Murder. Money. Revenge.
Outwardly, Ben Stephens appears to be a normal, hard-working family man. In reality, his life has been in turmoil since the murder of his wife, Alice, seven years ago. The killer was never caught. Now re-married – to the woman he was having an affair with while still married to Alice – Ben’s life is once again spiraling out of control, and he’s become heavily indebted to an unscrupulous criminal who is baying for Ben’s blood. When Ben’s estranged twin sister, a police detective, unexpectedly returns to his life, asking too many questions for comfort, it becomes clear that without action, Ben’s life will soon reach a crisis point from which there will be no return. In order to avoid falling further into the mire, Ben must examine the past if he is to survive the present – but just how much pressure can one man take before he breaks? Dark Fragments is a fast-paced thriller with a blend of mystery, suspense and action that will appeal to readers of psychological thrillers, as well as a broad section of crime, thriller and action fans.
Rob Sinclair is the author of “The Enemy” series featuring Carl Logan. Filled with action, plot twists and a compelling read they make for gripping reads that have depth far beyond that of the regular thriller. “Dark Fragments” is his latest thriller – one that focuses on the character of Ben Stephens, and how he copes as his past comes crashing into his present. I don’t want to give much more away – there are plot twists a plenty here, so it’s difficult to reveal much, but it’s safe to say that this is a tightly crafted thriller, and much like in his previous books, Rob Sinclair has not forsaken character for plot – Ben and Gemma are a well developed couple, and Ben and Dani’s relationship has a fascinating dynamic too it. These characters feel very real and go far beyond the stereotypes or blank characters that one can often find in Thrillers – these are compelling and three dimensional characters who are human in their actions and behaviours -they may make unwise decisions, but they’re never decisions that rely on the reader suspending their disbelief in the characters and their actions, which is not an easy thing to do in a thriller. Sinclair is also careful not to overload the reader with exposition either, exploring past events bit by bit and allowing the reader to find explanations for Ben’s present in the aspects of his past. The author also has a knack for superb descriptions too – visceral and evocative, he knows how to transport his readers effortlessly into the world of his characters.
Well crafted, hugely clever and packed with more twists than a high octane roller coaster, “Dark Fragments” keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the final page turn, and is a read that comes well recommended from me.