She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be Kindle Edition
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About the Author
"J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that's a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sandford. All one-of-a-kinds. Don't miss anything J.D. writes."
--James Patterson, #1 International Bestselling Author
"A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!"
--Jeffery Deaver, NY Times Bestselling Author
"I don't say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with."
--Tosca Lee, NY Times Bestselling Author
"Barker knows how to evoke chilling imagery and will have readers anxiously looking over their shoulders with each terrifying "clickity, click, click."
-- Library Journal
"Barker is a master wordsmith."
"J.D. Barker was born to write suspense thrillers."
--The Real Book Spy
"It is clear Barker is a name to watch."
--The Horror Bookshelf
"Barker's slight of literary hand is absolute genius. He builds tension and then rips the rug right out from under you, just to do it all over again."
"Mr. Barker may have begun by following in the footsteps of such literary royalty as Stephen King, Thomas Harris, and Dean Koontz, but he has blazed a unique path all his own."
-- Fresh Fiction
"J.D. Barker is quite frankly one of the best crime thriller writers out there who should be on everyone's radar!"
-- Novel Delights
"Barker is an award-winning writer who is the second coming of Thomas Harris."
-- Book Reporter.com
"Barker's mastery of character and dialogue is noteworthy."
"Barker is such a skilled and exciting writer, delivering a chilling, slow-build thriller, a final, jaw-dropping twist, and a cliffhanger ending that leaves readers dangling precariously by their fingertips."
-- Lancashire Evening Post
"Mr. Barker doesn't just tell a story, he paints pictures with his words."
- File size : 2126 KB
- Publication date : March 31, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Hampton Creek Press (March 31, 2020)
- Print length : 720 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B082Z87BMX
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,083 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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(And a gorgeous cover, too!)
Who would’ve thought that you could start with a Charles Dickens classic, “Great Expectation” and reimagine it, as a haunting tale of suspense/horror?!
Not me, that’s for sure.
But J.D Barker, does just that, and he does it brilliantly!
This 700+ Page Kindle copy, opens with 8 year old Jack Thatch, an orphan who lives with his Aunt Jo Gargery, visiting the cemetery to visit his parent’s graves.
He spots a beautiful, young girl about his age, called Stella, who is sitting on a bench clutching a copy of her favorite book, “Great Expectations”.
It is a book about an orphan, Pip, who lives with his abusive sister and her husband, Joe Gargery, who likes to explore in a churchyard, near his parent’s graves. One of his only friends is Estella, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, reclusive woman. Estella treats Pip, in the most demeaning ways, but he becomes obsessed and is determined to “better himself” to “win her over”.
Jack introduces himself to Stella, who informs him that he is “common” and since he clearly beneath her in social class, she dubs him “Pip”. He becomes obsessed, and rushes home to find a copy of the book she was so enthralled with. He will search for her everywhere.
He won’t see her again, for exactly one year, when on the same day, August 8th, she is again on the bench in the cemetery clutching her book.
Something else occurs around that same time every year.
Every August 9th, a body will be found, flesh burned but clothes, unscathed.
And, a little boy, called “Subject D” is locked away and studied.
All will be linked, throughout their lives....
This book has been compared to early King and Koontz, which I read religiously, as a teen and young adult, so although I have moved away from horror, I was intrigued.
I would agree that those are fair comparisons.
Where this story is suggestive rather than graphic in its descriptions, It does share with the other authors early works, great characters which had me laughing and even tearing up, at times.
Just like when I read King’s 11/22/63, I enjoyed the “nostalgia” of THIS book, as it mentions songs that were being played on the radio in the 70’s and 80’s, when this book takes place, and the novels being read by everyone, in those years, such as all of James Patterson’s.
I enjoyed the first half a bit more than the second half, when the the mystery is unfolding.
The second half is more of a “cat and mouse” chase.
Will Good triumph over Evil?
Will Love conquer Hate?
Dicken’s “Great Expectations” had two endings..one sad one and one happy one.
Which one J.D. Barker chooses to go with, will be for you to find out..
I look forward to reading his future collaboration with James Patterson, “The Coast To Coast Murders” scheduled for publication on Sept 21, 2020.
And, I plan to read an earlier work, Dracul, as well.
This book is available NOW if you want to pick up a copy!!
I Highly recommend that you do!!
This is a masterfully woven tale. Barker creates wonderful characters that while flawed, the reader relates to, feels for and remembers. This is a long book but it flows seamlessly. The narrator was brilliant. The fact that he pronounces microfiche as feesh and not fish drove me up the wall but otherwise, he was amazing and reminded me a lot of Will Patton. So many things ran through my head last night after I finished the book and of course come morning, all that was lost. So for now, suffice it to say that I loved this. it goes into the rare re-read pile.
One issue that bothered me (and doesn't affect my rating) is that the book and audio wouldn't sync correctly. I spent way too much time finding my place each time I switched, time I could have used reading. Also the book and audio chapters are not listed the same which made it that much more difficult. I would suggest that Audible.com correct that.
Around the same date, every year, the police find a dead body - that is burned. The body is burned - but the clothes are not
The story follows these two into their adulthood - where we learn of secrets... which I cannot share are I will ruin the story for you