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All The Broken People

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Alice Bennett knows what it means to suffer. After burying her abusive childhood and reinventing herself, Alice is living a life she never imagined could be hers. She’s married to a perfect Southern gentleman. She has a challenging job she loves—writing for a woman’s magazine. But when her past comes back with a vengeance, Alice finds herself on the outs with her husband, ...more
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Published March 5th 2019 by Compathy Press, LLC
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May 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
I expected to enjoy this book as per the summary it looked thriller-y, but upon beginning I had so many things thrown at me one right after the other and for brief time lapses that I ended up losing interest.

The book begins with a woman who offers to take care of her in-law, who's had had a bad fall and is at the hospital. The old lady Benett says she remembers there being someone else with her before the fall, but is shushed by her daughter.

Then we are introduced 2 "bullies" who have had it rou
This might be anywhere from a 3 to 3.5 and I think the author could for sure be writing 4/5 books but this one fell short for me. The storyline is good, the characters and setting interesting but something just doesn't quite gel. But on the other hand I kept reading right to the end. (Spoilers ahead) Here's what I did not like: early in the book much is made of a story the main protagonist is going to write (for her job) about a girl murdered 70 years ago. Alice (the main protagonist) is first w ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Short Take: An episode of Law & Order SVU, written by a first-year social worker.

(*Note: I received an advance copy of this book for review.*)

Y’all, I am SO OVER winter right now. It’s friggin MARCH for cryin’ out loud, can we please, please get rid of the snow and bone-snapping wind chills yet? Needless to say, when I saw a chance to mentally escape to somewhere warm and green, I jumped as fast as an un-athletic pasty nerd can.

Alice Bennett has eagerly agreed to be a temporary caretaker for
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Abused as a child, Alice Bennett has reinvented herself. Married and writing for a woman’s magazine, she thought her life was perfect. But the differences between Alice and her husband Will drive her to Georgia to become his mother’s temporary caretaker. She hopes this selfless act will mend her relationship with Will, but things in Georgia take a surprising turn. Learning that Mae Bennett’s fall resulted not from an accident but from an attack sets Alice on a road of self-discovery as she searc ...more
D.H. Schleicher
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Dull Objects"

Somewhere between a Gillian Flynn novel and a Lifetime movie lies Amy Rivers undercooked All the Broken People.

When Alice (conveniently a reporter) comes to her lawyer husband's hometown in the mountains of Georgia to help care for his recently (and mysteriously) injured mother, dark secrets, family feuds, and emotional entanglements are quickly uncovered.

Rivers creates a potentially rich kudzu-vine covered environment for her characters to inhabit, but she never gives them anythin
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is more of a psychological thriller for me, not my usual police or FBI "catch the bad guys" thriller. Nevertheless, it really kept me turning the pages and on the edge of my seat. It is meticulously researched and plotted, and was easy to follow once I had the characters straight in my mind. It is set in North Georgia where the main character, Alice Bennett, has come to care for her mother-in-law following a fall down heavy stone steps. Soon the trouble in this small town where Alice's husb ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In ‘All the broken People’ Amy Rivers draws us in to the small town where Alice’s husband, Will, grew up. There to help his ailing mother recover from a bad fall, Rivers slowly unravels characters intertwined with one another for many years. Hidden truths begin to surface with all their ugly little details. It’s a rivitung ride full of mystery and suspense. The rich descriptions of this town itself will make you feel as if there. The well executed and thought-provoking read will stay with you lo ...more
There were a few times I questioned what the heck was going on out loud while reading this book. Within the first chapter, I was very intrigued. Who were the key characters? Why does Alice crave a simple life? Who is Larry Lee really? What could possibly going on in this little town? Oh, so many questions! Those are just a few I had expressed early on.

Alice is quite an interesting character. She seems meek and maybe even a little too much so. She wants to make her husband happy, and in doing so
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Writer at a woman’s magazine Alice Bennett, the vulnerable protagonist of this moving story, is struggling to rebuild her marriage while trying to leave the scars of her abusive childhood behind. Her mother-in-law’s accidental fall gives Alice an opportunity to temporarily move to the mountain town of Jasper, Georgia and reflect on her life while taking care of the former. After her arrival in Jasper, Alice discovers the fall was no accident. The things take a turn for worse as vicious attacks ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
Despite its assertion to the contrary, this novel is not really a psychological thriller. It neither delves far enough into psychological elements nor is suspenseful enough for the genre. It is, however, a solid Southern Gothic novel. Once I began looking at the novel through that genre-lens, I found it much more satisfying. (I would rate it at no more than 3 Stars as a psychological thriller, but it's worth 4 as a southern gothic).

I think more could have been done to really make the setting pop
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4* ARC Review – Perfect title!!
The ARC of this book was provided by Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I would not have come across this book or author without their invitation and I am glad I received it. Both the book and author have been an excellent surprise.
This is the story of Alice Bennett who goes to take care of her mother-in-law in a small town in the mountains in Georgia. The fall happens at a start of numerous events in this town that have the police investigati
Michelle Kidwell
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

All The Broken People

by Amy Rivers

Compathy Press, LLC

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 05 Mar 2019

I am reviewing a copy of All the Broken People through Compathy Press LLC and Netgalley:

Alice Bennett is familiar with suffering. But having successfully buried her abusivr childhood she is now living a life she never thought she would be able to live. Alice Bennett married a perfect Southern Gentleman she has a job she loves, writing for a women’s magazine, but after her pas
Katie Shea
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
“All the Broken People” written by Amy Peters is told through the viewpoint of 3 characters: Alice Bennett, Larry Lee (local bad boy) and Carver (police officer). That being said, the book is really centered around the story of Alice Bennett. Alice is headed to her husband Will’s hometown to care for her mother-in-law Mae. Mae was involved in a mysterious accident that just seems to be the beginning of trouble in this small Georgia town. Was this a simple trip and fall, or was it more?

