The Fragments by Toni Jordan. (2018).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Beautiful reclusive author Inga died in a fire in New York in 1939 leaving behind the scorched fragments of a second book after her successful first novel. In the 80s Caddie is a fan of Inga and looking forward to seeing the scorched fragments in Brisbane. Caddie is jolted after a conversation with a stranger in line for the exhibition – it seems the stranger knows something new about the fragments. Caddie is driven to follow the clues to unlock the literary mystery that has captivated fans for decades.
I quite enjoyed this story. It was fairly slow paced yet it was still really engaging. The book features dual storylines: the first is Caddie in 1986 trying to track down clues about the burnt manuscript and the second is Rachel’s story which begins in 1928. Just before I reached the end of the book I worked out the finish but it was still satisfying and a nice wrap up of the storylines in my opinion. I liked how the author demonstrated how attached readers can get to books and their authors, and just how special one book can be. Caddie was a relatable likeable character and Rachel was admirable and quite independent, particularly for a woman in her time period. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this one!