Cracked Hearts

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Stephanie had just dozed off when suddenly; there was a break in the silence. She woke momentarily. Her eyes popped open and moved from one side to the other as if attempting to see what the noise was but her body was too weak from sleep to do more than that.

While asleep on her back, the sensation of lips on hers brought her slowly back to consciousness. Still in dreamy twilight, not fully conscious of whether it was a dream or Ron trying to arouse her, she felt two hands cup ...

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Cracked Hearts: The Story of Ultimate Betrayal and Love

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Overview

Stephanie had just dozed off when suddenly; there was a break in the silence. She woke momentarily. Her eyes popped open and moved from one side to the other as if attempting to see what the noise was but her body was too weak from sleep to do more than that.

While asleep on her back, the sensation of lips on hers brought her slowly back to consciousness. Still in dreamy twilight, not fully conscious of whether it was a dream or Ron trying to arouse her, she felt two hands cup her breasts. Eyes still closed, Stephanie smiled, brought her arms up and dreamily wrapped them around her dream-lover's neck.

"Hunh?" Steph's breath drew inward in a sudden gasp. She bolted straight upright from her bed, her eyes round as silver dollars.

The sudden realization that Ron didn't have long hair brought her to an immediate state of panic. A hand covered her mouth to muffle her scream. Sweat beads broke out on her forehead and her face was blood red from trying to scream against a barrier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595407323
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/20/2006
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Masemore Pirrung’s top priority are her three children, who were raised in the home her contractor husband built in the middle of eight wooded acres in Howard County, Maryland.
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  • Posted May 18, 2012

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    Where has this one been hiding? I am glad I started this on a we

    Where has this one been hiding? I am glad I started this on a weekend! This was disturbing in many places and dealt with topics I normally shy away from but the reviews intrigued me. This one just really spoke to me. It will grip you from the opening scene and hold your interest until the end. It is hard to review the plot of this book without giving away any spoilers. Stephanie Adams is the main focus of the story and from the very beginning we are shown her sheer terror. Cracked Hearts features relatable flawed characters but you can't help but love them in spite of their imperfections. Their childhood experiences have shaped them in similar ways, despite their different environments. Throughout the story, the characters show a lot of personal growth over a twenty year period in terms of learning to let in the people who love them. The author has a unique way of carrying readers away into the dangerous world of her own creation and of misleading them and of making them bond with her characters, even the bad guys. The author creates masterful psychological portraits and she seems to understand perfectly the internal world of her characters. She describes, in detail, their ways of thinking and acting and she paves the way that will either lead them to their recovery or a means to an end. She showcases strong female characters with depth, which I love. It is indeed the women who rule the day in this well-crafted thriller. The stories within the story all meld into one. We see the story unfold from several different points of view and I really think that helps tell the story in a more thorough way. You get to see all the different sides come together for a more detailed reading experience. This was a fast read; you just have to know what happens next. The twists were just enough to keep you guessing, really it was perfectly executed. There are several major conflicts raging throughout the story with the lesser worries weaving in and out, helping the plot to meander towards the conclusion. I really enjoyed the writing style. The author gets inside her characters’ heads and shows you what makes them tick. The narrative moves right along, making you laugh out loud sometimes and shudder in horror in others. Some characters’ childhood background was beyond unimaginable to have produced a functioning adult capable of love, considering the ways in which they had come to cope. Intense and disturbing, this complex riveting page turner exposes more than we could possibly imagine as we get a glimpse into a dark, tormented world and the twisted psychological damage a parent can inflict on a child.
    There are many skeletons in many closets, demons praying would be left behind. Cracked Hearts is a pulse-pounding, earth-shattering thriller that will take you on the ride of your life. But pay close attention, because not everything is as it appears.

    Heck of a story, I have to admit. The author's plotting was fantastic. She had me stumped and second guessing myself up to the very last pages. The family scenes had such a ring of truth about them. I've enjoyed watching all of the relationships grow as well. And the child predator story is a real eye opener.
    I knew (or thought I knew) what was going on but every time I thought I had it figured out, the road twisted sharply and I had to re-think it.
    Cracked Hearts is a real page turner, guaranteed to keep you reading past the time you should shut off the light. If you like suspense, you'll love this one. Do yourself a favor. DO NOT READ THE LAST PAGE before you get to it chronologically or you will ruin it for yourself! Believe me when I tell you, IT IS WORTH THE WAIT! WOW!



