- Title: The Fractured Globe
- Author: Angela Fish
- Publisher: Darkstroke Books on December 3, 2020
- Genre: Psychological Thriller
- Pages: 281
- Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
- Rating: 4/5
Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence, Forced Prostitution, Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Trafficking
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The Fractured Globe Blurb
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Single mums, Tia and Kay, meet when their sons are born on the same day.
Tia is a product of the welfare system but wants a better life for her son. Her entrapment by her manipulative and controlling boyfriend in the world of drink, drugs, crime and enforced prostitution suggests otherwise. Is she a ‘born devil’ or can she change and break free?
Kay comes from a stable home but sacrifices it all, initially, to live her own kind of life.
Overshadowed by betrayals, mistakes, regrets, and the mystery of an abandoned child, their paths – and those of their families – run parallel or criss-cross over twenty-five years.
Can determination and the power of the snow globe offer a chance of happiness?
The Fractured Globe is one of those novels that you hate the main characters, yet you can’t get enough of the story. My eyeballs were on fire from the intense need to read more. Angela Fish does something amazing with her words. They pull you in and won’t let you go.
I hated Kay and Tia. I felt no sympathy for selfish Kay. The bit of empathy I held for Tia collapsed after I found out what kind of person she was. The argument in the blurb is nature vs. nurture. I have a lot of experience in this debate, and I can tell you, it doesn’t matter. At some point, you have to take responsibility for your actions. Neither Kay nor Tia takes any responsibility for the hurts they have caused. They just continued in the same selfish manner they always had.
I kept reading because I needed to know how Kay’s parents were getting along. The boys are a joy, and I loved watching them grow up. I wanted every happiness for Jack. I was afraid that Adam was going to follow in his mother’s selfish ways, but he turned out to be a good lad.
I know it sounds weird to say that you enjoyed a novel even though you have so many problems with it. But I loved every minute I spent reading this book. So, in that stead, I award The Fractured Globe 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this novel to those of you who need the ultimate in mind games.
About the Author – Angela Fish
Angela worked in medical research, electronic and electrical engineering, and administration. In her mid-thirties, she decided to change direction and returned to university to study Humanities, specialising in Literature and Creative Writing. She then completed an MPhil (Literature) focussing on how women writers in Wales, between 1850 and 1950, portrayed their female characters. Following this, Angela joined the staff the University of Glamorgan where, in 2000, she set up and directed The Wales Centre for Intergenerational Practice. As well as providing training and advice, she worked with local schools and communities, over a period of ten years, to improve communication between the generations. She has been in demand, nationally and internationally, as a conference presenter and an invited speaker in her field.
Her publications include non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and fiction for children. The Fractured Globe is her first full-length novel and explores the nature/nurture question through the lives of two single mums, their sons, and families, over twenty-five years. This debate, together with an interest in mythology and magic, has significantly influenced her writing.
Angela is a member of The Society of Authors [SoA], and the SoA Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group.
She lives in south Wales.