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Today I am reviewing the revised edition for Broken by Betsy Reavley. This was republished on the 18th of February, published by Bloodhound Books.

Book Blurb

Not everyone can be saved…

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 revised edition of a book previously published as Beneath The Watery Moon ***

Suitable for over 18’s only. This book contains graphic scenes and of acts of violence which some readers may find disturbing.

Betsy Reavley is the international bestselling author of multilple thrillers including The Optician\’s Wife, Frailty, The Quiet Ones, Murder at the Book Club and Murder in the Dark. Broken is a revised edition of her debut novel and is a dark and compelling psychological horror which will stay with you long after you finish.

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.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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