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All Those Broken Angels

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Comforted by a shadow. Haunted by the truth.

Richard Anderson was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six and while the police never found Melanie, a part of her remained—a living shadow that is now Richard’s closest friend.

For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to t
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 8th 2014 by Flux (first published September 1st 2014)
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3.5 stars

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There are two ways I typically use the word creepy, and this book contains examples of both.
A) Creepy:
I'm in the house by myself, and I hear something thunking around upstairs. Veeery creepy!
Honorable mention: You wake up in the middle of the night, and one of your little kids is there. Just staring at you. Watching you sleep. Creepy little bastard.

B) Creepy:
I went shopping with a friend. We ran into her brother, and she greeted him by giving him a
Diane S ☔
Jan 24, 2015 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
3.5 Have to admit this really held my interest. Was just mysterious enough, eerie enough that although I guessed part of it, the ending was somewhat of a surprise.
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This book was crazy! I honestly had no idea what to expect. It was brilliantly written. As a reader you could definitely feel the panic and the desperation and the craziness!

Richard is 6 years old when he was playing hide and seek with his best friend Melanie. After counting to 100, he turned around to find her but she was never found again. A shadow/ghost suddenly appears in his room that night and he knows it is th
Sep 22, 2014 Liviania rated it really liked it
Richard Harrison's best friend went missing when they were six. He knows Melanie is dead, because she's been haunting him ever since. When a girl shows up claiming to be Melanie, he knows that he has to discredit her. But the truth may be even stranger than a boy who believes himself haunted can dream.

I really enjoyed the way my perception of ALL THOSE BROKEN ANGELS shifted throughout the story. It is not long, but it is unpredictable. Often, people are both right and wrong at the same time, mos
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Richard has lived with the ghost of his best friend Melanie for 10 years since she disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek and was never seen again. But now Melanie is back, for real, and Richard is no longer sure who is the real Melanie – the girl who stands in front of him, or the ghost who has haunted him for the past ten years.
Who is the real Melanie? And can Richa
Apr 25, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
When I saw this title listed on NetGalley, I was really intrigued by the blurb and was excited to read the book. Mostly, it lived up to the anticipation. The premise is fairly novel and interesting; however I was slightly disappointed that the true identity Richard's ghost friend was not who he initially thought it to be. I felt the tone of the novel changed for me from that point. I also found that, due in part to the writing style and to my fast reading, I sometimes had to re-read information ...more
Patrick Freivald
Sep 13, 2014 Patrick Freivald rated it it was amazing
Peter Adam Salomon is an emerging voice in horror, a voice that everyone should listen to. All Those Broken Angels is YA horror of the truly horrific kind--creepy, morbid, and disturbing in all the right ways. The "Shadow" that haunts 16-year-old Richard is both more and less than she seems.

Salomon seizes control of the dread inherent in the story and magnifies it, resulting in one of the best ghost stories I've ever read.
Oct 12, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
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The premise for this book sounded fascinating, a mix of mystery, crime, horror, and fantasy. Peter Adam Salomon did not disappoint my expectations in the slightest. The mystery begins with Richard, the protagonist. His best friend, Melanie, disappeared when they were both only six. No one was sure what happened except Richard—from the time of her mysterious vanishing, some kind of shadow/spirit has attached itself to him. He’s sure she’s dead, murdered by persons unknown. No one will listen when ...more
Kirsten Jensen
Jun 27, 2015 Kirsten Jensen rated it liked it
Richard Harrison’s parents, doctors and therapists believe that ever since the delicate age of six years, he has suffered from “Peduncular Hallucinosis”, a fancy term for Richard that means having an imaginary friend to replace the best friend he lost. A way to deal with the depression, stress, loneliness and loss. In the eyes of his parents and medical staff it makes perfectly good sense that Richard is suffering from this – for at the age of six he and his best friend, Melanie, were playing ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Bnbookblog rated it really liked it
This book definitely falls into the category of super creepy. I will say that I'm not a huge fan of the cover; I don't see the strong connection to the story, especially since Richard is a visual artist. There were so many other options that would make the initial sight of the book much more striking. I really enjoyed having a book set in Savannah, having just recently visited, because I could recognize some of the locations. The story also made a lot of sense in the context of the city, which ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Marjolein rated it really liked it

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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Richard was just six years when his best friend, Melanie, disappeared. Her body was never found. Ever since, Richard has had company from a shadow. But then, after then years a new girl at school claims she's his Melanie. Richard doesn't know what to believe, and if she's Melanie, then who's haunting him?

