Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
But after a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.
Told from the alternating perspectives of John and Julie, over the course of two timelines, FRACTURED explores how the smallest events can sometimes have the biggest consequences.
Advance Praise for FRACTURED:
“Catherine McKenzie has quickly become a master of the psychological thriller, and FRACTURED is no exception. A taut, finely-wrought novel that had me holding my breath from the very first page, unsure of where the twists and turns would take me but looking forward to all of them.”
–Allison Will Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of TIME OF YOUR LIFE and IN TWENTY YEARS
“Things go terribly wrong for these engrossing characters in Catherine McKenzie’s latest tour de force. A tightly drawn narrative that begs the question: How much can we really know about those living closest to us? Truly riveting!”
–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY
“Beautifully plotted. Breathlessly paced. FRACTURED is a difficult book to put down. But its insights into love, marriage, and obsession ensure that you’ll be thinking about it long after you do. This is Catherine McKenzie at her best.”
–Matthew Norman, author of WE’RE ALL DAMAGED and DOMESTIC VIOLETS
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
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