I think Pe
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A tiny town with juicy secrets. A daughter in law helping care for her mysteriously injured mother inlaw finds out just how involved she is with a place she hasn't really spent much time in. Bad blood, family feuds, unsavoury characters, it's all packaged in these pages. This was a tidy little story, all the loose ends neatly tied up, but I think that's what prevented a higher starred rating from me. I found the story line predictable. While I felt present for the town gossip that evolved, I fel ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Voracious Readers Only selection. Rivers is a very engaging writer that knows how to keep your imaginary feet firmly planted on her corpse ridden ground. The characters are all flawed, intriguing loners in their own way and, though you may feel some sympathy for their torturous pasts, the present moment of the action constantly has you wondering how many of them should really be locked up and confined. I enjoyed the ever twisting game of judgment that flows through the read ...more
I received All the Broken People in a Goodreads giveaway and am so glad that I did. The detailed descriptions of everything from the kudzu to the expressions on people’s faces painted a perfect picture of the story in my mind. A couple times I thought I had things figured out and was going to be bored with the rest of the story, but then something would happen and prove my predictions wrong. That kept this book exciting and hard to put down. I also loved so many of the characters. There are so m ...more
Sheala Henke
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice is the kind of person I can see myself being friends with. Imperfect in all the down to earth ways that make her believable as a main character. Struggling with the aftermath of poor decisions and trying to heal from the broken bits of a past life she’s devoted to fix she’s living the life she thought she always wanted. The reality is, there are holes she still needs to fill and like most holes, the negative space usually serves to shine a light on what really surrounds it. Her life isn’t ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Astounding story. The story is like looking at all the pieces of a puzzle and not being able to put them together until it’s too late. The suspense just keeps building as you keep turning the page. The author has a real sense of how to build the tension to bring out the best pieces of the plot. The characters are exquisitely developed. Her use of descriptive language allows the reader to engage every sensory nerve as you lose yourself in the twist and turns of the story. You can hear each scream ...more
Cindra Spencer
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
All The Broken People is an engaging story enclosed in lush Georgia. Tension and suspicion runs high… The story explores the good aspects of “bad people”, the bad aspects of “good people”, and all the complexity in between. I listened to the audio version and the performance was exceptional. Each character had distinction and depth, both in the story and in the performance. The smells and sounds of the deep South were easy to conjure without any cheap clichés. There are a few unanswered question ...more
Sam Harper
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Received a complimentary copy of this novel through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.
While this was a pleasant read, with its detailed characters and settings, the plot was a little predictable and some aspects weren’t explained and left loose ends, such as 2 murder victims being found the same way despite the time elapsed. Alice, the main character starts as a meek and mild little mousey figure but as the story twists and turns towards the ending she turns into a woman no
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superior Writing!

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Rivers at a book signing and discovered a fascinating kindred spirit and remarkably talented storyteller. "All the Broken People" is several stories in one brilliantly blended tale of mystery, romance, murder, intrigue, history, psychology and forensics. Settle in for a start to finish, can't-stop-now thoroughly enjoyable read.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ao, nwt
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book however I became engrossed about half way through. I felt that the details of past abuse, among other things, was just enough to give an idea yet let the readers imagination complete the picture. I really like this from an author rather than too many specifics. Alice’s development through the story made it relatable and her glass house life that gets shattered kept me reading.
Thank you Voracious Readers Only for this complimentary copy.
Kristi horn
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many of us are broken! I am so glad I read this book,it will help me find my place in this world..

It is my life!!!!! I don't understand why me are picked to be abused? And why we stay in abuse! I'm no longer living in abuse,but I can't get past the pain and memories!!!!! I pray for relief.......
Marla Bradeen
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
ALL THE BROKEN PEOPLE is an intriguing read. The characters are all richly drawn, and the setting pulls you into the story. Certain elements were somewhat predictable, but the conclusion was suspenseful enough to keep me turning the pages. A well-written book by a talented author.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story, great setting. I could picture things so clearly. Good writing and flow. I liked Alice, she was an interesting character. There is plenty of suspense and surprises. Some of the characters are awful. The conclusion was something I didn’t see coming which is always fun.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Compathy Press, LLC for a copy in exchange for a review.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
WOW! I have never read Amy Rivers before, but i’m so looking forward to her next novel!
This book had me guessing until the very end, and holy wow. wasn’t expecting the ending! It was so well written and really painted a vivid picture of the characters and the town, I really enjoyed getting lost in it. Will be recommending!
Queen Soleil
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
rating: 3stars

i think i anticipated too much and it came out flat for me.
however, if i take it on the characters being broken people,
forgiveness being a factor and moving on etc, this quite it the spot.
i would give this 4stars.

here's my review for this:
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic read! If psychological thrillers are your cups of tea, you'll enjoy All The Broken People from Amy Rivers. This book kept me on my toes and guessing and suspecting. Definitely recommend!

I received an e-book copy for my honest review.
Gillian Young
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gifted this book from the author via voracious readers. This was a very good read with great characters and a cracking plot. It covered an immense range of people, emotions and reactions and was fascinating to delve into.
Patricia Stoltey
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the Broken People by Amy Rivers is an excellent suspense novel with a multi-layered plot, a winning main character in Alice Bennett, and a lineup of folks with secrets that threaten to unravel and destroy Alice's life.
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Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado with her husband, two kids and one very spoiled dog named Molly. She has a Master's degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics, two topics she loves to incorporate into her personal essays and novels. Amy has been published in Flash! A Celebration of Short Fiction, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspirat ...more