Fractured Secrets


Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/28/2022
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Author Biography

Lisa Alfano is a lifelong New England author who creates twisted characters in flawed worlds. She is the author of the thriller novels, PMS Girls (2021) and Fractured Secrets (2022). Her next novel, a dark fantasy, is expected for publication late 2022-early 2023.
Several of Lisa's short horror stories have been published in various anthologies.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

Sophie Mathieson has a mundane life that she despises. Her job at Heller Co. or, as she calls it, Hellco, sucks the life out of her. Her husband is inattentive and spends most of his time running a restaurant and putting Sophie down. Her only bright spots are her dog and her husband's best friend and co-owner of the restaurant, Kyle. She measures thirty years of her life and marriage in terms of days serving a sentence. Nothing gives her meaning. When she receives calls and texts from a "Dr. Z" who threatens to reveal her biggest secret, she can't hold it together. How can she deal with this anxiety, who is Dr. Z, and why is he lurking at the edge of her life after all this time? Can she keep Dr. Z and her secret from her husband and colleagues? Find out whether there is any hope in Fractured Secrets by Lisa Alfano.

Fractured Secrets isn't your typical Christian novel, but it leans toward faith, which I like. This might be the most honest Christian book that I've ever read. Lisa Alfano isn't afraid to explore the darkest parts of humanity and the soul to show the journey through darkness. Sophie is in the depths of despair and needs a higher power to show her the way. I'm amazed by her journey and the discoveries she makes, while an intriguing mystery is unraveling her life. This is an amazing and inspirational novel, and a wonderful, psychological thriller. Very real and relatable. An excellent and intriguing read!

Shrabastee Chakraborty

With a dreary job, an obnoxious co-worker, and an abusive husband, each day was a living hell for Sophie Mathieson. Her life takes a turn for the worse when she receives an anonymous phone call and threatening texts. Someone wants her to spill her greatest secret, one that still makes her squirm with shame and guilt. In a parallel storyline, Dan is also living a miserable existence, owing to his mother’s frequent psychotic episodes and his aunt’s reluctance to get her institutionalized. Instead, Auntie concocts a nefarious plan to placate her sister that would mean hurting a person. Will Dan be able to stop his family or at least warn the unsuspecting victim in time? What happens when Dan and Sophie meet? Find out in Fractured Secrets, a psychological thriller by Lisa Alfano.

Having read and enjoyed Lisa Alfano’s other books previously, I was glad to find out that this one was no exception, either. The novel was chock-full of unexpected twists, leaving me gasping and scrambling to add up the facts. As always, Alfano excelled in creating the most despicable and twisted characters. Reading about their delusional ideas and insane demands made me frustrated beyond belief. Kudos to Alfano for eliciting such a strong reaction! It was scary to realize that anyone could become hapless pawns in the hands of such manipulative people. Through Sophie's and Dan’s characters, Alfano showed how mental abuse and neglect during childhood could make a person feel unworthy as an adult. The novel demonstrated how recovering from these inherent feelings and cutting ties with toxic people could be difficult but could bring one closer to healing. Alfano possesses a gift to create such twisted stories that can pull us down to the deepest, darkest abyss of the human psyche. Fractured Secrets is a must-read for anyone who loves psychological thrillers.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Fractured Secrets by Lisa Alfano is a psychological thriller. Sophie Mathieson isn't happy with her life. Her marriage is nothing special and her life is counted in how long she's worked at the Heller Corporation. On her 9,680th day, she starts receiving threats. Sophie has a secret and she lives her life in dread that her husband will find out. It's down to her to deal with the man making the threats, to stop her life from collapsing about her. Dan Zane is a doctor, a good one with a great future ahead, but he has his own demons. When they resurface, he must make a choice between his oath to "do no harm" or the family that left him behind. Dan's and Sophie's lives are about to collide in a spectacular fashion and when they discover that they are both a part of the same evil game, they need to learn to trust one another; not easy against a faceless enemy holding killer secrets over your head.

Fractured Secrets by Lisa Alfano is a thrilling read, full of suspense that will keep you on your toes. There are two stories here, each a separate journey until their paths cross and they become one. The threads of each are expertly weaved into a nail-biting thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat all the way through. The stories are alternated by chapter and the characters are well developed - far from normal, with flaws and demons - but you will relate to them and the two main protagonists are likable. The action is non-stop and the story will capture your attention from the first page. If psychological thrillers are your passion, this is one you shouldn't miss.