Alan Draven; Paperback, 388 pages
Published July 4th 2011 by Black Bed Sheet Books
Donovan Vicar is a “feeler”-a man who feels the vibrations of people around him. One October evening on his way home, he bumps into a man that he senses to be particularly evil, and he embarks on a late bus ride to seek him out. As the empty bus leaves the station in foggy Bitternest, Louisiana, Donovan falls asleep. When he wakes up, he is disoriented by what he sees-he is still in Bitternest, only his surroundings seem more primitive and unfamiliar. He is shocked to realize that he has traveled back in time to the year 1957 and that the city is plagued by the mysterious disappearances of numerous young women.
Everything points to Timothy Crane, a man alleged to have many shady associations and rumored to be dabbling in black magic. Aided by Ritchie Campbell, a young man with his share of dark secrets, and his old friend Edgar Ward, Donovan finds himself caught up with the events unfurling in Bitternest. He is slowly coming to terms with his gifts as a “feeler” and only begins to get a glimpse of all the power brewing inside him.
The stakes are raised and everything culminates into one fateful night leaving them less than a week to figure out what Crane is really up to and how to stop him. It might also be Donovan’s only chance to ever get back home…
– Goodreads on Fractured Time
This was one of the books I had on my list for the Frightful Fall Read-a-thon, which I completely missed in the end due to October d00m and destruction. And I ended up not posting my review either for the same reasons. So this is a late review, I’ve never really waited this much between reading a book and posting about it. Myeah. Here it goes…
I loved the atmosphere of this book. It had this mystery-modjo going on, and I felt Donovan was a very promising character. The whole time-travel thing was set very nicely, and I found the plot to be very creative and quite interesting. So I was very enthusiastic about the book from the beginning.
But somehow, sometime after Vicar gets to old Bitternest, the mood lost some of its charm for me. I’m not sure why, maybe I was expecting something more dramatic to happen sooner for some reason? I can’t tell. I was very intrigued to find out how it all ended, and it was exciting to read it till the end, the writing being very clever and the plot certainly interesting. But I wasn’t gripped, just calmly entertained.
Knowing me, this might have something to do with the villain sector of it. I mean, thin sector of villains, few of them, and they make a sort of timid appearance; this comes from the reader that is generally more interested in the antagonists then in the protagonists of books, so you can see how that would actually impact my reading experience in a different way then it would others. If there’d been a stronger, sturdier villain segment, I would have possibly fallen head over heels for the book.
Overall, it was a good reading experience. I enjoyed the plot, the writing, the characters, the pace of action, basically I enjoyed everything about this book. If you like urban fantasy with a scary twist, I say give this a try, it’s a good read.
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