Heartbroken

Heartbroken

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A shattering new thriller about three women, strangers, on a heart-wrenching collision course none of them could have seen coming.

Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. She's in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run.  Without knowing each other, and with lives that couldn't be more different, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map: Heart Island, an idyllic place in the middle of a lake in the Adirondacks, owned for generations by Birdie Burke's family. The harsh and unyielding Birdie is at one with this island, which has a terrifying history all its own. She, too, has consequences to face.
     Heartbroken is a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle.  Wonderfully suspenseful, exquisitely crafted, and written with raw, emotional power, this is Lisa Unger at her very best.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307465207
0307465209
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 25 cm.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jul 30, 2016

I never know what to expect from a Lisa Unger novel, as she weaves a unique brand of story every time she writes a novel. I am constantly surprised and delighted at where she takes me in the realm of mystery novels. Some good authors use the same formula over and over again, ad nauseum, but Lisa doesn't disappoint! This is an awesome read!

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kkelly00
Oct 19, 2014

A story of three generations of women at a remote beach house, with conflicting personalities. They rally with courage in response to threatening visitors.

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lpreston214
Dec 09, 2012

Enjoyable suspense novel. I like how Unger gets us into the characters heads. Though there is plenty of action, there?s no rush to get to it. This increases the suspense. My only complaint would be that after everything?s over her books seem to go on a little longer than needed.

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Eil_1
Sep 23, 2012

Found this book to be quite boring - a Harlequin-type book (chick read). Don't think any males would be interested. A disappointment overall.

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Elizabeth49
Aug 26, 2012

I didn't see this as a mystery as most of the author's previous works - "Heartbroken" ismore of a story about a scarred and contention-weary family with more unhappiness than a family should have. I loved the characters, particularly Birdy, who is bitter and rigid in her thinking (we've all known some Birdys in our lives). Kate is amazing, real and down to earth. All in all, a great read.

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kchenguw
Aug 18, 2012

I really liked the early Lisa Unger books (like Beautiful Lies), but she seems to be moving away from mystery/suspense toward themes about family/women/motherhood. I thought this book was interesting/okay, but not as absorbing/intense/surprising as those early novels.

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bridge1
Jul 30, 2012

Dysfunctional families, ghosts, dark memories - who needs 'em.

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dcafk
Jun 30, 2012

Chick lit at its worst.

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