A broken hearted mother struggles to accept her son is sentenced to five years in prison. A Catholic priest wants to break the sanctity of the confessional. A killer is on the loose…
Broken is a wonderful mix of domestic drama, mystical mystery and serial killer thriller.
I LOVED this book! It is really tricky to review this without giving the major plot twist away…
Camilla Bramley-Jones is a middle aged woman whose son Christopher is convicted of fraud. She and her husband take in their grandson. Father Joseph Steedman is a priest with a dilemma and feels that offering his resignation is the only option. These two lives collide in an unexpected and captivating way.
Alongside the personal lives of these two main characters, there is also a serial killer at large. Father Joseph has to respect the sanctity of the confessional but that means letting a killer continue on his twisted mission. This subplot provides an extra layer of interest but does not dominate the plot.
The majority of the book is written through Camilla and Joseph’s first person perspectives. However, there is a section in the middle when we see other viewpoints. I really liked the distinct personalities of Camilla and Joseph, and their thoughts and feelings.
The ending of the book did not answer all of my questions about how or why, but I was completely satisfied with how the characters lives were resolved.
Broken was brilliantly thought provoking and a cracking good read.
I have previously reviewed At Death’s Door by Anna Legat.