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The Broken (The Apostles) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2014
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"Coriell's Apostles series launch is a true roller-coaster ride of romantic suspense...top-notch, with so many twists and turns that even the most astute reader will be riveted to the stunning conclusion."―Publishers Weekly
"TOP PICK, 4.5 Stars. Coriell's latest grips the reader from the first page. A definite must-read."
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About the Author
A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and restaurant reviewer. These days Shelley writes smart, funny novels for teens and big, edgy romantic suspense. A six-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, she lives and loves in Arizona with her family and the world's neediest rescue Weimaraner. When she's not behind the keyboard, you'll find her baking high-calorie, high-fat desserts and haunting local farmers markets for the perfect plum.
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I just finished this book after reading it in one sitting. The writing is fantastic, the suspense kept my heart rate up and I shed a few years.
I loved how the story and the relationship between Kate and Hayden progressed. It was a slow burn and believable. You felt the attraction but also could see they didn't want to act on their feelings. The story focused more on the crimes than the romance and for me that was refreshing. You still get some hearts and flowers though. It was the perfect combination.
I'm a huge crime show fan (The First 48, Forensic Files) so it was like watching a tv drama play out before you on the pages. You could tell the author did her homework about crime scenes and cop etiquette which just added so much more to this book. The suspense like I mentioned was fantastic. I kept changing my opinion who the villain was and by the reveal I was still wrong! I can't wait to read more in this series and I'll be starting Hatch's story soon. 4.5 Stars!
As this series is about an elite group of the FBI called The Apostles, how they come into play in this book is when Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher returns to Cypress Bend at the request of the Grandmother of a 13 yr old son he didnt know he had. He never thought he would ever return to Cypress Bend after his heart was broken when his wife walked away and divorced him. Said wife being Grace. Not long after arriving in town and getting his son out of jail he runs into Grace and soon learns of her problem and doesnt hesitate to help her when she asks for The Apostles help in trying to find the killer before they bury another person alive.
I've read a few reviews that mention one of the things they liked least about this book was the romance. That there was no spark between Grace and Hatch. I even let this keep me from reading this book. I loved the first book and skipped this one then read the third which I also liked. Now after finally reading this book I shouldnt have let others influence me as I got the relationship between Grace and Hatch and didnt think it was lacking in anything. Yes these two couldnt have been more different – she needed stability and wanted the powerful job, a husband who supported her and nice house on the hill – he was a free spirit who only felt alive on the sea, never seeing himself land locked. Its been 10 years since they have seen each other but nothing has changed feeling wise between them – it wasnt lack of love that tore them apart. Grace chose on her own to sacrifice her happiness for Hatch's knowing he would come to resent her if she kept him landlocked. That was 10 years ago and where Grace is pretty much the same person she always was Hatch who is still more comfortable on his boat has learned the true meaning of family from his team which helps him in become a dad overnight to a very angry teenager and to also making a decision that Grace his worth any sacrifices.
Now the suspense and killer aspect of the story.. With this being a small Florida town it has part of the spookiness of the bayou's found in Louisiana. Little by little we are given clues and meet characters that hold secrets from long ago and these secrets change what Grace knew of her childhood which leads to a shocking showdown and reveal with the killer.
I've enjoyed The Apostles series and hope the author plans to continue it.
The story is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Between the on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, the palpable sexual tension between Kate and Hayden, and the whodunnit that pulls you along, there's no way I could put the book down. I love the gutsy Kate who doesn't want to be tamed, but knows deep down she must work with Hayden to bring the killer to justice. I love Hayden's buttoned up exterior. He compartmentalizes everything in his life - work, past relationships, demons in his past...and there's no more room for a relationship, especially not one with a witness. I can feel Kate's frustration - she wants to be free, but she knows she must listen to the experts and help them find the killer.
The pacing is impeccable in The Broken. Ms. Coriell drops just enough bread crumbs that we become amateur sleuths ourselves, trying to solve the crime. Just who IS the Broadcast Butcher? I love the fact that you can be bouncing along on a fast thrill ride, then you have time to catch your breath as you explore the behind-the-scenes details about solving the crime. Then, suddenly, you're in for another ride. I laughed out loud at the irreverent Detective Lottie King. I cried at the tenderness between Kate and Smokey Joe, the wounded Vietnam Veteran she works for. I cheered on Kate and Hayden. Most of all, I was blindsided at the end. Looking back, I realize all the pieces were there, but not until the very end did it all fall into place - with enough red herrings to make me certain on several occasions I knew 'whodunnit' only to be proven wrong.
I fell in love with Ms. Coriell's other FBI agents - Hatch Hatcher and Evie Jimenez. I am thrilled that Hatch is the hero in book 2 of the Apostles Series, The Buried, which is due to release 10/28/14. I can't wait to trudge through the Bayou with Hatch. I highly recommend The Broken and believe we'll be seeing much more of Ms. Coriell in the years to come. Bravo!