When Richard was six years old, his friend Melanie disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek. That night he was visited by a strange shadow that became his new best friend. For years, this shadow, that Richard was convinced belonged to his best friend, kept him company. Ten years later, a new girl shows up claiming to be the very Melanie that disappeared. His shadow, however, isn't too happy with Melanie's appearance. When the truth about Melanie and her disappearance comes to light, Richard ...more
Donna Stinson
Nov 15, 2015 Donna Stinson rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to meet Peter at a book signing event and spend a little time with him discussing his writing style. But that conversation didn't prepare me for how beautifully written this book is. I loved the story, the suspense builds and the plot takes some interesting - and unpredictable - twists and turns. It's a fast read and I couldn't put it down. I LOVED this book. But the thing that really earned a 5-star rating from me is how beautiful the prose is. Peter has a knack for ...more
Kirsty Vizard
Peter Adam Salomon captures his reader in the uncomfortable and eerie world of All Those Broken Angels. His prose is melodramatic and unnatural, yet still I found myself ironically obsessed with events, but also troubled.
The novel begins with Richard's confession that after the disappearance of his best friend Melanie six years ago he has been haunted by her shadow. As the story unravels we witness Richard's ghostly companion becoming stronger, particularly when a new student begins at Savannah
Mrs. Strudthoff
Sep 17, 2015 Mrs. Strudthoff rated it it was amazing
When Richard was 6, he was playing hide and seek with his friend Melanie. After he counted to 100 and then yelled, "Ready or not, here I come," Melanie was gone . . . and she wasn't hiding. After days of searching, the community and police gave up looking and assumed she'd been abducted and killed. Since that day, Richard hasn't forgiven himself . . . and he's been haunted by the ghost of Melanie.

Or so he THINKS it's the ghost of his Melanie.

Richard is 16 now and one day a new girl named Melani
Caroline Mcphail-Lambert
Feb 01, 2015 Caroline Mcphail-Lambert rated it really liked it
My first horror book.

I am not a fan of horror for I do not enjoy being frightened. I picked this book because I love the cover and the title. Did not even read the back until I was home.

Not horror as I expect horror to be, frighteningly, breath-stopping, panic-raising scared to breathe, to think, to imagine, so I was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps if I was a teenager I would feel differently.

The protagonist, Richard's shadows weave their tale of fright & terror throughout this love story t
Jul 21, 2014 Taylor rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

I really thought I was going to hate this book. The first chapter was really slow to start and a bit strange, but I stuck with it. The. I didn't like how within the first 80 pages the female main character is abused by three different men. But again I stuck with it even despite the low ratings on goodreads.

Don't get me wrong, this book remains morbid and becomes very creepy. It talks about ghosts, child abduction, murd
Jul 25, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it
A beautifully written mystery that held me on the edge of my seat! All Those Broken Angels tells the story of Richard, a teen who is haunted by the ghost of his best friend, Melanie. Melanie disappeared when they were six, and Richard has felt the presence of her ghost ever since. But true to most mysteries, nothing is what it seems. It's rare for me to be surprised by the ending of YA novels, but I was definitely not expecting this one to end the way it did. Suspenseful and compelling!

I read an
Dec 03, 2015 Jayme rated it really liked it
The first few chapters were awkward and difficult to get through, but when Melanie shows up, the tone of the book changes and from that point on, it held my interest. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the supernatural elements added an air of mystery and kept me guessing. I wouldn't have predicted the ending, but it was satisfying. This is a very absorbing, quick read.
16 year old boy meets Melanie, his friend who disappeared/died 10 years before. Creepy horror, crime, mystery, ghost fantasy. For fans of Asylum series by Madeleine Roux and Anna Dressed in Blood series by Kendare Blake
Jan 05, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
HOLY COW was this a good book. So many twists and turns, and I so didn't expect the ending. It wrapped up a bit too quick, but it was excellent. I read this in a couple hours because I could not put it down. So great.
DeWitt YA
Sep 10, 2015 DeWitt YA rated it it was amazing
"A beautifully written mystery that held me on the edge of my seat. It was suspenseful and compelling." — Anonymous
Jun 01, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing
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The vocabulary in this book was beyond perfect. And I loved it all. It was a little scattered and hard to follow at times, but it was well worth it.
Dec 22, 2015 Peri rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and I thought that it was interesting how all of the sub-plots tied together. Very well written and extremely enjoyable and interesting.
May 02, 2016 Tammie rated it liked it
This book actually was pretty captivating, but a little strange for my liking. Creepy, but an entertaining read.
Nov 10, 2014 Toni rated it liked it
Captivating ghost story and murder mystery.
Dotti Enderle
Nov 06, 2014 Dotti Enderle rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and eerily satisfying.
Ashley Blake
Aug 30, 2015 Ashley Blake rated it really liked it
Wow. That was a serious mind f*ck.
Colton V
Oct 12, 2016 Colton V rated it liked it
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Richards best friend Melanie died when they were both six years old. Richard was the last person to see Melanie. The police couldnt find Melanie so they officialy ruled her dead and made her a grave. Once Melanie died Richard had no friends, at least not people. His best friend was a shadow that he felt was a part of Melanie. For ten years the shadow kept him company until a new girl came claiming to be Melanie. Is she Melanie? Read the book to find out. Some parts of the story for me could get ...more
Julie (Books and Insomnia)
May 06, 2014 Julie (Books and Insomnia) rated it liked it
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I received a free e-ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. All Those Broken Angels wasn't horrible, really. I guess I just expected too much and it fell short of my expectations.

First of all, I liked the writing. This book is written so beautifully, there's no doubt about that. The words have a poetic quality to them and it greatly added to the overall mysterious effect of the novel.

But my fondness for this book ends there.

I was just
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Peter Adam Salomon graduated Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a BA in Theater and Film Studies in 1989.

He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild and is represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. His debut novel, HENRY FRANKS, published by Flux in 2012, was named one o
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