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The Broken
     

The Broken

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by Shelley Coriell
 

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He took her life, but left her alive.

Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim-and only survivor-of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.

In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes

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He took her life, but left her alive.

Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim-and only survivor-of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.

In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.

Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it's her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/10/2014
Coriell’s Apostles series launch is a true roller-coaster ride of romantic suspense. Journalist Katrina Erickson was stabbed and almost slain by a serial killer called the Broadcast Butcher. Three years later, now called Kate Johnson, she’s living as an aide to Smokey Joe, a blind Vietnam veteran. Kate is alarmed when FBI agent Hayden Reed finds her and asks for her help tracking down the Butcher. Kate is certain that her brother, Jason, is the culprit, and as she works with Hayden, he’s Kate’s beauty and tenacity distract him from focusing on the case. Soon Hayden is most determined to keep Kate safe at all costs as their journey takes them closer to a killer. The gradual attraction between Hayden and Kate is believable and intense, as their flaws make them all too human. And the suspense is top-notch, with so many twists and turns that even the most astute reader will be riveted to the stunning conclusion. (May)
From the Publisher
"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455528493
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
Apostles Series , #1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
743,829
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet 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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The Broken 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this! It had a great story, and it flowed smoothly. I never felt bored, and my interest was kept through the whole book. I enjoyed the suspense of the book, and the book felt really complete to me. I liked both of the main characters, and I thought they both had great strength; I did feel a little weird with some of Hayden's past. I think Hayden and Kate has excellent chemistry, and it definitely helped in my enjoyment of the story. The serial killer story line was interesting, and I liked the mystery; it kept the story intriguing. I will definitely look into more books by Shelley Coriell!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery with some romance. I liked the second one in the series (The Buried) even better.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. If you like a mystery, murders, on the run, hiding, betrayal, and finding the love of your life, then this books for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For 3 years, former reporter Kate has been on the run. Stabbed 24 times and left for dead by her attacker, she did everything right, identified her attacker...and the authorities failed her at every turn. A product of a broken, twisted childhood, Kate knew that sometimes the only way to save yourself is to run. So she hit the road, getting a job as a home health aide to a blind Vietnam vet when her savings ran low. But news of a "butcher" whose M.O. is to kill his victims -all beautiful broadcast reporters - in a fashion eerily similar to her attack signals it's time to hit the road again. FBI agent Hayden Reed has been chasing the "butcher" through 6 killings and the only chance his team has of getting the killer is finding the one that got away. If you enjoy Karen Rose's blend of tense suspense mixed with romance, you'll love this first entry in The Apostles series about a special team of FBI agents who work outside the box. Kate is tough and smart, Hayden is focused on his hunt to the point of obsession...and Smokey Joe, the cantankerous blind veteran is my new hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Broken by Shelley Coriell is an amazing read! Full of action and adventure, it draws the reader in right from the start. The characters are likeable and very real to life. Hayden is a wonderfully complex hero, and I liked that though a strong, independent women who rose from a horrible childhood, Kate had a vulnerability to her. Smokey Joe was a great, though gruff, very endearing secondary character. The plot is expertly woven and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I literally couldn't put it down. Ms. Coriell is a new favorite author, and I'm on to read the next in series, The Buried. All in all, The Broken is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend this page turner. It's a must read!
NCReaderGirl More than 1 year ago
When one picks up a murder mystery they expect to find a detective trying to find someone who is committing heinously gruesome acts upon other members of society – leaving every one they come across dead in their wake – this time that is not the case – this time the murderer left one victim still alive, Kate Johnson. This time, that last victim will play party to getting them caught and behind bars. I honestly am speechless with this one, normally I have a lot to stay regarding a book I’ve been given to read and review and this time I was just plum disturbed…I was reading this book during a trying time in society when a reporter and a cameraman were killed right on camera – ironic that the main focus of the killer in this novel is television reporters…irony placed at a bad time. I found when the author went into his mind and his world I was itching to turn around and run – the ability to write at that level of disturbance is just fascinating, makes the reader wonder how in the world they come up with the material..this time I honestly don’t want to know. I found the pace of the book to be a bit slow, Kate’s mental breakdowns, running and trying to catch and or get away from her killer was just stereotypical – found it boring. I think for The Broken, I might have to go for 3 our of 5 stars. Definitely not something I am going to recommend. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and interesting to the end. Never petered out and kept you wondering who thr "Butcher" was.
