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The Broken [Kindle Edition]

Tamar Cohen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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)

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When close friends split, be careful whose side you're on - a stunning new novel of pyschological suspense from Tamar Cohen

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist who has written for countless publications including The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. A late starter to fiction (and to other things besides) she has now written three novels - The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else's Wedding, all published by Doubleday. Her fourth novel, The Broken, is out in 2014. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a broken book! 25 July 2014
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Dan and Sasha, Josh and Hannah are 2 sets of couples and also best friends. They have daughters that are the same age, live relatively near each other in London, and know the ins and outs of each others lives, always there when the other needs a hand. But when Dan shockingly confesses late one to Josh that he is leaving his wife, Josh and Hannah don't quite know what to do. Sasha turns up on their doorstep late one night, sobbing, and they're torn - which friend do they side with after all this time? Dan expects them to understand that Sasha is high-maintenance and he can't take it anymore, but Sasha wants their support for being abandoned when she saw nothing wrong in their marriage. Josh and Hannah struggle to choose sides, and it ends up with them in conflict too, perhaps exposing sides of their own marriage they'd rather not explore - will these best friends be able to stay best friends when all is said and done?

Goodness me, I did love this book! The subject of splitting up is one often covered in chick lit, but Tamar Cohen has put a real twist in it with this book. It examines the darker and more sinister side of a marriage break up, and how it can drive us to actions we wouldn't normally consider, but also how it affects our friendships and leaves those closer to us in a difficult position too. The book opens with the revelation of Dan leaving his wife, so we don't get to see anything of Sasha and Dan as a couple, leaving you to make your own mind up about what they are like together, and if they could make their marriage work for the sake of themselves, or for their daughter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A friend in need 22 May 2014
By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Tamar Cohen has form when it comes to placing her characters is tricky positions and watching them squirm. In her latest book, Hannah and Josh are caught in an impossible predicament – their best friends Sasha and Dan are in the middle of a messy and acrimonious divorce and the temptation to take sides and apportion blame is putting intolerable strain on their own marriage. Dan has a younger mistress (a model no less) and is embarking on a mini-midlife crisis, much to the chagrin of his poorer, less attractive friend Josh. Meanwhile Sasha is turning into the wronged wife from hell, spending Dan’s money, bitching about him and his girlfriend and generally monopolising the time and sympathy of her put-upon friend Hannah.

Although some of the situations the charactes find themselves in are extreme, it still makes painfully familiar reading for anyone who has ever been caught in the crossfire between warring friends or family members. Throughout the book there are excerpts from the diary of a young girl called Lucie (and her alter-ego, Eloise) and these become increasingly darker as the story progresses, adding to the mounting sense of menace and catastrophe. The reader is left guessing right up to the end as to the significance of these entries and the identity of the young girl. I had my suspicions but I have to say I didn’t see that particular twist coming until the very end of the book.

According to the blurb this is the first in a series of psychological suspends novels from Tamar Cohen. Broken ends on a bit of a cliffhanger (in more ways than one) so it’ll be interesting to see if the next instalment features the same characters. I’ll certainly be reading it to find out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A domestic drama 28 July 2014
By Rossi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Two couples who are best friends, have their worlds rocked when Dan meets someone else and declares that he is going to leave demanding wife Sasha. Other couple, Josh and Hannah unwittingly become heavily involved in the messy separation which follows and soon their lives become totally consumed with the Dan-Sasha break up which leaves them putting their own personal issues aside.

Tamar Cohen has an up to date style of writing which is quite appealing and the separation issues are totally believable which in an unfortunate way made it a little mundane for my liking. There is a twist in the tale, but sadly there’s a lot of domestic drudgery to get through before you get there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy and undemanding 22 May 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
After eight years of marriage Dan leaves his wife, Sasha, and 4-year old daughter, September, for a younger woman – and their best friends Hannah and Josh get caught in a situation which turns increasingly toxic.

This book seems to have a slight identity crisis: the blurb promises an emotional excavation of separation, divorce and broken friendships, but then the story itself strays, a bit half-heartedly, into domestic gothic/psychological suspense territory. The two halves sit together a little uneasily leaving the book stranded between them both.

Sasha, Dan and their brattish toddler September are all so obnoxious that their situation isn’t explored with empathy and we’re left wondering how they ever had any friends at all. The suspense part of the plot quickly turns to melodrama – with the now obligatory twist at the end.

So this doesn’t have the voyeuristic pleasure of Cohen’s first book (The Mistress’s Revenge) but works as a holiday/commute/switch-off escapist read.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 7 days ago by jennifer lewington-pytka
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN CLOSE FRIENDS SPLIT, BE CAREFUL WHOSE SIDE YOU'RE ON.
WHEN CLOSE FRIENDS SPLIT, BE CAREFUL WHOSE SIDE YOU'RE ON.

Dan and Sasha had been married for nine years with a young daughter. Read more
Published 17 days ago by ireadnovels
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
Dan and Sasha, Josh and Hannah are two happily married couples and best friends - or so they thought. Read more
Published 20 days ago by EssexReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive thriller keeps you guessing...
Brilliant book - couldn't put it down! Totally plausible - covers a subject many people have had to deal with - who's side do you take when your friends split up? Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tracey Grinter
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was a bit predictable and the characters annoying at times...
This book was a bit predictable and the characters annoying at times but it was an easy read and i think it would make a good sequel, I would defo buy broken to just to see what... Read more
Published 22 days ago by M A Ballantyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
This was a really good read from the start to the finish. I will read other books of this type from the author. Didn't want it to finish!
Published 26 days ago by Landmartin
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbing
I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller. It speeds along, effortlessly switching between viewpoints, and no-one is quite who they seem. Loved it.
Published 27 days ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this book. Got completely involved with all the characters and couldn't put this down. Look forward to her next book
Published 1 month ago by kathy atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Broken
After all the hype I thought after reading the start it was a little hard work but after the first chapter I really got into it and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Winnie
5.0 out of 5 stars WORK OF GENIUS
This is the best Cohen has written yet. Man leaves wife for younger model - and not only brilliantly disects the breakdown of a marriage but also the consequences for the coupkles... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. Swarfield
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