Betsy Reavley: Broken

 

Today I am pleased to be part of the blog tour for Broken. My review is written with thanks to Emma and Heather from Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.

Blurb:

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.

Suitable for over 18’s only. It contains graphic scenes some readers may find disturbing.

(previously published under the title Beneath the Watery Moon)

Review:

I finisheBroken several hours ago, and I am still trying to process what I have read. The book is incredibly powerful and I was blown away by the images that made their way into my mind. Reavley’s descriptions are really vivid, which meant that I was able to picture the beaches of Thailand as well as the rainy days in Suffolk and Annabel’s horrifying visions, and gain some insight into Annabel’s life. Annabel also writes some beautiful poetry which is an interesting and thought provoking addition to the book.
When Emma invited me on this blog tour, the invitation came with a warning that it was strictly for those over 18 and was very grisly. This has never happened before. I am used to blood, guts and gore, but it is never so severe that it comes with a warning. At first, I wondered if the warning was necessary, but as I read more, it became clear that Annabel was suffering at the hands of a very sick and twisted monster. Even I was horrified by some of her experiences, so if you are faint hearted, this one is probably not for you.
Broken is told in first person by Annabel. Annabel is very open about her mental illness and the way it affects her, so at times I wondered if her story was reliable. Nevertheless, it is an insightful view of what life is like for those with severe mental illnesses and I respect Reavley immensely for raising awareness of the issue and depicting it so poetically. I enjoyed getting to know Annabel and following her journey.
There are many parts of Broken that are open to interpretation, and different readers will infer different meanings from it.  Whatever you take from it, it is very raw and hard hitting, which makes reading it a very worthwhile experience.
Broken ​is available from Amazon.
You can follow the rest of the tour here:

 

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