She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

by J.D. Barker


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A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only NY Times Bestselling author, J.D. Barker could muster.

After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child-this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She'd creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after.

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn't the first, and he knew it wouldn't be the last. It was no different from the others. He'd find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject "D" waits, grows, learns. He's permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.

All of them linked in ways unimaginable.

SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE conjures thoughts of early King and Koontz. A heart-pounding ride that creeps under your skin and will have you turning pages long into the night.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly


Barker (the 4MK series) unravels the consequences of a sinister experiment in this complex, suspenseful door-stopper. On Aug. 8, 1984, eight-year-old Jack Thatch visits his parents’ graves with his aunt. There he meets enigmatic Stella Nettleton, also eight, who is supervised by adults in lab coats. Their brief encounter haunts Jack’s thoughts until the following August 8, when he sees her at the cemetery once more. And again every August 8 thereafter. As the two grow close on their annual meetings, Jack learns that Stella has a deadly power: she inadvertently drains the life force from anything she touches. Despite this, his longing for her deepens. Barker takes the reader through Jack’s life from age eight to 34 as he and Stella try to find a way to be together while being hounded by both scientists and the police. At times the momentum slows to allow for the intricate backstory to be carefully unwound, but the stakes are consistently high and the quiet emotional moments allow for readers to invest deeply in Jack and Stella’s troubled love. Barker’s twisty, romantic tale is sure to please. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary. (Apr.)

From the Publisher

“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.”


“Masterful storytelling.”

— Bookish

“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

“Barker’s mastery of character and dialogue is noteworthy.”

— Booklist

“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.”

— BookBub

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734210415
Publisher: Hampton Creek Press
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Pages: 774
Sales rank: 175,403
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.88(d)

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