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Someone was in her house. Someone who knows her.
"You will know me." The hoarse whisper comes from a room in the house during the dead of the night. A stranger's voice recorded by equipment Sophie set up, because Sophie is paranoid that someone is out to get her.
With few people in her life, Sophie spends all of her time either teaching at a primary school or caring for her ailing mother. Suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, Sophie's mother is a difficult patient, leaving her little time to herself.
But on the day Sophie finally decides to put herself first and go on a first date, strange things begin to happen. She finds a discarded button in the garden. A hand print on the outside of the window. Her confused mother blames new bruises on a 'shadow'. Who is following her and why?
And then the voice...
After years of emotional abuse, Sophie begins to wonder if her cruel mother is faking her illness and playing tricks on her.
But what kind of mother would do that to her daughter? And what about the man she met online?
To uncover her stalker, Sophie must look into her past, but she might not like what she finds.
An unsettling psychological thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of SILENT CHILD.
What readers think of THE BROKEN ONES:
"Wow, what a page turner! Filled with mystery and suspense, this psychological thriller is mind-bending."
"Sarah A. Denzil really does know how to create a page turner!"
"A truly great read that kept me absorbed and guessing right to the end."
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- Publisher : Sarah Dalton (November 11, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 242 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1838280715
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838280710
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,764,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Sophie is a broken thirty-five year old stuck by her mother’s side living in the same house, without finding a husband or having children of her own, and she works at a primary school, teaching children. Her mother has early onset Alzheimer’s disease which causes behavioral problems with others. Sophie suffered years of emotional abuse by her mother, but it’s gotten worse with the disease. Sophie stayed with Maureen all her life, putting her own life on hold for someone who has had little love for her. Sophie’s character was the shadowed victim who followed orders and put her mother’s needs before her own.
Maureen’s character was a clever distraction in the story. It’s brilliantly written. Sarah used many examples to drive the point home how cruel Maureen was.
This psychological thriller has me keenly aware of all the clues. After reading Silent Child I noticed a pattern, therefore I redirected my attention in other areas and began to search for hidden clues.
The truth is hidden we’re most secrets are hidden in the past. Trust is a huge component in this story and it helps establish the chilling sensation these characters get from Maureen’s odd behavior. It certainly gives the reader pause while questioning the behaviors of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s easy to dismiss the actions of Maureen by passing it off as Alzheimer’s behavior, yet Sophie’s persistence to unfold the truth helps manufacture the curiosity.
The minor characters played an intricate part in the story to help build and establish Sophie’s frame of mind during this stressful stage in her life. Sophie’s paranoid state of mind brings excitement to the story. Her constant need to address the unusual behaviors is thrilling. There are some chilling moments as well. There were unexpected twists and turns that had my mouth hanging open in shock.
The execution of past events connecting the current events was fantastic.
Control was a powerful element in this story with characters directing the other characters behaviors by influencing their choices from the circumstances of events presented to them.
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Her mother is an unpleasant old bitch who has Alzheimer's although it seems she's always been a nasty piece of work. Sophie is a teacher so you'd credit her with some intelligence but she's in her 30s and still takes all this attitude from her. She needs to sprout a backbone.
However, all we hear about is how she HAS to think about her mum all day long, which is cobblers as while she's working her mum has a careworker with her all day. Then she finds a button in her garden and it HAS to mean someone's been intruding there, which, if I were in her position, would be the last thing that sprung to my mind. She leaves work early one day and tells her pal she'll square it with their boss on her way home but then heads into the school to see.......her boss !! I made a note at one point when Sophie tells us how exhausted she is that I'm exhausted too by how often she appears to be. Then we're to believe she's suddenly having to know about how her mother afforded a nice house.......thirty years, mind, after they relocated !! She says her mum is nothing like she used to be but every time she goes back in time her mum is being a perfect cow so that makes no sense whatsoever, either. I reached page 102 and read "Numb, and tired of all this" and realised I was as well.
She got the apostrophe wrong in teacher's lounge followed by teacher's convention but that was it for errors which was good going and to be commended but the story just doesn't ring at all true for me.
When it comes to Sophie I had every bit of empathy. Juggling work and her mother is stressful enough as it is. Throw into the mix some strange going on’s that cause Sophie to start becoming unhinged.
There were little niggles that were eating away at me throughout this story. I wasn’t quite sure what to believe, even doubting Sophie herself at times but when she has evidence from recordings and cameras, well it became a whole lot more interesting. One thing I am always guaranteed with this author is a storyline that will have me hooked. I read it over two days and was desperate to get back to it every time I put it down.
The Broken Ones sure makes for a surprising read. I could never have foreseen how the story was going to plan out from how it starts off. It’s quite a sinister and almost claustrophobic read at times with an unexpected ending that has left my head in turmoil. A psychological thriller that really gets under your skin.
The plot idea is quite good, but fairly predictable.