- File Size: 844 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hideaway Fall Publishing (July 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0735L3VVJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tragedy has haunted the Perkins family for generations, and Ian is convinced that there is a family curse. He sets out to prove its existence, but will the proof come at the cost of his own sanity?
Broken Branches is part psychological thriller, part ghost story, and we’re never sure just how much of the events are taking place inside Ian’s mind until the superb twist at the book’s ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but it really is one that’s not easy to see coming. M. Jonathan Lee does a superb job of building up the sense of mystery and suspense, never letting out too many clues as the reader is taken along for the ride. While the story does switch between past and present events, I felt that the transitions were done smoothly and I never had an issue in telling where I was in the context of the story.
I enjoyed Broken Branches, but it’s not without fault. There is a section at the beginning of Chapter 13 where the tenses seem to get a bit muddled, the descriptions of Cobweb Cottage veering between present and past. Since I received the print edition for review some months before publication, I’ll hope those errors are fixed by the time of the final release.
The story has its slow spots, and I would have liked to see more of Ian’s past with Rachel and their early married life before they moved to Cobweb Cottage. Really, this reads a little more like literary fiction, with its slower pace and more minute examinations, than the fast pacing one usually expects from a psychological suspense thriller.
I’m giving Broken Branches four stars, and I’m intrigued to see what Hideaway Fall come up with as their next offering!
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.
He believes that there may be a curse surrounding his family, mainly due to the many accidents and tragedies that have occurred. Surely too many to be a coincidence?
Deciding that it is time to delve a little deeper, he starts looking into his family tree, but he soon becomes obsessed, leaving real life, his family, and with his job taking a back seat.
Will Ian prove that a curse does exist, or could his obsession be clouding his judgement?
Broken Branches is a slow-paced, psychological thriller-Esq book. It is written in two timelines that are mixed throughout. One in the present day, the other we get to read about Ian, his brother and their parents’ time living at the house, when Ian was a child.
The story is quite dark in places, and at times even I started to wonder whether Ian was actually on to something, and there was some kind of demonic spirit cursing his family. As his mental health deteriorated, I noticed how bad he was suffering with depression, then I started to wonder whether it could all just be in his head instead.
Mr. Lee has created perfect characters, surrounded by an intense, and at times chilling plot. I could feel the fear, and paranoia that Ian was going through. Sometimes this was quite disturbing.
The book is compelling, even without any real twist and turns. If you’re after a book that will have you questioning which direction the author is taking the story, whilst at the same time have you intensely turning the pages, then this is a must read.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
I was completely swept along by the first chapter in which we first meet the main character, Ian Perkins, and his property Cobweb Cottage. We learn of a family tragedy that has resulted in Ian and his family moving into the cottage and also a possible inherited curse. With gorgeous descriptions of the cottage and the imposing Sycamore tree that stands outside the front of the house Broken Branches promises an intriguing, somewhat gothic, tale and it continues to deliver.
Ian is an interesting character who is trying to prove that the curse his family have talked about through the generations exists. We meet him in the midst of his failing marriage to Rachel and, for a reason of which we are unaware, Ian believes that establishing there really is a curse on the Perkins family will save his relationship. Broken Branches is told largely from Ian’s perspective; switching between the present day in which he is completing his genealogical research and his childhood growing up in the cottage he is again inhabiting. I was really touched by his teenage experiences – his sense of loneliness, the difference in the way he is treated compared to his older brother and the difficulties in his relationship with his family members – and his love of reading resonated with me, bringing back memories of my own worn and underlined copies of Wuthering Heights and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Ian’s desperation in his search for the truth about his family grows and becomes more apparent as Broken Branches unfurls. I was with Ian throughout his journey and felt his emotions and sense of urgency.
Punctuated with brief glimpses of Rachel’s point of view later in the book, the reader begins to question Ian’s version of events adding to the captivation of the novel. This served to enhance my interest in the story that was unfolding.
Broken Branches has a quietly disconcerting feel to it which stays with the reader throughout the course of the book. There are a few seemingly supernatural elements that send delicate shivers down your spine. Lee’s prose is stunning and he uses nature to maximum effect to create atmosphere. The ominous Sycamore tree plays a large part and that, along with the other references to nature, gives it that gothic feel I spoke about at the beginning of the review. The imagery Lee presents gives Broken Branches a thoughtful perspective and an added layer that is compelling and irresistible.
Part mystery, part gothic novel Broken Branches is a gorgeous book about grief and guilt that will stay with me for a long time. Simply wonderful!
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