“A thought-provoking, saddening, tough piece of fiction from a debut writer who has a firm grip on her subject and compassion in her heart”
– Meredith Jaffe, The Hoopla

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, he thought, she’s just adjusting. He was busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And he realises that something is really wrong…

Praise for Fractured:

“an extraordinary exploration of mental illness and grief told with great confidence and compassion”Kylie Mason, Newtown Review of Books

“a stunning debut”- Tasmanian Times

“It flickers through a nightmarish scenario with considerable sensitivity; her medical expertise throws light on a subject that, due to cultural assumptions between mother and newborn, can be very difficult to understand.”– Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald/The Age/Canberra Times

“Barker has a phenomenal talent for getting inside the minds of her characters.” –The West Australian

“as compelling as it is chilling”– Sunday Life

“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”Bookseller & Publisher

“utterly riveting”– The West Weekend

“gut-wrenching drama at its best”– Townsville/Gold Coast Eye

‘Fractured is a touching, moving story about the devastating impact of postnatal psychosis on a family in its extreme manifestations.’ – Aussie Book Reviews 

‘A superb debut for Dawn Barker, Fractured is a psychologically complex, gripping story that I couldn’t put down.’

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Polish jacker for Fractured. Published in Poland 5/32015
Polish jacket for Fractured. Published in Poland March 2015


The Turkish cover for 'Fractured'
Turkish jacket for ‘Fractured’. Published in Turkey January 2016