    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

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    Holy Crap! What a book! This is a wonderful little sleeper. I ha

    Holy Crap! What a book! This is a wonderful little sleeper. I have not been able to forget the characters. I have found it hard to let go of. It is a puzzle that left me with questions that linger. If you don’t mind mental exercise, this writer is worth reading. This book does a great deal to broaden our minds and open our hearts. I was impressed by this author’s writing and her ability to have me rooting for the bad guy. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book. Don’t get me wrong. There was plenty of hate to go around but when the victim becomes an abuser, there is the “what comes first, the chicken or the egg” question. Cracked Hearts is suspenseful from start to finish. There are several plot lines going on at once and at times; if you are not careful you could get confused, also because there are many characters to keep track of, kind of like a running soap opera. The story is strong and real with the complexity of the good and bad, the love and hate and the fear and security. I also liked the writing style. When style compliments the plot, I get excited. We all know people who care for no one more than themselves and don’t appreciate what they already have. Their enjoyment comes from the game of conquering the unattainable only to prove to themselves they can. I think there is just about every personality type in this neighborhood, probably not much different than any of ours. This is a difficult book to read, in places, but impossible to put down. The identity of the killer was totally unexpected and then unexpected….again! A lot of red herrings strategically placed and in parts it is truly frightening. There is action, suspense, crazy, fun characters, a few adversaries, and even a love story to die for. It’s fast. It’s entertaining. It’s “hard to swallow” scary!





    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Family Secrets

    I'll have to say that I've never read anything quite like this! Once the reader gets past the horror displayed in this incredible novel, it is impossible to come away without feeling compassion, empathy and a little fearful of what is possible among man. Cracked Hearts is full of deep insight and intense and powerful emotions. It is an analysis of the struggle that is necessary to overcome unspeakable mental torment and it is not for the faint of heart. The dynamic between a set of parents is twisted and demented. This fact is at the root of some of the suffering displayed in this novel. A narcissist, who affirms his own self-worth by diminishing everyone else, has a deadly affect on the people around him. Why would people find it so unbelievable that someone raised in the appalling torment of hell wouldn't be a psychotic disaster? This is a book for people who struggle to break free from the dysfunctional family patterns. Emotions are raw and real. No matter how undeserving parents are, it is programmed into children that they must love their parents. Governed by all of these contradictory, conflicting feelings and emotions it magnifies the drama of real life and that's what makes exciting reading. The author dissects these lives and the reader lives them, the toxic effects of dysfunction at its best, and the emotions we're afraid to look at. There's a lot more here than this though. I didn't mean to paint such a sorrowful picture because the author also explores relationships with a delicate understanding and she has a gift for showing characters' strength without making them champions or heroes. She has an uncanny way of showing the good hidden in bad without demanding forgiveness and the bad in the good without condemnation. So much of the strength of this story is the cast of over-the-top characters, the least of which lies with the main protagonists. It depicts real life, all aspects of love, compassion, understanding, forgiveness and the balance of it. This is not in the "romance genre". I recommend it for men too. If you are a lover of idealized, fantasy love stories, you may want to look elsewhere. This is a great conversation piece and would be a perfect book for a book club. It would inspire a lot of salacious discussion. Many issues in this book keep you motivated throughout until you reach an abrupt, to the point, nowhere else to go ending. With every turn of the page I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong every time. It was a mystery until the end. The vivid descriptions made it easy to relate to the characters. I felt as if I were Steph, trapped in fear, desperate for love, yearning for appreciation and kindness. My heart was in my throat throughout this book, not knowing what to expect next, then that last page where my heart exploded! I sat in stunned silence for awhile with the book still open to the page with THE END written on it. It took time to absorb this book. I almost felt like, "Wow! Now what am I going to do?" Reading this incredible novel was an experience that I've found unequalled, so far.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

    Not just another shallow, mass market, formula "bodice-ripper"!

