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Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  807 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Somehow, Luther Kite has found them. At long last, the third installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas series. Following the events of DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise ...more
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Blake Crouch (first published January 26th 2011)
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Andrew Thomas thinks that after the events of the previous two books, he can rest in peace and enjoy life. There's Violet and baby Max to take care of now, and his home in the Canadian wilderness. BUT...well Luther Kite just won't die! And therein lies the problem. He's back, he adbucts baby Max, and forces Violet and Andrew to follow his instructions through murder, torture, and pain. This book is shorter than the first two, but just as intense. I can honestly say, I am completely engrossed wit ...more
Dave Pope
For me, an unsatisfying conclusion to the trilogy. This short novella is intense and as a short horror / thriller story it works - however it kind of leaves a hole relating to the entire trilogy involving Thomas and Kite relating to the conclusion of the story.
One of those things in horror movies that annoys me intensely is where the hero or heroine incapacitates the bad guy and doesn't follow through. For goodness sake! - if you get the upper hand then use it to effectively conclude the proble
As much as I loved Desert Places and Locked Doors, Blake Crouch somewhat blew it for me in this conclusion story. I understand how he wanted to explore the philosophical implications of the tribulations of his characters but I kept kringing at some of the author's choices and saying "What?" out loud. Characters that had pulled through horrific events didn't seem to have learned from them. They made the same mistakes. The ending in particular didn't work for me at all. The main character made a h ...more
The conclusion to the Andy Thomas trilogy focuses on three central characters; Andy, the writer portrayed as a serial killer to the broader community, Violet, the tough ex-cop now shacked up with Andy largely due to them surviving a harrowing ordeal with a crazed killer in LOCKED DOORS, and Luther Kite, the sadistic serial killer who still mourns the loss of Andy’s twin and like-minded killer Orson. The novella’s premise is simple; test character’s endurance by subject them to horrendous physica ...more
I actually read the "Thicker Than Blood" version of this (not sure that there is a difference).

Anyhow, my full in depth review, which includes mini reviews of each book in this series can be found here: Shivers of Horror

This is a very short (20,000 words, or 12%) story. From what I’ve read it is a prequel to the final story (Stirred) about Andrew Thomas. Stirred is also the final book to the Jack Daniels series by Jack Kilborn/J.A. Konrath. So for me, I’d like to go back and read that series be
This story was short but definitely not sweet. You get all the torture and sadism from Locked Doors with only a third of the reading time. Luther is like Kenny from think he's dead at the end of each episode but nope, there he is again alive and well.

There isn't much I can tell you about the story - if you read Locked Doors then I'll give something away and if you're new to the series you'll wonder why a sane person would be reading this horrorshow of a book. All I can say is it
Susan Kennedy
I came to this after reading Run, the first Blake Crouch book I've read, which I enjoyed. That novel had a filmic, edge-of-your-seat feel which kept me gripped despite some misgivings. This, however, was a different kettle of fish. Barely half an hour of reading in I was questioning whether I could/should finish it. The gratuitous violence, the sickening scenes and cliched good-versus-evil 'dilemmas' made this feel pornographic and objectionable. Still, I questioned myself and thought that I sho ...more
Randy J Robertson


after reading former crouch novels, I was disappointed in this short story. letting Luthor off the hook at the end just to co write with another author smacks of extreme commercialism without regard to the reader. rate this one star as a result.
Teresa G Evans
Don't bother...

False advertising for one. The story ends at 69% and the rest is interviews and excerpts from the previous books. Not worth the price and frankly I was happier with the end of the last book. I can't unread this waste of time, but it is in my past now.
This third installment of the series proves that Crouch has many original ways to torture the victims in his books; what he lacks are original story lines. The bad guys force the good guys into killing people in an attempt to turn them into serial killers. The characters trade off capturing each other, torturing each other a bit, and never quite just pull the trigger and kill each other. And how many times can a character be incapacitated by drugged drinks without starting to be wary of anything ...more
Jessica Gildemontes
I couldn't rate this with stars of any kind because I'm torn. I enjoyed this novel/novella very much but was left empty. If you are a fan it is worth the time but, I hope Blake Crouch turns this trilogy into a series.
I love Blake Crouch but this is the only book I've truly disliked so far. In a way, I was glad it was a short novel. Too much extreme and senseless violence, not enough story and character development for my liking.
ridiculous tosh,in one of these books SPOILER ALERT the hero has the serial killer tied to his killing chair,but doesnt kill him,which is beyond belief with what the killer has done to him and thoese he loves so far
Didn't realize how short this was! Only 110 pages. Read it this morning. Ha!