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Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Broken by new to me author Shelley Coriell. This book is the first installment of a series centering on a crack shot team of FBI agents tasked with hunting down the big bad evil in the world. This first book introduces us to Kate Johnson and Hayden Reed. Kate was the first victim and only survivor of a vicious serial killer and has been in hiding, intent on keeping her trail untraceable, knowing the killer is still out there and anxious to finish the job. Hayden is an FBI profiler looking for the serial killer with personal demons of his own, committed to catching the killer and keeping Kate safe. I really liked that Hayden wasn’t the typical knight in shining armor hero. He’s deeply flawed with painful scars and carrying immense personal baggage and that makes him perfect for Kate. They are kindred spirits and I enjoyed watching them connect and learn to let their guard down and trust one another. Kate’s entire life has been a complete nightmare. Raised by a mentally ill mother and abandoned by her father, Kate worked hard to make her life successful until the night she nearly died. Since then she has been on the run staying with a cantankerous Vietnam vet as his caretaker and making jewelry. She is on high alert always and ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. When the killer strikes again, she realizes she is going to have to come out of hiding and work with the FBI before another victim is claimed. This book takes the reader into Kate’s past and we discover the Broadcast Butcher wasn’t the only dark moment in Kate’s life. I was hoping to find out more about her father and what happened with him and why he never came back and my heart went out to the child Kate was and what she endured. I was angry at her grandparents for never being there and wished Kate told them how their absence in her life affected her. Their assistance to the FBI seemed a little too late for me. Perhaps there will be more closure here as the series progresses. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Smokey Joe. He was an amazing character and the perfect surrogate father that Kate needed in her life. My only problem with this story is that there was such a huge build-up to the end which fell flat for me. I had high anticipation to learn who the killer was but the big reveal was a big letdown. I felt it was it was a random afterthought and the reasons behind why he targeted Kate in the first place felt hollow to me. Overall, this was a good story with interesting and well-written characters that will appeal to fans of mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense. I am curious about the other agents introduced in this book so I will be looking for the rest of the series to find out their story. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Broken from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
AlisBooksAF More than 1 year ago
So, it’s been a while since I’ve read a good crime thriller. This had all the things that I think make one great. The plot was full of things to keep you guessing. It wasn’t predictable and the characters were well-developed. Plus, there’s a good romance built in, which makes almost any story better if you ask me. The story revolves around Kate. I admired her strength through all she had endured. I really appreciated that she wasn’t another weak personality. I also enjoyed her friend Smokey Joe immensely. He may be old and blind, but boy was he a fighter!! Then there’s Agent Hayden Reed – Mr. Clean Cut. Yummy! I loved that he had the whole put together tough guy thing going and then the hard to get to soft guy. But, most of all I loved his protective nature. The sexual tension between Kate and Hayden was often palpable, and I was definitely pulling for them the whole way through. I will have to admit that there were a few times that their actions seemed a little rushed towards each other. I know when you’re involved in some high intensity stuff, it’ll often lead to a rushed relationship, but it still felt just a little weird a few times for me. This wasn’t the overall feel of their relationship, though. Throughout the majority of the book I found myself laughing with them and cheering them on! Let me not forget the bad guy. In truth, I have to say bad guys. I’m not giving anything away here, so don’t make ANY assumptions on what I just said or you’ll be confusing yourself! So, needless to say, the bad guys were just SICK. You’ll encounter some rather gruesome and downright disgusting things in this story. I would NOT recommend it for the faint of heart. I know for me one of the hardest things to read about in a book is rape, especially of a child. I’ll say here that this is talked about but not described, in case this is an issue for you. Nonetheless, expect to encounter some violent scenes, and of course there’s strong language, too. As far as the plot goes, I only found it to drag a little bit about 20% in for a short bit. I know the foundation of the story was still being laid, and it wasn’t a big drag. This really says a lot for me. I often find crime thrillers to drag a LOT, but that wasn’t the case here. This book keeps you on your toes. Overall, this is a story of hope. I liked that it had a strong underlying theme. I really enjoyed it and I definitely look forward to reading more of Shelley Coriell’s books!! I recommend this to all of you crime thriller lovers out there, especially if you’re one that likes a good romance mixed in. Just remember – not for the faint of heart! An easy 4 stars! *I received a copy via NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
increased unoleasant scenes have dropped former authors once readable become with just one filler after another borrow if you must buska
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I receive this book from NetGalley to give an honest review.  The story started off awesome, and strong and kept up with it the whole way.  There is murder, suspense, romance but nothing too sappy. My favorite character was Smokey he was just one of those old men that you could grow to love! He was just witty, full of life, laughter and love and so willing to take care of Kate even though he needed to be looked after. And she kept pushing him away for good reason as we find out later on.  Now Kate she is a semi strong character in this book, she is running away from a horrible past that no one should ever have but yet Kate did. She let it change her for the good and not the worst.  But her past has come back to haunt her in more ways than one. She sees her past on her every day and it is something that she tries to deal with. She is fighting her own personal demons. Now FBI agent Hayden is a workaholic who just lost his wife, now he has engrossed himself into finding the killer called The Butcher before he ups his or her body count even more.  The relationship between Kate and Hayden is one of those that you just keep going oh come on admit feelings and do what you do! But I am glad that they eased into it, instead of just rushing it. Because if it was a wham-bam-thank you ma'am I don't think their true feelings about one another would have surfaced as much.  But who exactly is the Butcher and why is Kate in the middle of it all? The only true problem I had in the book is the fact when the Butcher was named I honestly felt as though he was not a character you would remember. Yes he plays a big part but I felt as though there wasn't enough information about him truly. That is why I gave this book a 4 1/2 rating instead of a solid 5 like I wanted to. Especially considering it had all the elements of a damn good book that I do have a favorite author of suspense that I will be keeping my eye on.  With the suspense within the story you are just hooked and constantly asking oh was  it this person or that person. Great twists and turns within the story