    I read this author's newest release, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, and found out about her other books. WOW! This is an incredible read! I adored her new book and enjoyed every minute reading it. This one is like NIGHT to the DAY of her other one! What a versatile writer! I have many half-finished novels on my shelves that failed to capture my interest; books that I will need to push myself to GET AROUND to finishing! This author's books are nothing like these! Cracked Hearts is the kind of novel that you get so caught up in the world on the pages that you can not tear yourself away. I feel awe and gratitude to the author for having the courage and ingenuity to write such an unusual, completely captivating story. I was constantly wondering how the protagonists would react to the bizarre reality of their lives and how they would extricate themselves from the awful consequences they found themselves in. There is conflict, secrecy, loyalty, competition, and danger; surprises throughout and the loose ends are tied up perfectly in the conclusion....AND HOW! I found this a rich, heart-warming story, with real human elements in abundance. Through Meg's detective work, bizarre family secrets are divulged, giving the reader little glimpses here and there so he or she can try to figure out who the killer is. GOOD LUCK! I never figured it out! I LOVED IT; LOVED IT; LOVED IT! It was an incredibly touching story, with an ever-twisting plot like nothing I have read before! WELL DONE!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    EXTRAORDINARY, EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE!

    I usually read love stories hoping for the happy endings. I heard some friends of mine discussing this book that peeked my interest. I read the book jacket, then opened it to the middle of the book and read some random pages from the chapter that was about love on a cruise. WOW! That was enough for me to buy it! This book was chock full of goodies, love, madness, suspense, mystery, intrigue¿..OH! I¿m so thankful I was privy to my friends¿ conversation! It¿s become one of my all time favorites and my usual love stories pale in comparison! Now, I search out meatier books! I found this book to be shocking, stirring and witty at times, but also it filled me with love, compassion, and forgiveness. Life has a way of playing dirty tricks on some that can leave unfair scarring forever and turn them into monsters. We need to look behind the scenes on sensitive issues. The reader is thrown many unsuspecting curves that throw him or her completely off balance. The author¿s characters are intensely realistic and their actions and reactions bring them to life. I enjoyed the roller coaster ride. Add that level of emotion to a shocking, suspenseful, fast-paced storyline and you¿ve got a wonderful emotional experience that will stick with you in a crevice in your brain forever!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    An Incredible Psychological Thriller!

    CRACKED HEARTS: is a compelling and intense novel full of fear, chills and mind-games that are truly unforgettable. There is so much dysfunction that you know there has to be trouble somewhere and is loaded with numerous thought-provoking issues. The complex moral dilemmas, the true to life, three-dimensional characters you start to think you know, set the author's writing to a level beyond what a reader expects from a "thriller". Add to that an intriguing storyline that is very tough to put down and a twisting plot that vividly brought back my own memories in my life that I had not thought about in years and you've got a bomb. This plays like true life, as unpredictable, and mysterious as that is. This novel is filled with just about everything from "A" to "Z", suspense, mystery, murder, sadness, family, forgiveness; oh yes; let's not forget love. This is truly an incredible psychological thriller.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    Chilling! Impacting! Intense!

    You are really challenged to delve into the characters' situations. You¿ll either love it or hate it! i loved it! the depth of every character and the pain that they feel jumps off the page at you. Intensely realistic! this is a love story, a thriller, and a mystery all rolled into one. This book is well-written and has a lot to say. Many passages in this book are very powerful and thought-provoking such in-depth perception into the feelings of each character. A broad spectrum of readers will enjoy this book. Chilling, grotesque, frightening, yes, but also inspiring, luminous, loving, poignant and delightfully heart warming. I¿m stunned by a book that makes you not want to miss a word and yet flows easily so you don¿t have to go back to re-read a part. There are lovable characters that add balance to the underlying theme of murder.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Who's in your life?

