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On an icy winter’s day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbott wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she’s left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can’t remember anything.

Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family’s secluded old farmhouse to recover—but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace’s boyfriend has been
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
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Melissa
“You’re wrong.”

Wow! Yes, I was wrong. Completely wrong. Wrong about everything and everyone.

Books like this are exactly why I reach for thrillers. I love when the smoke clears and reality hits and everything I held true is so wrong. Of course, I thought I had the suspect pinpointed a few times, only to be led in a entirely different direction.

The secrets and lies surrounding Grace and her foggy memories unraveled in a surprising way, but it was the major blow the author delivered within the
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Linda
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She spun around again and again, until she lost her balance and fell to her knees in the snow. "What's happening?" she screamed to the sky. Her voice echoed through the woods.

Grace Abbott now lives in the unsettling state of the truly unknown. She wakes after nearly dying in a terrible car crash. The prognosis is as foggy as the disconnect that has taken up space in her rattled brain. Will time and bed rest eventually bring back her lost sense of identity?

Her sister Lisa arrives at the
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 Li'l Owl
Tires crunching on gravel, she backs out of the driveway. Once on the road, she presses the gas, hurtling away from the house. Trees flash by in a blur. Suddenly a deer appears but she's unable to form a thought fast enough to react. In an instant, the big animal pitches over the bumper, crushing the hood, the windshield, the roof. The car Careens off the road, she hears the squeal of tires, the groaning and screeching of metal, the cracking, crunching of the splintering glass as the pinpricks ...more
Linda Strong
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Grace Abbott runs out of the house, jumps in her car, and speeds away, noticing the car lights behind her. The next moment, she wakes up in the hospital, surviving a horrific crash. She has absolutely no memory of anything.

She's discharged into the care of her sister, Lisa. Thinking that things just couldn't get any worse, the police show up with the news that Grace's boyfriend has been murdered ..and Grace has no alibi... at least not one she can remember.

The author did a great job in making
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Mandy White
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
this was a kindle unlimited find. another book featuring memory loss. a fast paced great read
Lewis Weinstein
This is a compelling read ... an auto accident and a memory loss ... memory gradually recovering, revealing piece by piece a mix of destabilizing past events and a bizarre cast of characters ... followed by a rush of an ending, and surprises to the last page ... what more do you want in a psychological thriller?
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Broken Grace starts off with a killer chapter, you know, the kind that hooks you and makes you want to keep reading!

However, after this the book becomes a bit clichèd for a while. The memory loss reminds me a bit of Before I Go To Sleep (which I didn't love) so I was unsure whether I was going to enjoy reading.

Grace leaves hospital for recovery in her old home, in the care of her sister, and with no recollection of her life before her car accident, and then the police turn up. Grace's boyfriend
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Fictionophile
When we first meet Grace she is in a panic. She is driving away from something or someone horrible. She is driving too fast and hits a deer - then travels off the road and hits a tree. A week later she is being released from hospital. Released to Lisa, a woman whom the hospital staff say is her older sister. To twenty year-old Grace she is a stranger. All her memories are gone...

They tell her she attends university - that she waits tables part-time - that she is engaged to be married...

Lisa
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Michelle
This books opens with Grace speeding away from a menace unknown to the reader, whose headlights Grace can see gaining on her in her rearview mirror. In the next chapter, Grace awakens in the hospital, having survived a horrible car accident, badly hurt and with no memory of anyone or anything. I was hooked.

She is reluctant to be discharged into the care of the sister she doesn't remember, but goes nonetheless, returning to their childhood home she doesn't remember either. Soon after, the police
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Brooke
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept

I give the book three stars because overall it is a good concept, but I'm not sure about the execution. A lot of the story is telegraphed from the start, you pretty much know where it's going, but getting there is interesting enough to keep the readers attention. Though I figured out fairly early on what was happening, I'm still slightly confused by the ending. The "twist" was predictable, but there is still an unanswered question left hanging. If the author is going to go
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Renny Barcelos
May 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear! How many cliches, unbelievable coincidences and inappropriate policemen are necessary to make an obvious *mystery* last a while? This novel is the answer.
Are we really supposed to believe a detective would be this reckless and downright criminal in his work for a crush?

I could have pretended not to be so bothered by all that if not for the blatant disregard for rape victims in this novel. Drugging someone to force yourself into them is rape. That's how it's called, that's what it is.
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Debbi Lopez
I just didn't get it! I didn't get the motivation of most of the characters. I didn't get the young adult writing style. And I didn't get the seemingly lack of research into topics such as police work, amnesia and pedophilia. I hung in until the end hoping for some redemption but found the ending muddled and unsatisfactory.
Cecilia
Sep 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Wow well this story just dragged on and on and on.
The first half was definitely interesting. A girl, Grace, gets amnesia from a car accident, and they find her boyfriend is dead. Then there's lot of mystery, a lot of people involved, and a lot of background to reveal. She stays with her sister, who's living in a creepy old house their dead parents "left" for them and apparently isn't very close to Grace. I found that really odd and immediately suspected the sister.
Then the dialogue starts
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Paula Dennan
I wasn’t sure about Broken Grace* to begin with, it felt a bit predictable. Not helped, I’m sure, by the clichéd relationship between the two police officers investigating the murder. You know, the rookie cop comes up against an older partner who automatically thinks he knows better simply because he has been around longer.

