There are 2 key points in this book that kept me reading breathlessly. The mystery of an unknown story, “buried” under the ashes of a fire and the obsession of people for a certain writer.
Toni Jordan put these topics together in “The Fragments”, a story to remember. Nicely written on 2 plans, past, and present, this is a book about a possible famous book. Does it sound strange to you? Well, you should give it a chance.
All the remains of a book that was never to be read
In the 1930’s New York fire, Inga Karlson, a famous writer, has died. Her only left fortune was the first successful novel, the burned pieces of her second book and the unknown story fire has destroyed.
Fifty years later, the young writer Caddie Walker, obsessed with Inga’s work, follows the story of those “fragments”. On her way on bringing the truth to light, Caddie discovers secrets and lies, also both devious and odd characters.
Despite the story itself, I admire the writing style and the 2 points of view in the book. The novel flows in 2 alternating chapters. First from Caddie’s present, meaning Brisbane 1986, and second, the New York of 1930s.
The connection between these 2 worlds couldn’t have been more good, as you will discover once reading “The Fragments”.
“And in the end, all we have are the hours and the days, the minutes and the way we bear them, the seconds spent on this earth and the number of them that truly mattered.”
The obsession for favorite writers and for their profound secrets
I enjoyed how Toni Jordan started from the obsession of people for their all-time favorite writers to build a great story, with puzzles from scorched fragments. An interesting perspective, glad that I had the chance to experience it.
Thank you, Text Publishing for the copy you sent to us. Reading Badgers can’t wait for Toni Jordan’s next works.