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Heartbroken: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Lisa Unger

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Title:Heartbroken: A Novel
Authors:Lisa Unger
Info:Crown (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Didn't really keep me riveted. The characters and sense of place are well written but I just couldn't invest in their story. I was hoping for more suspense and I felt let down in that aspect. I agree with a previous reviewer in that the ending seemed forced. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Oct 6, 2016 |
This was my first Lisa Unger novel. I enjoyed her writing style and was captured by the storyline as well as the characters. Her writing reminded me of two other authors whose novels I read often, Kristin Hannah and Sarah Addison Allen.

I definitely had a hard time putting the book down. no matter what I was doing. I had it propped up while cooking, sitting outside and doing household chores. That is a sign of a compelling novel.

My only complaint was the ending. There was too much left hanging and I felt as if the author was either in a hurry or needed to tie up loose ends. Maybe there will be a sequel, but I felt let down after being so absorbed. It was an "oh. huh. ok." moment.

I will definitely read more by Unger. ( )
1 vote MamaCass13 | Jul 10, 2016 |
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 | May 26, 2016 |
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. ( )
1 vote sharlene_w | Mar 24, 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 |
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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.
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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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