"compelling powerful story"
After killing her husband, Grace Leshansky plea bargained a
five to fifteen year sentence for manslaughter and was
released after seven years. During her prison time she
pushed all her friends away except for Sheilah Donlan who
not only picked her up from the penitentiary but also got
her an apartment and a job in her headhunting business.
Now Grace has to adjust to life on the outside knowing that
she killed the man who took away her livelihood, her
father, and her self-respect.
In the first weeks of freedom, Grace realizes her parole
officer is a battered wife who hates her, makes friends
with a con man like her dead husband, and reconnects with
her first love Michael, whose father is indirectly
responsible for the mess her life is in. Michael's dad,
serving a life sentence, is also the only man who can help
her find the father she wants to see one last time.
Caroline Slate lives up to the promise she's shown in her
debut novel THE HOUSE ON SPRUCEWOOD LANE with her second
novel, a powerful work about a woman who is driven to
murder, but somehow hooks the reader's sympathy even before
all the facts are revealed. The protagonist's relationship
with her friends, her lover, and her father ring so true
that the audience will shed tears for a woman who was
deliberately pushed to her limit by an expert manipulator
and brilliant con man. A FRACTURED TALE is a compelling
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 28, 2003