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The Broken [Kindle Edition]

Tamar Cohen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'A work of near genius' Daily Mail - chiller for fans of GIRL ON THE TRAIN and THE HUSBAND'S SECRET

Best friends tell you everything; about their kitchen renovation; about their little girl’s schooling. How one of them is leaving the other for a younger model.

Best friends don’t tell lies. They don’t take up residence on your couch for weeks. They don’t call lawyers. They don’t make you choose sides.

Best friends don’t keep secrets about their past. They don't put you in danger.

Best friends don’t always stay best friends.

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"A chillingly real psychological drama that had me in a total reading frenzy. I absolutely loved it." (Lisa Jewell)

"Darkly compelling .... a pacy story that kept me turning the pages right until the final, shocking twist. " (Paula Daly)

"A brilliant and skilfully plotted depiction of the unexpected breakdown of a friendship between two couples, with one of the most chilling twists I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down." (Louise Millar, author of THE PLAYDATE)

"A wonderfully compelling and exciting book, a storyline that had sparks flying from every page, terrific writing and a hugely exhilerating and thrilling read. I loved it!" (Louise Douglas)

"An inexorable drama in which the characters' prejudices and loyalties leave them unable to separate face value from reality. THE BROKEN explores manipulation, deceit, betrayal and abuse, and how loss can both shape and destroy us." (Elizabeth Forbes, author of NEAREST THING TO CRAZY)

"I raced to finish this story of a couple caught in the fall-out of their best friends' split. Beautifully written and peppered with moments of stunning observation, it's a superb read." (Amanda Jennings)

"Fabulous. I was drawn in from the very first page. Tamar is very skilled at creating characters that seem so real, almost as if we're their best friends too, yet beneath their exteriors, you just know there's so much more simmering away. The tension grew with every page turn, until it was almost unbearable, yet I couldn't stop reading! I literally gasped out loud, so shocked by the very unexpected ending. This brilliant book will be on my mind for a long time." (Samantha Hayes, author of UNTIL YOU'RE MINE)

"Compulsive reading ... the tension racks up and the book switches from domestic drama into full-blown, chilling thriller" (Essentials, Book of the Month)

"Everyone's talking about this ... A gripping cocktail of betrayal and revenge" (Prima Magazine)

"Dramatic, sad and tense, it's essential you get your hands on this thriller. (Five stars)" (Closer)

"A chillingly brilliant thriller" (Red Magazine)

"A sustained work of near genius that takes a very familiar theme - man leaves wife for younger model - and not only brilliantly dissects the breakdown of the marriage but also teh consequences for the couple's close circle of friends ...Cohen's first foray into psychological suspense is a triumph." (Daily Mail)

"Taut, tense and addictive" (Good Housekeeping)

Book Description

When close friends split, be careful whose side you're on - a stunning psychological thriller for fans of DEAR DAUGHTER and BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1661 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552779377
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0C46SC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tamar Cohen (who also writes as Tammy Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. A late starter to fiction she has now written five novels - The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else's Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas - all published by Doubleday/Black Swan. Her sixth novel, First One Missing, is out in July 2015. She is a Writer in Residence at Kingston University and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable, unsettling...and wonderful 1 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This has to be one of the most uncomfortable and unsettling books I've read in a long time - in a wholly positive and enjoyable way of course. To begin with , it's the story of two couples - Dan and Sasha, Josh and Hannah. Dan and Sasha are a little more comfortable financially, but it doesn't affect the friendship - they have daughters of a similar age who play together, the couples spend a lot of time together and share their secrets.

Until, that is, Dan decides that his marriage is over - and Josh and Hannah find themselves very uncomfortably in the middle - trying to support them both, stay neutral, do the right things. As the separation gets increasingly ugly, things get worse for Josh and Hannah too - their marriage hasn't been perfect for a while, each of them have their problems and secrets, and things start to break apart under the pressure.

None of the characters are particularly likeable, and you wouldn't want them as your closest friends - they all have flaws and weaknesses of one kind or another. However, they are absolutely and completely believable - you know these people, or others like them - and that's why the whole book seems so uncomfortable and close to home.