Not terrible, but a little disappointing. I hoped for more resolution and satisfaction at the end of a trilogy.
Probably my least favorite of the series, but it is still a good book. This is one of my favorite series I've read in a long time.
Short final of Andrew Thomas trilogy. Story starts right away on main characters. After some time action turns into old fashioned torture and ending didn't seam final for me.
Why why why wasn't a fan of the ending of this trilogy! A good read but disappointed in the ending.
Lois Fox
Didn't realize this was a novella until I finished it and was like What????!!!! It was over too soon, so on to the finale!
Well I didn't like the conclusion to this trilogy. it seems that every trilogy I read lately has an unsatisfactory ending. Blake Crouch does keep my interest as to how the characters handle going from finally feeling freed from there horrific experience for a few months and then going into another nightmare. I don't know if I like it. Endings like this one is.. meh! This book I did the audible experience and I'm not sure I like it. I suppose it takes getting use to.
2.5 star this was very short and horrific. Too much..
3rd part, not sure if you could read this as a stand alone as suggested by the author... i know i couldnt... i would have too many questions!
very gruesome and heartbreaking as you now feel for the main characters....
not sure i could endure all that pain... even for love....
the ending is very very creepy.... and leaves me wanting to read the "finale" Stirred... with another great author (who has a multi personality!) JA Konrath.
Really enjoy Couch and how he pushes you to the edge as a reader.
This is one of my favorites
Ok, so I gave this one only 4 stars. It was still an awesome book, but had a lot more torture than story this time. Crouch is a fantastic story teller,so I missed his usual proficiency on that end of things. Still a great read. I'm now going to make my way through the Jack Daniels series to get to the collaboration of Crouch and Konrath that is the series' ending for both, called Stirred. Can't wait to see who wins. I have truly enjoyed this little escapade!
Stuart Macdonald
Fantastic read. Could be deemed a little far fetched but in the context of the series and the characters that have been formed, it somehow worked for me
I've read Desert Places and Locked Doors, and by the ending of Break You, it broke me. This book and the other two are so exhilarating that I couldn't stop reading and I just had to find out what happened to Andy and Violet. It's a thrill ride from Desert Places all the way to Break You, and by the ending I was skimming it to see what was coming next! If you love reading thrillers, horror, and suspense, you'll love all of his books like I do!
Break You is the last book of the Andrew Thomas trilogy. It was a quick read as it is a novella. I wasn't real thrilled with the ending. Without giving anything away, I guess I was wishing for something different. He did leave it open somewhat so maybe the Andrew Thomas story can continue. Blake Crouch does such a great job on descriptions of the people and the surroundings that you feel like you're there with them, but glad you aren't!
Jen Walker
A good read, very exciting, very fast-paced. However I felt that the ending was somewhat dumb and really 'jumped the shark' sorta speak. Without giving too much away I felt like the ending or more so how the ending came about was really unbelievable and made the main character, Andrew Thomas look like an idiot. And I just don't think he would have been that big of an idiot considering his history.
Brenda Shorten
I give it 3 stars because I found the plot unbelievable.
I read many thriller novels but I have a very poor memory. I forget the characters easily most of the time. I like the Andrew Z Thomas series because Blake created a remarkable psycho-killer Luther Kite. Long black hair, rotten teeth due to too many lemon candies. This character is hard to be forgotten.

This novel is a bit short compare with the previous ones.
Even though Blake Crouch states this is the conclusion to the trilogy, I see another book here. Crouch left us hanging on this one. Is Andy going to die soon, twenty years from now, or will he indeed be saved by Violet? I do think this question definitely needs to be answered by another book. Although I have no clue how much more Andy can take!
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Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book
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Other Books in the Series

Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series (3 books)
  • Desert Places (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series, Book 1)
  • Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series, Book 2)
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