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The Fragments

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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From the award-winning, best-selling author of Addition and Nine Days, a superbly crafted and captivating literary mystery about a lost book and a secret love.  

Inga Karlson died in a fire in New York in the 1930s, leaving behind three things: a phenomenally successful first novel, the scorched fragments of a second book - and a literary mystery that has captivated generations of readers.  

Nearly 50 years later, Brisbane bookseller Caddie Walker is waiting in line to see a Karlson exhibition featuring the famous fragments when she meets a charismatic older woman. The woman quotes a phrase from the Karlson fragments that Caddie knows does not exist - and yet to Caddie, who knows Inga Karlson’s work like she knows her name, it feels genuine.  

Caddie is electrified. Jolted her from her sleepy, no-worries life in torpid 1980s Brisbane, she is driven to investigate: to find the clues that will unlock the greatest literary mystery of the 20th century.

©2018 Toni Jordan (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Ambition vs Love

The combination of Caroline Lee’s voice and the way the story opened lead me to guess from the start,the note it would end on... harkening back to the Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Nevertheless the story read well and I enjoyed it. The characters were fully fleshed out and the dark underbelly of the academically competitive was unfolded perfectly.

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A Great Story

Chosen for reader but loved the story just as much. The author moves back and forth from 1930's New York to Australia in the 1980's with such detail and ease.

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  • Caroline Greenwood
  • 02-08-19

pleasant story

an enjoyable but predictable plot. the author described Brisbane beautifully. felt like I could smell it. New York and Pennsylvania were not so well portrayed. I enjoyed the characters but felt the narrator failed to distinguish the different ages.