Thankfully things picked up a notch about a third of the way through the book and that unexpected turn I was hoping for made its appearance.

From then on I was gripped by the
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Lynn Mccarthy
Grace wakes in hospital after a car accident and can not remember a thing of what happened.
Graces sister discharges her from the hospital and take her to there family home to look after her.
Graces boyfriend is found murdered the same day as the accident happened and the police want to question grace but she can not remember a thing.
As her memories return she learns that her family have lots of secrets and some memories are best forgotten.

Thanks the Netgalley the publisher and author for a chance
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susan scheskie
Jan 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a waste of

...time. Zero character development, repetitive storyline. I felt no connection or empathy for the main character as a result. Won't read this author again.


Jen
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Maybe closer to 2.5 stars.

Grace awakes in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury and no memory. I've read 3 novels, I think, since January in which women with amnesia after a traumatic event must struggle to regain their memories. They are all in danger, of course, and don't know who to trust.

Not only has Grace suffered serious injuries in a car accident, but Grace's boyfriend has been murdered, and she is a suspect. When she is released from the hospital, her sister takes her home to the
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Petra
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Broken Grace reminded me of a couple of other books I have read this year:
woman (Grace) wakes up in hospital after a car accident suffering from a traumatic brain injury and total loss of memory.
Her only remaining family is her sister, so she is discharged into said sister's care staying in a remote house that somehow makes her feel uncomfortable.
Her boyfriend is found murdered. Enter a rookie cop and
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Howard
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the premise and approch to 'Broken Grace' was very interesting. Grace suffers amnesia following a collision with a tree. She was driving too fast on a snowy Michigan road and first strikes a deer while she was being chased by someone. Grace doesn't remember much of her life before waking up in a hospital, including her older sister who has now become her quazi guardian / caregiver. Grace's boyfriend was found murdered in his bed and, of course, Grace is a suspect without memories ...more
Jan
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy twists and turns

The author balances crazy, mystery and dysfunction out with what you think is a love story. The ending was a total surprise and a cliffhanger. I'd give it five stars if all the loose ends got tied at the end. Worth the read!
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Morgan
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Broken Grace

3 Stars


This book was alright. Pretty predictable, but there was a slight twist I wasn’t expecting. Didn’t feel all that connected to any of the characters, and, in turn, didn’t feel any type of way when certain events transpired. There were some interesting elements and while I was pretty confident in the guiltiness of whom I suspected early on, there were some aspects of the investigation which made me think of other possibilities. I also really like the possible unreliable
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Pam
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Broken Grace is a novel by E.C. Diskin. I couldn't put it down. I would give it ten stars if I could. The book is an excellent suspense and mystery. The characters are very realistic and the plot is well written. The book has many twists and surprises and the biggest one is at the end. You definitely are not expecting that one.
Grace Abbott just got out of the hospital. She had been in there a week since she had an accident with a deer and a tree. Luckily, she did not have severe injuries; but
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Barbara
Grace is in a car accident and loses her memory - can't remember anything about the boyfriend Michael she comes to find out is dead.

This gets its stars from a really great ending - a little slow in the beginning.

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Stacy
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We first meet Grace right before she nearly dies in a car accident. She's speeding away from something, terrified, sees the headlights gaining on her right before a deer jumps out in front of her, causing her to lose control and total her car. 8 days later, she's being released from the hospital to a sister she can't remember, and possibly being investigated for the murder of her fiancée, a man she also can't remember. As Grace tries to piece together her life, she learns that things aren't ...more
Pat
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short review because I'm way behind with them.

I really enjoyed this book. I've read quite a few books lately where the main character has amnesia and they must rely on family and friends to fill in their background for them while creepy stuff starts to happen. In fact I need a break from amnesia stories right now. BUT, I thought this one worked particularly well.

I liked that Grace wasn't totally snivelling or TSTL and the mystery worked well. The story was plausible (as much as these books
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Irene
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Whilst Grace is fleeing from someone she is involved in a car accident and doesn't remember very much. She has flashbacks and bad feelings about certain things as she is trying to solve the puzzle which is her life. Who can she rely on, who can she trust? It was easy to read with a few exciting parts but it was just a fairly average book which although kept me entertained wasn't one of those books you just can't bear to put down. Something to relax with on holiday would be my thought. Provided ...more
Emily
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good mystery...I still can't decide how I feel about the very final ending; I kind of wish the book would have ended 5 pages earlier.

I really couldn't figure out what the answer was for pretty much the whole book, so that's a good sign. I think the answer is acceptable, even though it's not the one I would have picked.

I was worried that I was going to be bored by Grace missing memories for most of the book, but it was done well. It wasn't great, but I would recommend this book
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Alexis
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rain
Dec 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dysfunctional characters in a dysfunctional story. Terrible ending. At least I can say the title is correct.
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E.C. Diskin studied Radio/TV/Film and English in Texas (TCU), moved to New York to dance with a tap dance company in Soho, and finally became "an adult" when she moved to Chicago for law school. But after several years behind a desk, a drawer full of story ideas, and two little ones at home, she took a break from the law and began writing fiction. Fortunately, the fantasy of living a creative life ...more
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