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Heartbroken: A Novel (edition 2012)

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Title:Heartbroken: A Novel
Authors:Lisa Unger
Info:Crown (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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It took me awhile to sort the characters out and figure out how they would converge. That could have been the result of listening to it while bicycling. Not the greatest crime thriller, but I did enjoy it. ( )
  sharlene_w | Mar 24, 2014 |
READ IN DUTCH

Ik heb een exemplaar ontvangen van de uitgever, waarvoor dank! Ik had nog nooit een boek gelezen van Lisa Unger, maar was al tijden benieuwd nadat ik positieve verhalen gehoord had.

Drie vrouwen, een mysterieus eiland. De ingrediënten voor wat een spannend verhaal beloofd te worden.

Het verhaal vertrekt vanuit de drie standpunten van de verschillende vrouwen, waarbij de relaties tussen hen niet allemaal even duidelijk zijn (De moeder-dochter natuurlijk wel). Vanaf het begin bekruipt je het gevoel al dat er iets aan de hand is met het toch niet zo idyllische Heart Island. De echte spanning komt wat laat op gang, om daarna het verhaal in een stroomversnelling ( :D ) terecht te laten komen. Schrijfstijl leest makkelijk weg, maar is niet heel bijzonder of opmerkelijk. Het verhaal had voor mij toch wel wat eindjes, die naar mijn gevoel een beetje te makkelijk aan elkaar geknoopt werden. Maar al met al, vond ik het leuk om te lezen en kijk ik zeker nog eens uit naar een ander boek van Lisa Unger... ( )
  Floratina | Jan 23, 2014 |
Great mix of complex family drama and thriller. I haven't stayed up late reading in bed for ages, but this book prompted me to. ( )
  judypat | Jan 20, 2014 |
HeartBroken is the story of Birdie and her family and Emily and her problems. This story becomes entertwined with many twists and turns to keep the reader on edge to the end. This is an excellent mystery. I truly devoured it and hope to read more Unger books, ( )
  CandyH | Jan 9, 2014 |
If HEARTBROKEN had been the first Lisa Unger book I had read, it would be my last. That is because this book is "women's fiction," an insulting name, I think, but I didn't make it up. It implies that this is the type of book women like because it is soap operaish. More than the first half of this book plus the last few chapters are made up of the stories of various women, all silly and/or boring.

The portion of HEARTBROKEN that is good doesn't make this a good book. Yet reviews had me believing that this book is about one family's island and what takes place there. In fact, that is the good portion of this book; that does not describe the book.

So it's a good thing this was not my introduction to Lisa Unger. My first was DIE FOR YOU, which is so excellent I can hardly believe the same author wrote HEARTBROKEN.

But if Lisa Unger really did write both books, I would suggest to her if I coud that she rewrite HEARTBROKEN. She could keep the same characters, even keep their backgrounds and personalities. But she could cut so much detail and make the good portion happen a lot sooner, like before page 50 rather than after page 220. I understand that the book would be shorter. So make like Ian McEwan and write a short book.

I won this book in a giveaway on www.tiftalksbooks.com ( )
  techeditor | Oct 18, 2013 |
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In the category of literary thriller, Unger qualifies as America’s answer to the U.K.’s Kate Atkinson. She writes finely calibrated plots in prose that is exact, and she knows how to press the tension button for all it’s worth.

In Unger’s seventh novel, three women, all with episodes of betrayal in their pasts, are steered toward a confrontation on an island in a remote Adirondacks’ lake. Also in the mix are men with violence in mind. Death and some redemption follow.
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Jul 14, 2012)
 
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While Kate pens an evocative historical novel based on family journals, her neighbor, Emily, flees a volatile relationship to an island in the Adirondacks where she, Kate, and Kate's mother, Birdie, face the consequences of their pasts.

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