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2.99  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude,
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Published February 11th 2019 by Bloodhound Books
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Adele Shea
Feb 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I found this book such heard work unfortunately. Very repetitive and there just didn't seem to be a story to it.
Linda Strong
Annabel has recently been released from a mental institution. Back living with her mother and brother is not an ideal situation.

Taking a trip to a small coastal town, she hears news of murders that have taken place recently and the killer has not been caught.

Annabel meets Jude, the leader of a cult and she finds that this gives her the peace she so fervently desires. She hadn't counted on falling in love, but she has and for the first time she can remember, she's happy.

Until .....

Jude is
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I’ve read one previous book by this author and after reading this I really need to read her previous books as this was a great read.

I started this one evening and yes I ended up staying awake too late to read it all. I just couldn’t put it down.

Annabel’s trying to move on after being released from a mental institution. She needs to get away so finds herself in Suffolk where she meets Jude. She finally finds peace and happiness. That all changes when Jude is suspected of being involved in
Robin Loves Reading
Annabel is overwhelmed with her mother, so she got away in order to try and regroup. She has no easy path ahead of her, however. As she travels to the coast, she ends up at a town where a series of murders has occurred. Running into a stranger, however, a mysterious man named Jude, brings Annabel a measure of peace.

As the police are searching for the killer, Jude actually becomes a suspect, and the peace that Annabel was seeking is shattered. Not only that, but event after event happens, and
Mark Tilbury
I had read this book when it was originally titled Beneath the Watery Moon, and was interested to see what Betsy had done with it. I'd admired Watery Moon, but after reading Broken my feelings on the book are stronger.

I'm not sure what Betsy's intentions were with Annabelle and what happens to her - is she/it a fictional reality or a representation of the mental illness (manic depression,) that features in the story? Everything I read seemed as though it was symbolic of the illness.

Because I saw
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist; children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that the dragons can be killed."

Annabel definitely believes in fairy tales even after she recently spent a stint at Redwood psychiatric hospital in Suffolk. Now age 23, Annabel has had a mental breakdown, was diagnosed with manic depressive illness and gotten well enough to be released back to her mother and brother. Desperate to re-enter her life sane and more independent,
Roger Bailey
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wasn't really sure where this book was going and by the end there really wasn't any clear idea. The book feels like three parts that really don't mesh together. It starts with a cultish group, turns into a vacation story between two lovers that is mostly sex and meals, and then ends in the conclusion the book hypes. While there is shocking violence it's nothing you haven't already seen other books tackled. It is done in an exploitive way and the plot leading up to it doesn't justify any of it. ...more
Book Smeller Jessica Prien
Written by Betsy Reavley
Genre – Psychological Thriller, Horror
Rating – 2.5/5 Stars
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Not for the weak stomached. Many triggers! Unique writing style!

Annabel has been through hell and back. After staying in a mental hospital, she returns home with a plan to put her life back together. She goes on a little getaway to the Suffolk coast. Shortly after arriving, she discovers a string of murders has taken place in the town. The bodies of the victims are found tortured and almost
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
Thank you to #NetGalley and #bloodhound for this ARC of #Broken

A horror novel that complacently explores the depths of mental illness. The story is told in first person by our main character, Annabelle, and of the strange things that happen after her discharge from a psychiatric rehabilitation center. The narrative is disturbing, graphic, and could be a trigger for sensitive readers. The development of the tertiary characters felt precipitous while the scene set up and dialogue in other areas
abdulia ortiz-perez
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.
What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page,
S Abby Trettel
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
All I would like to say, is that I really disliked this book. There were a lot of unnecessary and disgusting details including rape, torture, murder... and I just really can not recommend this book to anyone. Not because of the content of the book, but because I don’t know what the point of this story was.
Alyson Read
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book revolves around Annabel, a 23 year old who has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital into the care of her family. She has mental health problems, I think some sort of paranoia and delusions, which led to a violent episode but oddly she has just been released with a load of medication and no care from a psychiatrist or other health care expert. She feels strangely drawn to a place called Southwold on the Suffolk coast where the bodies of two murdered women have been found ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was billed as a heart stopping thriller with a killer twist. Um, no. This might be the worst book I've ever read - and that's saying something because I've read some pretty bad books.

So this is about Annabel, who, after leaving her mother's house, joins a cult. She ends up developing feelings for the cult's leader. Really there's not much else to say about that part. It's boring as hell.

Next we're reading about the torture Annabel goes through after she's kidnapped. We never know how
Christine Airey
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

The blurb on the cover of Broken by Betsy Reavley says "the most disturbing book you will read this year". I tend to be sceptical when a book has a claim that it is the best book ever or something similar printed on its cover. However, "the most disturbing book you will read this year" is probably an understatement. It is probably the most disturbing book I have read this decade.

In chapter 19, one of the
Susan Angela Wallace
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broken by Betsy Reavley.
Omg an absolutely fantastic read with great characters. I didn't expect that. What a twister of a read.
Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.
After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger,
Janice Lombardo
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annabelle had just spent 4 months in a psychiatric hospital due to manic depression. She is 23 years old and, to her, returning to her mom's house to recuperate is almost a step backward. So, Belle decides to go on a trip, alone. She tells her mom that she is visiting a friend, Toby. However, she travels to a hotel in rural Suffolk - in the vicinity where two young women have just been murdered. There, Belle meets Jude, who takes her to his mansion, and she is pleasantly surprised with his ...more
Helen Lancaster Lancaster
Loved it

Have to say I loved it even though I didn't understand it it. Did Annabel give in to the madness in her mind. Was there really a monster who tortured her. I'm conflicted. Did Jude exist. Whatever it made for brilliant reading. I will be thinking about this long after finishing it. Well done Betsy
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Happy Publication Day. This book comes with a warning for over 18s only… What did I just read? What the hell. Messed with my mind. This has to be Betsys darkest and best story yet. I got to a point where I nearly put the book down it was that grim, twisted and dark. But ofcourse I had to keep on reading to see what happened.
I managed to read most of this in a day. At first I was like ahhh this ain’t so bad enjoying the book, but then towards the end it turned into pure horror and torture. It was
Sooz (P.Turners Book Blog)
"Suitable for over 18's only. It contains graphic scenes some readers may find disturbing."

