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Fractured - Dawn Barker

Paperback Published: 26th February 2013
ISBN: 9780733629853
Number Of Pages: 352

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A compelling, emotional knockout debut from a brilliant new Australian author.

An unforgettable novel that brings to life a new mother's worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn't coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They'd come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn't been herself since. One moment she's crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she's just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong...

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.

About the Author

Dr Dawn Barker is a Child Psychiatrist who works with families affected by mental illness. She grew up in Scotland, and studied Medicine at Aberdeen University. In 2001 she moved to Australia, completed her psychiatric training and began writing. She has published non-fiction articles on parenting and child psychology for various websites and magazines.


A wonderful debut from an Australian author


A beautifully written story about a horrific topic, the title Fractured sums it all up perfectly. With the main event occurring right at the start of the book, the story unfolds as chapters reveal the periods of time before and after. It ends perfectly and as it probably would in real life. Well done Dawn Barker - another fabulous Australian author; I look forward to further books.



Couldn't put it down


This book was fantastic. ...I don't have much time to read being the parent of a toddler but I knocked this over in two nights. An awful situation but brilliantly written and shows the different perspectives and effects without making judgements on what is right and wrong. Best book I've read in a very long time

Montmorency, vic, AU


Heartbreaking insight into postnatal dep


Wow. This book has given me a better appreciation of women suffering from postnatal depression. Amazingly informative.



Incredible debut - Aussie Author


What an incredible debut from new Australian author Dawn Barker. I loved this book from the very first page and from that very first page I was catapulted through each and every page at a rate I just couldn't stop. This novel is POWERFUL! It is also DEVASTATING! The tragedy that grips this family was just so intense and the feelings that Dawn can just put down on paper dragged me through the wringer also, so much so that I was trying to cope with the emotions myself that this story pulls you into. I think being a mother and a doctor has allowed this new author the gift of depth in her narration in a subject that she knows. This is a stunning first novel from Dawn and I truly hope is not the last......

Willow Tree NSW AU




A superb debut for Dawn Barker, Fractured is a psychologically complex, gripping story that I couldn't put down. This adult fiction title is one that will haunt me for a while.



Heart wrenching


Hard to put down. Quite confronting in places. Scarily accurate description of early motherhood.




4.7 6


Moving at a cracking pace, Fractured is part psychological thriller, part family drama. ... This novel will be a great book club read as it ends with more questions than answers. - Books + Publishing

Fractured is an extraordinary exploration of mental illness and grief told with great confidence and compassion. - Newtown Review of Books

Fractured is a touching, moving story about the devastating impact of postnatal psychosis on a family in its extreme manifestations. - Aussie Book Reviews (Australianbookshelf.wordpress.com)

A superb debut for Dawn Barker, Fractured is a psychologically complex, gripping story that I couldn't put down. - Bookdout.wordpress.com

ISBN: 9780733629853
ISBN-10: 0733629857
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th February 2013
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1