Throughout the story runs the diary of a girl - when you find out how it's linked to the story, fairly near the end, it turns the whole book upside down in a way that takes your breathe away.

This is very, very clever writing - almost unbearable tension, characters you believe in, and a mesmerising real-life story. I absolutely loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drawn out and frustrating, don't bother. 2 Jun. 2015
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I don't understand the rave reviews and recommendations? For heavens sake, for how long were this intelligent couple going to allow a bitter estranged wife to tamper with their family even if she'd been a friend, and only loosely?? On and on until I wanted to shake them both. Meanwhile the errant husband has an inexplicable character change! So many loose ends left untied and confusingly messy until the reader can guess there must be some final twist. There was, badly executed and leaving everything hanging, presumably for a follow up. All very disappointing and tiring. Took the joy out of reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 22 May 2015
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Brilliant book. This is the book of the month for the wonderful facebook group THE book club. It is billed as a whodunnit: who is the goodie, who is the baddie, and all the way through there are red herrings tossed in our direction to influence our views. It starts with the breakup of one couple with the knock on effect of influencing and disturbing friends and family who inevitably find themselves taking sides whilst trying to distance themselves at the same time. It is a sad tale of our times, the actions of dysfunctional parents influencing their children and the faults of the parents being reenacted by the children. We have to read on to find out who has come through their childhood sane and who is still suffering. With a brilliant twist at the end I did not see coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of relationships, 22 Jun. 2015
I always enjoy looking at the amazon reviews after finishing a book as it helps me crystallise my own verdict. I don't agree with the low-star reviews which claim the characters are flat and the plot predictable, but neither can I give a heartfelt five stars. My four stars are for these reasons:
The book grabbed my attention at once. The initial 'hook' is a situation which many people will have encountered, namely two couples who have been living in each others' pockets to a large extent who are presented with the problem of how to react when one couple splits up. The sensible course is to stay neutral and not take sides, but this is easier said than done.
One critical reviewer felt it unlikely that the couples would be so tied up together emotionally and not have other friends. However, I have known several pairs of couples very like these, who spend so much time together that other friendships are neglected. Others have complained that the couples are too mismatched, but I find that is part of what makes the book compelling. Josh and Hannah are less well off, less young, less good looking than Dan and Sacha, and you can sense a bit of envy under the surface friendship based on their little girls' closeness. Intriguingly, the tables are turned when the apparently more fortunate couple's marriage collapses.
The characters are sometimes called 'annoying', while other reviewers can't believe they would ever have been friends, but I found it highly convincing that a character like Sacha would be a very pleasant companion when all was well , but turn into a nightmare when placed under pressure. A sense of loyalty keeps the other couple dangling on a string. Josh's so-called feebleness is quite recent, and due to his being turned down for a promotion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a tale of relationships. These are explored thorugh the break-up of one couple, the changing relationship with their friends,the impact of a new dynamic in the form of Siena, the girlfriend, and throughout there is the theme of the impact of parental actions or non-actions on their children. All of the adults in this book are flawed and have unlikeable traits, but they are all trying in their own way to cope with life, and with others. As the characters develop through the book, I found myself changing allegiances and switching from preferring one to another, except that Lily remained my favourite. The children in this are written beautifully, and realistically and their presence really balances this story and makes this book that little bit special. As I read it I wanted to know what was going to happen and how the seemingly separate story of Lucie /Eloise that is interwoven in the book with the main plot, was going to play out. This is good writing that builds tension and has you wondering, although I twigged quite early on which was a shame.I felt the ending was well-thought out and I love a book that leaves a few open questions because that is so like real life, not to have everything wrapped up.
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Twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius writer
Just love each and every one of Tamar Cohens books. She is a genius. You can't put any of her books down until they are finished.
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I was getting bored with the run of the mill books where you can tell how it will end halfway through. Read more
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Like another reviewer, I am not sure I was reading the same book. The characters were highly unlikely, and unlikeable. I actually gave up and just read the final chapter. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A proper page-turner.
What a book. I was gripped from the very start. Well done Tamar Cohen, it's a winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Am still holding my breathe
The twists and turns in this well written novel will keep you on tenderhooks until the end. The story draws you in, it was unputdownable.
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