want from her new novel—beautiful pacing, a thick plot, suspense, characters you’ll love, and intricate relationships. In other words, everything that’ll keep you turning pages.” -Bustle
While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life.
Praise for HIDDEN:
"[a] delicate, honest exploration of secrets, family, and the varied meanings of true love..." –Booklist
Praise for FORGOTTEN
“From her big city legal career to earthquake-battered Africa and back again, Emma’s whirlwind of location, circumstance and emotion involves many an unexpected twist. By turns hilarious and heart-tugging, we follow her on her most important journey—that of self-discovery. A thoroughly enjoyable read!” –Juliette Fay, author of DEEP DOWN TRUE
"Forgotten is a clever, satisfying diversion of a book, but where McKenzie really excels is in the pacing. Quick banter, the new challenges that spring up in Emma’s path and the tension McKenzie creates between her characters send the reader headlong through the pages to see if Emma gets to live happily ever after, near-death experience or not." –The Globe and Mail
“This novel has such a refreshing take on your typical coming-of-age story. The characters are insightful and the dry humor is reminiscent of what you’ll find in a TV drama. From start to finish, readers will feel like they are on a reluctant journey with someone who didn’t set out to change her life.” –RT
“McKenzie has created a charming character in Emma—witty, extraordinarily level-headed, and blessed with grace under fire in the most trying of circumstances. FORGOTTEN is an endearing story of discovery and transformation and the importance of turning lemons in lemonade.” –Booklist
After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company’s success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?
A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.
Praise for ARRANGED:
"...getting to happily-ever-after has rarely been so entertaining." —Chatelaine Magazine
"...entertaining story about the complexities of relationships and what makes a marriage work." —Winnipeg Free Press
Katie takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Katie begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason. Katie has to make a decision—is publishing the article worth everything she has to lose?
Praise for SPIN:
"With fresh, fast-paced storytelling and a personable, self-deprecating protagonist, McKenzie whirls a perfectly indulgent tale." –Publishers Weekly