This is probably the best way to peak my interest in a book! I like being pushed to the boundary of the content I'm reading and I've only read a couple of books where it's actually made me think "shit...that was....". The first one being AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis and then HEART SWARM by Allan Watson. Based on the blurb alone I was ready to dive in.

Now, like most reviewers, I found myself
Jenn Brouwer
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all i have to address the extremely detailed disturbing parts of this novel, this should be an 18+ book only. I had a hard time reading through the end, it was so violent and twisted. It disturbed me more than i thought it would and i have read some pretty disturbing books. The first half of this book introduced us to some well thought out/well written characters that are easy to relate to. Its almost a love story with the undercurrent of something darker. You can kind of predict what ...more
Vanessa Innes
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to read ‘Broken’ before the release date, this book is a truely unique Crime/Thriller and I have never encountered a book that has left such a profound impact as this. Even days after reading and discussing the book with my daughter I was still contemplating my thoughts and analysing the contents in great detail. I found it very gripping and felt myself wanting to read more every night.
The two minds that ‘Broken’ puts you in is captivating. The connection you feel
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One minute I’m reading about a budding romance and the next I’m thrown into some hellish nightmare. Trying myself to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fantasy.

This is unlike any horror story I’ve ever read. Quickly you’ve forgotten this story is supposed to be something else until you’re slapped in the face with a chapter about rape and unfathomable brutality.

The hell contained in these few chapters quickly erases the previous love soaked ones you recently finished.

I feel like I’ll
Bad Girl Bex
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Total shite. A weird, badly written idea for a plot, poorly executed, with little redeeming value. You know that the whole Jude thing is crap. Using the name 'Jude' alone seemed like Reavley was trying to root the character in some literary history: Patron Saint of Lost Causes? Yeah he be that. Jude The Obscure? Yep he's definitely that. Hey Jude...Take A Sad Song And Make It Better? Yeah, that's how she uses him. It's pretty heavy handed. As is all the rape and torture porn. Now I'm not ...more
NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
--Edgar Allan Poe

*Reader Warning* This book is full of triggers and not for the weak of heart. I’m not kidding!

Annabel has been fighting a battle with mental illness. Diagnosed manic depressive, she’s recently been released from a mental institution. Needing a fresh start away from the prying eyes of her family, Annabel goes on holiday to the coast of Suffolk. But little did she realize when booking her escape, this seaside village has
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Broken evoked a broad scope of emotions while I was reading it. This book is as beautiful as it is gut churningly uncomfortable.
I was so invested in Annabel's character that I had to read along, even though at times it was definitely through my fingers. It’s not a comfortable read, but I felt I owed her.
Betsy reached in to my heart with Annabel, and tortured my soul. This is a story that has never truly left me. I read it the first time as Beneath The Watery Moon – if you have done so too then
Nicki Southwell
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, this is a frightening read. I veered from feeling that the protagonist was insane, then thought I was.

I find it difficult the words to precis this complicated story because the author is so adept at describing horror, amongst other things. The author covers all aspect of fear, depravity, insanity, and hell.

Annabelle is not at all well and finds herself in a mental hospital for her own safety. Her incarceration is as a result of the cumulative effect of her sister dying in a car accident,
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This book was not quite what I was expecting. Many twists and turns leading to some pretty traumatic events. This book is quite graphic and suggested for 18+. Annabel's attempt to have a new future after her struggles with mental illness, seem to be working out well at first. Annabel is beginning life anew after a bipolar episode hospitalization. Making new friends, getting away from her mom's suffocating, and thinking about her future start this off well, but there is
Bookish Biker
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I have gone around and around on how to rate Broken, and how to review it. Part of me wanted to rate it low because it's just so insanely dark and graphic and disturbing and because of that, difficult to read.

But, Betsy Reavley has done a superb job of writing both an unreliable narrator and surprising me with one of the biggest twists ever, so no matter how much I had to skim because her writing wormed its way so far under my skin it wasn't funny, it is an extremely well-written
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Thank-You Betsy for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Annabel and her struggle with mental illness and her fight for survival.

A gripping read that had me hooked right from the first page until the last!

After being released from a psychiatric rehabilitation centre, Annabel decides to get away with a trip to the coast of Suffolk to try and start to put her life back together.

Upon arriving, she discovers that the seaside town is caught up in a nightmare of murders that
Misfits farm
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! I almost read this in one sitting- I couldn’t put it down.Annabel has been in a psychiatric home after suffering a breakdown. She has manic depression. Being released to the care of her family home, she decides after a while to take herself off for a few days, telling her family that she is staying with a friend. Whilst there she meets Jude who seems to understand her as she off loads to him and he promises to show her what freedom is and his own story. The town she is staying in has ...more
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Betsy Freeman Reavley is the author of Beneath the Watery Moon and A Worm in the Bottle. Carrion, her latest psychological thriller will be released in November 2014.
She was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young
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