Read from January 20-29th, 2017
Synopsis: How would you go about trying to help your daughter who, suffering her first psychotic break at fifteen, is chased by her wounded mind to the streets of Santa Barbara? That is the dilemma that Lynne Swanson faces. Out of her element, and definitely out of her comfort zone for this professional woman, she is forced to seek the help of Kerry Wilson, a social worker for the homeless. Unfortunately for her, Kerry is a rough-necked loner that has no inclination to hold the hand of a woman who he feels is out for a lark at the expense of his homeless clients. The harsh and deadly realities of the streets in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and an attempt to close a homeless shelter just as winter sets in produces a dramatic race against time with the life of Lynne’s daughter in the balance.
Bookish Things: 352 pages. The cover is suitable, but a little amateur hour.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $1.14.
It is obvious that Ken has spent many years working with the mentally ill and homeless of Santa Barbara to be able to produce the rough, raw and gut-wrenching characters that pop up throughout Fractured Angel.
The various homeless, alcoholics, drug addicted and mentally ill characters were full of real, human characteristics and felt very real to read. This was probably the highlight of the book, the way the reader is given a glimpse of these people as real people, and not just a number or one of the faceless masses shuffling around the streets.
I quite liked the main male character, Kerry, that I’m sure was a fictionalised version of Ken, he too felt real. A war-torn, tired and battered veteran.
I didn’t much like the female lead, Lynne. Her naivety was a little too much, and her emotional baggage a little too heavy to feel real. That’s not to say she didn’t have redeeming scenes, but she just didn’t gel for me.
This book does not glorify or colour what it’s like to be a homeless person in the US, it simply allows for the reader to see past all the preconceived notions one might have about them and allows for a connection to be formed.
An eye-opening read, albeit a little overwritten in parts.
The book could do with another pass over by an editor, there were a few small issues throughout, that I didn’t take note of, that would help tighten the overall professional feel of the book.
One thing I did note:
6% – …Lynne rushed passed (past) the assemblage…
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**