An unsettling psychological thriller that unearths shocking secrets and explores broken relationships. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Mark Edwards, and Paula Hawkins.
A shadow follows Sophie.
Her instinct tells her that it's someone she knows. But who? The man she met internet dating? The nurse caring for her ill mother? Or is her mother faking her illness?
The only thing she knows is that she can't trust anyone.
Sophie must delve into a dark history to reveal her stalker. But there are some stories that should never be told...
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Have you ever felt a strong connection to an emotion or a feeling, but couldn’t quite put your finger on what it was? While asleep, have you experienced dreams that feel so real, you can’t tell if the dream actually happened, or if it was simply just a dream? All of those things are what Sophie felt, but couldn’t quite figure out why she felt these strong emotions. Her shadow knew all the answers. You know, that imaginary friend you makeup in your mind to mask over your loneliness? Or maybe not?
All Sophie’s life, she felt like she wasn’t herself. From the clothes she wore, to the way she carried herself, there was something wrong with her and there was only one person who could give her the answers she was seeking—her mother. Mum certainly wouldn’t get the mother-of-the-year award, but she did the best she could with what she had. And what was it Sophie’s mum had, you ask? A broken soul of the worse kind. She mistreated Sophie and berated her just because she existed. What’s funny is how strange life can be sometimes? The very daughter that Mum terrorized and physically and mentally abused, is the same daughter that came to her aid when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Hmmph, I would have left on the first thing smoking, but not Sophie. She had something to prove.
Speaking of proving something, Sophie was more determined than ever to find out what was missing in her life. A man perhaps? Mum took care of ending that relationship for her. A career perhaps? Mum also took care of that too. For as broken as Sophie felt, her mother was in a worse state of affairs than she. The caretaking of her mother became so overwhelming, she had to hire a nurse to oversee her care while she worked. Her mother set out to destroy that as well. Whatever Mum set out to do, she systematically set out to destroy Sophie, and poor Sophie could never figure out why? That is, until Sophie began snooping around her Mum’s room and discovered some old photos and unsent letters written to her grandmother that began to give her some clues as to the mysterious life Sophie was living.
If you ever wondered how to write a psychological thriller, Denzil certainly wrote the instructions for it in this novel, The Broken Ones. What an interesting story and one so intriguing, you will not stop turning the pages until you figure it out. In fact, I had about six different scenarios playing around in my mind while I read, and I’m happy to say I figured some of it out, but Denzil was really good in keeping you guessing and throwing you off. I absolutely love when an author does that.
What an exciting read! I’ve never read this author before, and now I’m curious about other books she’s written. If you’re looking for a read to take you to the next level, look no further! This one will do it for you!