Alice Bennett knows what it means to suffer. After burying her abusive childhood and reinventing herself, Alice is living a life she never imagined could be hers. She’s married to a perfect Southern gentleman. She has a challenging job she loves—writing for a woman’s magazine. But when her past comes back with a vengeance, Alice finds herself on the outs with her husband, her perfect life crumbling around her feet.
Desperate to get things back to where they were, Alice travels to the mountains of North Georgia to care for her mother-in-law who was injured in a bad fall. Her motives aren’t purely altruistic; she’s hoping to get back into her husband’s good graces. When she arrives, Alice discovers that the fall was no accident. Alice must battle her own inner demons as she uncovers the not-so-perfect truth of her husband’s past. Ugly family secrets and devious attacks from an unknown assailant threaten to kill more than just Alice’s dreams.
A dark journey into the Georgia mountains where kudzu covers the landscape and a grudge can last generations. All the Broken People will leave you questioning who the good guys really are or whether they exist at all.
|Publisher:||Compathy Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
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ALL THE BROKEN PEOPLE is an intriguing read. The characters are all richly drawn, and the setting pulls you into the story. Certain elements were somewhat predictable, but the conclusion was suspenseful enough to keep me turning the pages. A well-written book by a talented author. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite All the Broken People by Amy Rivers is a suspenseful story that explores the brokenness in the characters, which are poignant and deeply human. Alice Bennett has finally let the pain of her past go, forgetting her abusive childhood and rebuilding her life around the perfect gentleman. But it is as if pain can’t leave her alone as her past catches up with her and this threatens her marriage. Alice decides to travel to north Georgia to take care of her mother-in-law, injured in a bad fall. But things aren’t what they seem, for her mother-in-law’s fall wasn’t an accident. Alice is thrust into a family with deadly secrets and a world where everyone seems to be hurting deeply. Can she survive the threats and attacks from an unknown enemy and can she reconcile with her husband’s past? You know a good writer from their ability to offer important background information that deepens character and plot without taking the reader’s attention from the present moment, and Amy Rivers is good at that. She combines streams of consciousness with succinct commentaries to add flesh to the story. Right off the bat, she offers: “Over the years, Will and Alice’s visits to his hometown had been infrequent, and each time she felt like she was entering an alien world. Having grown up in a city in the dusty Southwest, Alice was taken with the Southern landscape, the friendly people and especially the kudzu.” All the Broken People is filled with realism, a riveting story with rich characters, delightful prose, and a setting that unfolds vividly in the mind of the reader. The story is emotionally rich and psychologically engaging.
This was a very interesting book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Its unique point of view from the victims of abuse made it especially intriguing. I liked that the characters were neither predictable nor "cookie cutter." Their "brokenness" gave them more layers and made them more fascinating. People who, in other stories, would be considered pure evil or at least hopeless screwed up, we're treated as real people with real explanations for their choices in this book. One thing I wish, though, is that we could know more about the side story of Juanita Jones (I've looked and there really is very little available). I'd also like to know the significance of the dismemberments. Why take such gruesome measures? I wish I could read the article Alice Bennett wrote.