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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life. A year has passed since his serial killer father’s execution, and it finally looks like he has a chance to escape the stigma and fear that haunts him.

Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom.

Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Kyle, but she doesn’t know he is the son of the man who mur
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Published May 24th 2016 by Running Press Teen
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Wendy Darling
1.5 stars GoodReads needs to allow emojis so I can insert an eyeroll here.
Krystin Rachel
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This book had SO. MUCH. POTENTIAL. But it let so many opportunities pass it by, that I'm literally experiencing a very visceral frustrated sadness since finishing it.

I really wanted to like this book. Truly. The synopsis was super enticing - Kyle, the son of notorious serial killer The Bonebreaker, is uprooted and sent to a boarding school (that used to be an asylum, thank you) after his father's execution. There, he meets and falls for Naomi, the daughter of his father's
Kat Ellis
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Not entirely unbiased, but y'know... ;) ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me tell you something about this book: I had an actual nightmare the evening after I read it. This is the kind of amazing story where the characters are still in your head a week later. And the concept is completely fresh--different than anything I've ever come across. The characters are so authentic and the plot so intricate, that you'll feel all the worry and and intensity that the characters do. I cannot recommend it enough. It goes down in my collection as a forever-favorite. ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
This book caught my attention as soon as I saw that it was about the son of a serial killer. I loved the Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series, and was hoping to explore the whole issue of genetics vs. free will vs. how you were raised. This wasn't exactly that type of book, it was more of a mystery book, but I was okay with that-- because I love mysteries!!

We get off to a slow start when we learn that Kyle is going to start a new life in a Pennsylvania boarding school. Then, dun dun dun, the daug
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
First book I've read in weeks! It broke me out of a reading slump and was very exciting :) ...more
Dawn Kurtagich
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me guessing and was just perfect! The romance thread within the story was brilliantly done, with high stakes all around. I love this book!
Serendipity Reviews
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome edge of your seat, fly by pants thriller.
Teresa Barrera
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can we just stare at the cover in awe for a moment?
Ok, I'll get on to the review.
I have had this on my bookshelf for a long while along with a mile-high pile of other books I've still been meaning to read. Trust me, I've tried telling myself to read the books I have before adding more, but my brain and my googly eyes and grubby hands never can refuse more books. Indeed I'll be the old broad in a creepy looking house with mazes of bookshelves and books drinking wine in ice wearing hufflepuff att
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. There was a pretty decent story with just enough background, the characters were developed, and it moved along quickly. Naomi's mother was murdered ten years previously. She lived with her grandparents and attended boarding school. Kyle and his mother Olive have just moved to town and Kyle is enrolled in the same school. When he meets Naomi in class, he realizes she is the daughter of his father's final victim. He tries to stay away from her, but they end up falling for ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young adult mystery and horror book for ages thirteen and up. Kyle Henry has a new life. His serial killer father has been executed. He is attracted to Naomi Steadman and recognizes her as the daughter of the woman his father murdered. There is the past to be dealt with and new beginnings. This is not a book that I could recommend for young adults. I received this book free through Goodreads Giveaways for an honest review.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kat’s work. Blackfin Sky was fantastic and Purge left me craving more (read both ASAP). The same can definitely be said for Breaker.

A guessing game from start to finish, Breaker is full of suspense and atmospheric tension. The story centres on Kyle, whose mother drops him off at a new boarding school with a new name. Why? Because his father was a very well-known, vicious serial killer, and let’s face it, who wants to carry that bag around with them. But if h
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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- I received a copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads giveaway

"Breaker" is a highly entertaining, addictive book told in alternating POVs. Our first narrator, Kyle, has just moved from his hometown in North Carolina, to a boarding school in Pennsylvania, one year after his serial killer father has been executed. Eager to use this chance as a fresh start, Kyle thinks that he'll be able to put his past behind him, until he meets Naomi, our second narrator. Naomi's grandparents have
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
A solid 3.5 stars. I got this book at BookCon this year and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed it as a fun mystery with just enough creepiness. Naomi wasn't the most believable character, and the bit about the grandpa didn't really need to be in there? It made me more sad than anything. A quick read and I appreciate getting it for free! (I have to say that I hate the cover though. I would never have picked this off the shelf). ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received an ARC from Netgalley.

