Blog Tour | A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie

Copy of the book was sent for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own
A couple of years ago, you may remember me talking about a book I absolutely adored, Sewing The Shadows Together by Alison Baillie. Well today, I am going to be talking about her new novel, A Fractured Winter which you can find on Amazon here {affiliate link}.


A missing girl.
Threatening notes.
Sinister Strangers.
Olivia’s idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she’d managed to escape the past, but it’s coming back to haunt her.
Has somebody discovered her secret – why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?
What is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?
A story of shadows of the past, the uncertainties of the present and how you can never really know anybody.

My Review

As I expected, and much in the same vein of her previous work, I just could not put this down – this was a follow up that was definitely worth the wait. Alison has a way with words that completely enamours you and makes you want to keep turning the pages, whether physical or digital. Steve’s been back on nights working with my brothers so I have been enjoying getting in some reading time and have often gone really late into the night without realising it as I was so engrossed in the book!

I adore the different settings – whilst I have never been to Switzerland, I felt the author described it perfectly. She creates an atmosphere that keeps you wanting to know exactly what is going on. What happened in Olivia’s past? What connections does she have to Marie and Lucy?

The different settings and different characters were written so well – they were different people and different places but woven together so well to make the whole story.

This psychological thriller is emotional, it is atmospheric, it is gripping and it leaves you constantly wanting more. To me, that is the sign of a 5* book. It can be hard to follow up a debut as brilliant as the author’s first novel but wow, she’s done it. Why not check it out?

About The Author

Alison was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales by Scottish parents. She studied English at the University of St Andrews, before teaching English in Edinburgh secondary schools and EFL in Finland and Switzerland, where she now lives. She spends her time reading, writing, travelling, playing with her grandchildren and attending crime writing festivals.

A Fractured Winter is available at

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