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- Print Length: 153 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Close-Up Books (May 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072C1Q1Y3
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The writing moves fairly quick and the chapters are small so you can blow through this book in 1-2 hours especially once the action picks up towards the end.
Her characters feel realistic and their behavior for the most part makes sense except for the PTSD that Amanda is suffering from. Apparently when she was a kid she didn’t like the water, as in the ocean not the drink, then she saw a kid drown and developed a phobia from that. It doesn’t say that she saw this happening and there’s no intimate connection to the kid implied. The combination of her already unexplained and illogical fear of the ocean with this drowning she had no connection to became something that followed her into adulthood to the point she refused to get on boats and would have near panic attacks near water. The breaking point was when her fiancée threw her in the water with the alleged intent to drown her out of anger for breaking their engagement. Now that last part I could definitely see being something that would cause trauma but the lead up didn’t have the same sense of believability to it at least not to cause the extreme PTSD that is implied.
It wasn’t a bad book but for me it didn’t have that same level of spine tingling suspense I was hoping for considering all the rave reviews and build up. It could be that since I didn’t like the lead character and thought she was an irritating, whiny child I had trouble caring whether she would end up dead or not. It didn’t help that it was also being billed as a ‘Romance’ because there really wasn’t much to that unless you count the blink & you’ll miss it scene of Amanda and Lucas finally “getting over their trust issue” in the biblical way – cue eye roll. Like I said she just irritated me.
Her best friend has a guy she wants Amanda to meet. Lucas is just about perfect for her. But he has secrets.
When her stalker appears more and more often, Amanda tries to ignore him. But then, he doesn't seem to care if she sees him or not. When she finally confronts him, he mysteriously tells her to ask her new boyfriend.
And when the cops get involved, things go from bad to worse.
Story premise is good, the writing is well paced. The characters are credible, if not likeable at all times. With a past that refuses to stay in the past, the suspense builds and builds until the surprising ending.
Many thanks to the author / Close-Up Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this debut novel. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
It's a solid thriller. I found myself invested in our main character and very curious about who this mysterious man was. The only problem was that when I found out who he was and what he wanted, I never quite believed it.
No spoilers here. I think maybe had the book been bigger, the author could have fleshed out the plot a bit more. Everything with Lucas, our main character, and the mysterious man simply happened way too fast. I just kept thinking if I were Amanda, I would have simply shown Lucas the door - long before anything really happened.
It's a good beach read and I'd try the author in the future.
*ARC Provided via Net Galley
Broken is what I'd call a 'comfortable' suspenseful mystery/romance. Enjoy the thrill and the escape from your couch, with the knowledge that this author knows exactly what she's doing.
I read this book with my KU subscription.
The plotting and writing is above average—in places, the writer's turn of phrase is beautiful.
Once I grew accustomed to Manda’s delivery, I liked her. There’s a bit of the Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Notorious about the piece. Lucas is slightly less well developed, but as the hunky object of her desire, he works really well.
In short, I recommend this book highly. Nicely done, Ms Linford.