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Every Vow You Break [Kindle Edition]

Julia Crouch
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Wayland family - Lara and Marcus and their three children - leave England to spend a long, hot summer in Trout Island, Upstate New York. Lara, still reeling from an abortion that Marcus insisted on, hopes the summer away from home will give her time to learn to love her husband again. A chance meeting at a party reacquaints the family with Marcus's old actor friend, Stephen, with whom Lara once had an affair. Lara feels herself drawn towards Stephen and they pick up their secret relationship where they left off. Lara knows she's playing a dangerous game; what she doesn't know is that it's also a deadly one.

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'Hot on Sophie Hannah's heels' (Mirror)

'A twisting beast of a plot with a building sense of menace and a shocking climax... an entertaining rollercoaster of a read' (Stylist)

'Crouch excels at creating an atmosphere of low-level menace and a shocking climax... an entertaining rollercoaster of a read' (Guardian)

'Dangerously addictive' (Erin Kelly, author of THE POISON TREE)

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An utterly gripping psychological drama for reading groups, in the vein of Sophie Hannah.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2170 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C5AUVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Crouch grew up in Cambridge and studied Drama at Bristol University. She spent ten years working as a theatre director and playwright, then, after a spell of teaching, she somehow became a successful graphic and website designer, a career she followed for another decade while raising her three children. An MA in sequential illustration reawoke her love of narrative and a couple of Open University creative writing courses brought it to the fore.

Cuckoo, her first novel, emerged as a very rough draft during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2008. A year's editing got it ready for submission to an agent and within a couple of months she had a book deal with Headline and had given up the day job.

Every Vow You Break, her second novel, was published in March 2012, and Tarnished, her third, came out in 2013. She is also published in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil and China.

She works in a shed at the bottom of the Brighton house she shares with her husband, the actor and playwright Tim Crouch, their three children, two cats called Keith and Sandra, and about twelve guitars. She is a self-confessed geek and fights a daily battle to resist tinkering with the code on her website, which can be found at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but with a rushed ending 31 Oct. 2013
I enjoyed reading this book, and after putting it down was always ready to pick it up again. The pace was rather slow, I thought; halfway through and nothing much had happened.

I didn't particularly warm to Lara as she seemed a bit wet at times, and it irritated me that she seemed to think her daughter Bella should share the child care for her youngest child Jack, although she had very little else to do herself. And unless I missed something, they seemed to have been in the house for several hours before they discovered there was no hot water - did nobody want a wash? Yuck. Lara also unbelievably left her teenage children to pack for a six week holiday themselves, and then seemed surprised when they didn't have enough suitable clothes!!

They were without doubt a dysfunctional family and one of the most interesting facets of the story was the relationship between her two elder children, twins Bella and Olly; Lara seemed totally oblivious although there were numerous clues scattered around. What happened there, not only between the two of them but also with Bella's new American boyfriend, was a real hot potato that sadly was just left to cool off. Pity, as there was real mileage to be had from psycho Olly.

Instead the story concentrated on a rather predictable plotline - I'd worked out who was the baddie long before Lara had. Having said that though, it was still a good read and certainly picked up pace quickly at the end. The ending was a bit unlikely and we didn't get told how they dealt with the messy aftermath; which I thought was a bit of a cop-out.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great second offering... 4 April 2012
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Every Vow You Break is Julia's second book, , which I was keen to read after loving Cuckoo. It tells the story of the Wayland family, who are spending their summer in upstate New York. Marcus has been offered the lead in a new play, and Lara is hoping the time away from home will be good for them all.

The family have their problems.. Lara is recovering from an abortion, with a marriage under stress, and the two older children have secrets of their own. There is a gradual build up at the beginning of the book, as Julia unravels the thoughts and feelings of the troubled family. Alongside this, however, are small mysteries.. things which don't seem that important at the time, but start to warm the reader that something else is wrong.

As the story evolves, the family are reacquainted with an old friend of Marcus - who also shares a history with Lara. As she starts to feel attracted to him, she spends more time with him, unaware of the building danger.

Within Every Vow You Break is the subtle, building tension and danger that was present in Cuckoo, but towards the end it has a more traditional thriller ending. Readers of Cuckoo should love Julia's new step, as should new readers. A highly recommended second book, and I look forward to number three!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Miss
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every Vow You Break is a hybrid of contemporary romance, family drama and psychological thriller. It's not your typical thriller and if your looking for a fast paced whodunit then this probably isn't the book for you.
I felt that the authors descriptions of the vile house and the dirty climate of Trout Island, NY state were really well executed, I could actually sense the grime and the mustiness of the place and I longed for the characters to give their environment a good scrubbing.
But overall I found the characters, especially the protagonist Lara, so frustrating! Lara repeatedly 'sees' and experiences things that are strange and unsettling yet she continues to dismiss them as her eyes playing tricks on her, or her hormones or her excessive wine consumption etc etc. I found this very annoying; basically it was a weak plot device that was used to ensure that the 'strange' incidents weren't revealed until the end.
As the book is written mostly from the pov of Lara we are left guessing as to what is going on but only beause she seems completely dense and unrealistically dismissive of the unsettling incidents; thus her character lacked any authenticity and I didn't really care about what happened to her.
Having said that the descriptions were very good and the sick relationship between the twins was weirdly fascinating, and is probably the reason I saw the book through to the end.
With a bit more effort and some increased character development this book could have been great but as it stands its just average-to-good at best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EVERY VOW YOU BREAK. 29 Nov. 2014
One of those novels that just when you think you have it sussed off it goes in another direction. Not always a bad thing, indeed it can be great fun when you didn't see some plot development or other coming, but in this instance rather than wondering in which way the story would take me I was simply left pondering how much more ludicrous and far-fetched it could get ... not to mention just how much more linguistically advanced the four year old Jack could possibly become.

A difficult book to review without giving anything away but lets just say for those readers looking for a reason to complain about/ban a book for its contents Every Vow You Break offers ample opportunities -abortion, adultery, rape, teenage sex, incest (although this is only hinted at), drug use, and expletives aplenty, its all there (and more) in a novel that ends abruptly as each of the stereotypical characters, their part in the tale tied up, is seemingly ticked off the authors metaphorical check list.

It isn't often that I mourn time lost reading a book but I'm afraid with this particular novel I did.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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Published 7 months ago by Mrs J>Ockenden
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
fabulous. the next sophie Hannah.
buy it read it and keep to re read.
Published 9 months ago by J. Weeks
2.0 out of 5 stars Take the charity stickers off!
I paid £2.80 for a book and when it arrived it had a 50p charity sticker on it. I understand and accept that a lot of people use amazon purely to make money, but I think there's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Once again Crouch has managed to combine a great story with a sinister tone. She really builds up suspense and draws it out for as long as possible keeping you intrigued. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steph
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, keeps you wanting to read more! Couldn't put it down, great twist and story line. Would definitely recommend.
Published 15 months ago by Lauren Hegarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I liked this, although not as much as Tarnished which I loved. It was rather slow to get going as not much seems to happen at first. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Crouch - wonderful
What a find - great to discover this author
This book will keep you up until the early hours
Highly recommended
Look forward to a new book
Published 17 months ago by Debbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Not on e that I would recommend
The story line was rather long winded and did not have the expected twist at the end .The novel having been compared to the style of Sophie Hannah.I n all dissappointing.
Published 18 months ago by pamatkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Stretching the bounds of probability ...
I know this book is a thriller but really !!!

I continued to the end because I had to know what happened but it was not a book I enjoyed, a good thriller works for me... Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. B. Taylor
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