I enjoyed the book, but the changing points of view was constantly confusing to me. I finally noticed that at the beginning of a chapter, it would tell you whose point of view that chapter would be focused on. However, I rarely notice chapters when I'm reading, so it would take me a bit to catch up.

overall a good young adult book.
I've read Ellis' debut novel, Blackfin Sky, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The synopsis of this book sounds captivating. I am definitely looking forward to read this! ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not doing it for me. Moving on
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Jun 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
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I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
Kayla Anderson
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would say 3.5 stars. I did figure out the ending, but it was still a nice build up to it. Quick and easy read
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't like the characters and I could tell who the murderer was much too early. ...more

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Kyle Henry, our main character, had a tough life. From an early age he learnt to not trust and to hide. Living with the stigma due to his father identity. His father was a serial killer .A year after his dad's execution, Kyle sees an opportunity to start over, with a new name. His life is now his to control. Or so he believes it to be.

But life never gives you anything just like that. Soon after his moving away from
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I see a lot of negativity but, I personally enjoyed this book! First off I love mysteries and this really kept my attention. I just wanted to read more and more and now I'm finished, sadly. I liked everything about the book; the plot, the characters, the twist. You also need a really imaginative brain because this adds to the spookiness. And it got a bit spicy a few times 👀 I would recommend!! 👍🏾 ...more
Kristy McRae
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great young adult thriller!
Eli McEntire
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Hannah Hamelback
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat; 100% recommend!
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Predictable but good!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
Naomi doesn't want to board at Killdeer Academy but she can't stay with her grandparents anymore now that her grandmother has so much to do taking care of Naomi's grandfather as his Alzheimer's progresses.

Kyle hopes to be able to remake himself at Killdeer Academy with a new last name and a determination to forget all about his serial killer father. His mother's decision that Kyle should board is a surprise. But he's dealt with worse.

Kyle expects to have a completely blank slate at the Academy.
I un-DNFed this, actually. Literally, a first of firsts. I placed this aside, rated it on GR, and decided to pick it up again because I felt bad.

Kyle Henry is the son of a serial killer, known notoriously as The Bonebreaker. After his father is sentenced to a life in prison, he and his family move out of town, Kyle changes his name and schools, and while at Killdeer Academy, Kyle runs into a girl well-known to his family, Naomi Steadman. Prior to the current plotline, Naomi’s mother had been mu
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kyle Henry has had a most unlucky upbringing, thanks to his serial killer father and a mother who suffers from a variety mental, emotional, and physical health issues stemming from a car accident. Now, however, Kyle has high hopes of a fresh start. His father has been executed for his crimes, Kyle has changed his name, and he and his mother are moving to a new town where Kyle has a promising new start at a fairly exclusive private school. Things immediately go awry for Kyle when he realizes that ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-copy
I loved Kat Ellis’s original and lyrical debut, Blackfin Sky, so Breaker made my list of most-anticipated-releases of this year. Breaker felt a little grittier and darker than Blackfin Sky, following two characters with a linked past of violence and murder. Kyle is trying to leave behind his identity as the son of a serial killer, whereas Naomi has been coping for ten years with the violent murder of her mother — a crime she doesn’t realise was committed by Kyle’s father. As Kyle and Naomi get c ...more
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Kat Ellis is the author of YA novels HARROW LAKE, PURGE, BLACKFIN SKY, and BREAKER, and the novella THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN in the THREE STRIKES collection. Her next book, BURDEN FALLS, will be published in the summer of 2021.

You'll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, trekking through ruins and cemeteries with her camera, or watching scary films with her husband.

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