Marie’s peaceful life in Virginia is shattered the moment she receives word from her brother: “I just got a call from a detective. Daddy’s dead.” Rushing to her family home in Brooklyn, New York, Marie seeks answers to her father’s mysterious death only to discover disturbing occurrences and encounter acts of betrayal.
After her questions are amplified and suspicions confirmed surrounding her father’s ex-girlfriend, Marie becomes frustrated by how oblivious so many had been, and continue to be, to the wily con-artist.
Inheriting her father’s scheming ex-girlfriend becomes a journey Marie never imagined she’d be forced to travel.
Written as memoir, and based on a true story, “Fractured Facade” is a cautionary tale for anyone concerned about a parent after the loss of their spouse. The survivor, often thrust into an unfamiliar world, can find it quite different from the dating scene of their youth; one where some people create facades to mask their true intentions. Sadly, loneliness can cause an otherwise intelligent person to behave foolishly.
“Fractured Facade” is the tale of a father’s death, a daughter’s life, and a sociopath’s vendetta.
This book is available from Amazon.
Elena, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
Originally I was going with just “Facade” but there were too many books with that title. Once I thought of “Fractured Facade” I realized it actually worked better as the story is about exposing someone’s false facade.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character would have to be Marie who is not perfect, acknowledges her mistakes, and refuses to accept defeat without a fight.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
There’s quite a few messages throughout the tale, but one stands out more than others. Keep a close watch on your newly “single” parents and who they date. Your parent may not be mentally equipped to recognize sociopaths who will tell them everything they want to hear. You have to be the one to tell your parent what they need to hear.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
If a reader said “Fractured Façade” had to be a true story written from the heart by someone whose heart was broken, then they “got” me.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“Although I have never lived in New York City, after reading Elena Derosa’s Fractured Facade, I feel as though I have a friend there who welcomed me to her kitchen table for a cup of coffee and an intimate, true story that she chose to tell to me alone.”
Where can people learn more about your writing?
Here’s where I do most of my writing — http://MsElenaeousRants.blogspot.com