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

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,136 Ratings  ·  59 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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Dave Pope
May 31, 2014 Dave Pope rated it liked it
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
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
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
Dec 14, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
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
Jul 14, 2012 Dystopian rated it it was ok
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
Josh Smith
Feb 09, 2016 Josh Smith rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of Saw quite a bit. Quite a lot a bit. Andrew and Violet wind up in the hands of Luther once again, lost in an industrial complex without any knowledge of where they are. Luther speaking in their ear as they try to figure out how to survive.

This really was just a bootleg version of Saw. It was also pretty short. There was a 6 year span between the release of the second book and this one but if that break hadn't have happened this could easily fit on the end of Locked Doors
Sep 08, 2015 Richelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebook
amazing book.. but I didn't like how it ended.. I was lead to believe that I was reading the conclusion to the Luther Kite series.. but at the end of this book I come to find out now there's one more.. in which Crouch teamed up with JA Konrath. it's called "Stirred" and it's going to contain both authors famous characters. I'm not sure how I feel about this considering I don't know this author or his series/ character. This novella was really good but totally left me on the edge again.. now I ha ...more
Teresa G Evans
Jul 25, 2015 Teresa G Evans rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 07, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 27, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2012 Susan Kennedy rated it did not like it
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
Jul 04, 2016 Glasgowgal rated it liked it
Very quick, fast paced read. I disagree with the author's statement stating you don't need to read the previous two books, Desert Places and Locked Doors. I think you will be lost if you haven't read them first. This book wasn't as good as the two previous books. I thought this was the final chapter for Luther Kite, but at the end of this book, there is an interview with Crouch that mentions Luther will be in another book, "Stirred".
Aug 08, 2015 Addey rated it liked it
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Randy J Robertson
Jul 28, 2014 Randy J Robertson rated it did not like it


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.
Nov 05, 2015 Tabitha rated it it was ok
A disappointing end to a trilogy I was really enjoying. I liked my monster nearly silent and basically unstoppable. There was too much talking and exploring in my opinion. And all of it rushed given the fact that the story is so short. Maybe it'd be retroactively better if I got into Stirred and the rest of that series.
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.
Jul 26, 2014 Glen rated it did not like it
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
Jul 15, 2016 David rated it did not like it
Wish I had stopped with the second book. This book is literally torture. I like a scary bad guy, but not if the only thing happening in a book is the scary bad guy torturing the characters page after page.
Aug 23, 2014 Catherine rated it liked it
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.
Jul 09, 2015 Chris rated it liked it
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.
Aug 17, 2014 Maciek rated it liked it
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.
Jun 12, 2016 Jillian rated it it was ok
Did not really get anything out of this. Don't feel like it wrapped up the series just more of the same stuff happening.
Jul 08, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
Why why why wasn't a fan of the ending of this trilogy! A good read but disappointed in the ending.
Lois Fox
May 06, 2014 Lois Fox rated it really liked it
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!
May 10, 2016 Humphreydunn rated it liked it
Would have made a good chapter to his previous book.
Liz Tomkinson
Aug 17, 2015 Liz Tomkinson rated it really liked it
Was good end to the series

This book was not a long read. Maybe 24 hours in total. The ending was good and not what you would think. Does the hero always win?
Jun 30, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
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.
Nov 26, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
2.5 star this was very short and horrific. Too much..
Jan 24, 2012 Vix rated it it was amazing
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.
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more
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