Broken: the most disturbing book you will read this year

Broken: the most disturbing book you will read this year

by Betsy Reavley


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Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude, the course of her life changes and soon she finds peace in a world away from the misery she has known.

But when Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and her idyllic world is threatened, Annabel’s happy existence starts to become a nightmare.

Can Annabel escape her painful past or is her fate sealed? And why is she haunted by horrific visions when she seems on the verge of finding happiness?

This astonishing novel will take you on a shattering journey through Annabel’s fight for survival and will ask if the greatest threat we pose is to ourselves.

***This is a heavily revised edition of a book previously published as Beneath The Watery Moon. It contains graphic scenes of vioelnce which some readers may find disturbing.***

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912986101
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 1,014,117
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Broken: the most disturbing book you will read this year 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
M-Harrison1 More than 1 year ago
Thank-You Betsy for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is the story of Annabel and her struggle with mental illness and her fight for survival. A gripping read that had me hooked right from the first page until the last! After being released from a psychiatric rehabilitation centre, Annabel decides to get away with a trip to the coast of Suffolk to try and start to put her life back together. Upon arriving, she discovers that the seaside town is caught up in a nightmare of murders that have taken place and that the killer is still on the loose. She also meets Jude who she quickly forms a connection with and a happiness within herself that she so desperately craves until Jude comes under suspicion from the police as being involved in the murders. What seems like a love story soon turns into a horrific nightmare for Annabel and this is where Betsy takes the reader through a rollercoster of emotions and makes the reader question what is real and what is fantasy right till the end. At times this can be quite hard to read due to the graphic descriptions of torture and I admit some tears were shed and sometimes I didn’t want to continue with it but Betsy handles this difficult subject of mental illness respectfully and as weird as it sounds I felt I owed it to Annabel to be with her on her journey until the end of the book. For me that is what makes a book great. To be completely immersed with a character doesn’t happen very often for me but I could completely relate to the character of Annabel having been close to a person who suffered with mental illness and the struggles they went through. I also found the use of poetry that was used throughout a nice touch. I did need a few days to process this when I finished it before I could write this review. While the subject matter is emotionally challenging it is beautifully written and cements my view even more what a talented writer Betsy is. This book will always stay with me and I look forward to more of Betsy’s books in the future. I highly recommend this book.
DLeosewski 6 months ago
Not for the faint of heart, Broken takes you on a horrific journey. Annabel is trying to start her life again after recently being hospitalized due to a bipolar episode. Feeling suffocated by her Mother, Annabel takes a solo trip to the shores of Suffolk. She meets the mysterious Jude. Almost immediately, the roller coaster begins. I could barely tear myself away from it. The book almost feels manic, as Annabel's life take these fantastical turns. Finally, you are left with the terrifying question of just how much can you take before you are broken?
booklover- 11 months ago
Annabel has recently been released from a mental institution. Back living with her mother and brother is not an ideal situation. Taking a trip to a small coastal town, she hears news of murders that have taken place recently and the killer has not been caught. Annabel meets Jude, the leader of a cult and she finds that this gives her the peace she so fervently desires. She hadn't counted on falling in love, but she has and for the first time she can remember, she's happy. Until ..... Jude is suspected of the murders. And then the hallucinations begin ... of violence, torture, sexual assault. Are these really only in her mind or has she become the latest victim of a monstrous killer? WARNING .. . The narrative is disturbing, graphic, and could be a trigger for sensitive readers. This was an attempt to travel through the mind of someone with a mental illness ...exposing the darkness and pain. The story plot didn't live up to what I had expected and I found myself wanting to skip pages to get to the end. Many thanks to the author / Bloodhound Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological drama. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One minute I’m reading about a budding romance and the next I’m thrown into some hellish nightmare. Trying myself to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fantasy. This is unlike any horror story I’ve ever read. Quickly you’ve forgotten this story is supposed to be something else until you’re slapped in the face with a chapter about rape and unfathomable brutality. The hell contained in these few chapters quickly erases the previous love soaked ones you recently finished.
Philomath_in_Phila More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. The blurb on the cover of Broken by Betsy Reavley says "the most disturbing book you will read this year". I tend to be sceptical when a book has a claim that it is the best book ever or something similar printed on its cover. However, "the most disturbing book you will read this year" is probably an understatement. It is probably the most disturbing book I have read this decade. In chapter 19, one of the characters says, "I felt like the driver who stops to look at a fatal accident on the motorway". That is a great description on how I felt reading this book. It was like an accident that I just could not look away from. The author grabs your attention and makes you feel the story. You can hear what Annabel hears. You can feel what Annabel feels. It is a well written story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is NOT for the weak of heart and is recommended for people over the age of 18. It contains graphic scenes and intense acts of violence. Do not take this warning lightly. The only word I keep repeating is ""wow". Review published on on 2/19/19.