Life is so much better when you are in love. When you find that special someone there is little chance of taking things slow as your whole existence falls neatly and effortlessly into place. Broken builds up for an eternity of domestic bliss so convincingly you forget there is horror at its core...but then it violently tears you down without warning.
You could get whiplash from indulging in this book as it pulls the rug from underneath you and rocks the very sturdy foundation it builds within a matter of sentences. The main characters are likeable and immediately identifiable, thanks to Denomme’s accurate depiction of new love - shy and cautious yet also rushed and impatient.
Writing a short story is no easy feat and I am currently putting all of my hats on so I can simultaneously take them off to Denomme. I was slightly apprehensive about the length but it manages to make you want more while coming to a satisfying conclusion. I picked up on a feminist angle which I would love to explore in more detail but fear I could spoil the wonderful and unexpected plot. What I will say is that the power dynamics throughout are well-written, and particularly stung me as someone who knows how heart-wrenching it can be to see someone’s personality take a nasty turn.
I do have a few quibbles with the tightness of the language. There was repetition with certain words and sentences were occasionally a bit jarring, but otherwise the quality of the writing was top notch. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this book, it was near perfect!
If you enjoy Stephen King's story collections, or simply want a bitesize horror read then this is definitely one for you. But even if you are a sucker for big heavy paperbacks I would still recommend giving Broken a try, especially if like your horror to have a shock factor. My only advice to readers is that this book deserves to be devoured in one sitting.
I'm a journalist by day and a horror enthusiast...also by day. The co-host of horror podcast Death By Pod, I absolutely love being scared silly. Oddly, I am also a keen Catherine Cookson reader and devour romance novels like crisps, alongside fantasy and true crime. Bring out your books for review!