Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of BROKEN, the latest chilling novel by the wonderful Betsy Reavley!
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Emma Welton, Heather @ Bloodhound Books and of course the awesome Betsy Reavley who gifted me an early copy of BROKEN. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
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)
So, want to know what I thought?
“Suitable for over 18’s only.
It contains graphic scenes some readers may find disturbing.”
This is probably the best way to peak my interest in a book! I like being pushed to the boundary of the content I’m reading and I’ve only read a couple of books where it’s actually made me think “shit…that was….”. The first one being AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis and then HEART SWARM by Allan Watson. Based on the blurb alone I was ready to dive in.
Now, like most reviewers, I found myself reading the book and thinking I had an idea of where the story was going, but then wondering where and when the graphic content would come in. I keep going and then BAM!! Like a frying pan to the face, it got me…and it got me good!!
My next expressions and emotions can only best be described through a sequence of gifs….
That pretty much sums it up!! With all the gifs aside, I LOVED this book! Not sure what that says about me?! What I loved the most was how Betsy led us up the garden path towards the house, but then blew that house and garden up and left us there wondering “WTF?” what do we do now?! This is most certainly a credit to Betsy and her writing. I was left wondering what I’d just read….but wanting more!
100% agree that if you are turned off by graphic scenes of torture, then you may want to stay clear of this book. However, if you’re looking to push your reading boundaries…. bob this on your shelf 😉
Meet Betsy Reavley;
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Murder in the Dark, Frailty, Carrion, Broken and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.
Betsy’s Social Media Links:
Twitter https://twitter.com/BetsyReavley @BetsyReavley
You can buy BROKEN from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);
Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)
Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!