    This book makes you wonder if the people in your life are the ones you really want in your life. This is terrifying, suspenseful, and mind-grabbing. Wonderful and crazy characters terrific moments and excruciating moments all to add to the mystery are believable, but not predictable. This is definately a page turner. The suspense is incredible.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Quite a disappointment!

    Way too much conversation about things that had absolutely nothing to do with the story. I felt as though the author was forcing her personal opinions on us through her book. Also way too much describing clothing, home decor, etc. The book picked up once I got 3/4 of the way through it, but was still a disappointment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    Eerily captivating! Incredibly original! Great study of human relationships!

    This is an original, masterful story of family secrets, murder, madness, deep friendship, courage, and a couple of great love stories. Beware of nightmares; I will warn you straight away! There are some weird, over-the-top characters and some parts are dark and disturbing, but I couldn't put it down! This definitely will NOT bore you! This keeps your hind-end barely balancing on the edge of your seat, tantalizing you with bits and pieces of the puzzle of this strange neighborhood and a dysfunctional family. Pay attention! You don't want to miss anything! There were moments that left me gasping and others that left me teary-eyed. It literally took my breath away. I found myself holding my breath many times throughout the pages as I feverishly absorbed every exciting word until I reached that last shocking page! This book kept me up all night! WELL WORTH IT!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Woohah!

    I bought this book because the cover drew my eyes to it. Ms. Pirrung put together one heck of a storyline! I¿m usually in the habit of reading the likes of Steven Spielberg. I was shocked at the subject matter but was intrigued enough to keep turning those pages, hanging on every word, through a couple of love stories, murder, pain and emotional upheaval to get to the last, ¿Woohah!¿ page! This was a definite ending to a life-long agonizing torment! Secondary characters are vivid and as frequently ambiguous as the main protagonists. This is one of the best psychological fictions I¿ve read in a while! It¿s deeply provocative, funny at times, heart-wrenching and terribly moving. Insanity can take many guises and in this family, dysfunction takes a back seat to insanity. Weighted by overwhelming emotional burdens, it brings a parent's nightmares to the page. I sucked this book down in one sleepless night. I can't say enough about the suspense and mystery that won't allow you to sleep or eat until you reach the last page that will truly 'Blow you away'! Excellent Novel! Bravo Pirrung! I decided to order seven copies to give as Christmas gifts. I recommend!! I

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE! AMAZING!

    This novel can be a little depressing and some of the things that happen are really shocking. This captivating story is told with such great voice that it really moves you into so many different directions emotionally. Disturbing to spiritual to inspired to rapture to nostalgia to endearing¿.. i was all over the place and i came away with a, ¿WHEW! WHAT A RIDE! I LOVED IT!¿

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Friendship, Passion, and Suspense... All in one!

    This novel had many twists and turns and kept me wondering what was going to happen next throughout the whole read. Like her other novel, 'I Will Wait for You,' I could picture everything with such precision due to the detailed nature of the writing. I felt extremely connected to each character and really appreciated each of their journeys. The stories were all realistic, both the tragic and joyous moments, so each reader will really be able to relate. You will never expect the ending!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Who's touching YOUR life?

    I've read two of this author's books. This one is completely different from 'I Will Wait For You'. This one keeps your heart thumping but in a different way. The suspense is incredible and this is another eye-opener that makes you think. I sat on the edge of my seat all the way through and the mystery was just that til the end. I couldn't put this book down until I was finished. This is an incredible mix of mystery, suspense and believe it or not, love. There are great character studies here that make you aware of the personality types you DON'T want in your life. This is very interesting and meaty with it's intricate personalities intertwining and interrelating as in real life. There's a lot of drama, love triangles, romance and murder and not at all predictable. I found myself feeling sorry for some of the characters, even the killer! Ironic isn't it? Worth reading and makes you appreciate your own life.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

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    This novel explored the different mind sets between men and wome

    This novel explored the different mind sets between men and women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Don't bother.

    After reading the reviews, I couldn't wait to read this book. The writing is truly terrible, corny and cliched. The story line is predictable and boring. I read a lot of books and this is one of the worst books I have ever read. The only reason I finished is because of the reviews, I kept thinking it had to get better. It didn't.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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