Broken by Betsy Reavley (previously published under the title Beneath the Watery Moon)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.72 with 39 ratings (as of 2/19/2019)

Suitable for over 18’s only.

This book contains graphic scenes and of acts of violence which some readers may find disturbing. 

Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude, the course of her life changes and soon she finds peace in a world away from the misery she has known.

But when Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and her idyllic world is threatened, Annabel’s happy existence starts to become a nightmare.…more

200 Word Review

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

The blurb on the cover of Broken by Betsy Reavley says “the most disturbing book you will read this year”. I tend to be sceptical when a book has a claim that it is the best book ever or something similar printed on its cover. However, “the most disturbing book you will read this year” is probably an understatement. It is probably the most disturbing book I have read this decade.

In chapter 19, one of the characters says, “I felt like the driver who stops to look at a fatal accident on the motorway”. That is a great description on how I felt reading this book. It was like an accident that I just could not look away from.

The author grabs your attention and makes you feel the story. You can hear what Annabel hears. You can feel what Annabel feels. It is a well written story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

It is NOT for the weak of heart and is recommended for people over the age of 18. It contains graphic scenes and intense acts of violence. Do not take this warning lightly.

The only word I keep repeating is “”wow”.

Review published on Philomathinphila.com, Smashbomb, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble on 2/19/19.

Genre: Thriller
Print Length: 242 pages
ISBN: 1912986108 (ISBN13: 9781912986101)
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: February 18, 2019

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