Half Broken Things Author:Morag Joss A gripping tale of psychological suspense perfect for the readership of Minette Walters and Ruth Rendell, Half Broken Things is a novel that peers into the lives of three dangerously lost people…and the ominous haven they find when they find each other. — Jean is a house sitter at the end of a dreary career. Steph is nine months preg... more »nant and on the run. And Michael is a thief. Through a mixture of deceit, good luck, and misfortune, these three damaged loners have come together at a secluded country home called Walden Manor. Now all three have found what they needed most: a new beginning, a little kindness, a little love. Living off the manor’s riches, tending its grounds and gardens, they leave the outside world far behind and build a happiness so long denied them. That is, until the first unexpected visitor arrives...igniting a chain reaction that is at once spellbinding and disastrous.
A stunning, thought-provoking crime novel of chilling moral complexity, Half Broken Things is a gripping, haunting exploration of love and our need for it, of the damage done when we go long without it, and the deeds we might be driven to in its name.
A British mystery by an award winning author. Booklist said,"An extraordinary book - dark, painful, thought-provoking and disturbing. Joss' masterful narrative delivers a provocative examination if good and evil, the nature of love, and the infinite variety of human nature." This book was amazing, and nearly impossible to put down!
I really loved this book! The story is very artfully developed as well as the characters. Morag Joss creates characters to whom the reader can relate and really care about regardless of their crimes. Great read!
This is the best book I've read all year. I was immediately drawn in, and couldn't put it down. Original and unexpected, by turns heartbreaking and hopeful, I was deeply disturbed by my growing compassion for the criminals! I got caught up in hoping for a happy joyous ending, and only managed to catch myself out and face reality at the end. A psychological thriller that makes you question your own reflections - delicious!
Did I enjoy this book? Yes, but it is not a happy read. Three very disfunctional people come together in unusual circumstances of their own design and what happens is also very much the result of their own decisions. The end is sad and inevitible. If you want a happy story, don't read this book, but if you enjoy exploring the whole range of human need and what some people may do to fill this need, then grab it and enjoy.