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All the Broken People

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It's only ONE WHITE LIE, until someone turns up dead...

Imagine you've finally escaped the worst relationship of your life, running away with only a suitcase and a black eye.

Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed - fun, kind, empathetic, very much in love.

Imagine they're in trouble. That someone is telling lies about them, threateni
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Debra
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars

"It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this?
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss"

- The Killers, "Mr. Blindside"


Lucy was just looking for a fresh start when she moved to Woodstock, NY, and met her next-door neighbors, Vera and John. She is instantly drawn to them and begins to feel safe and secure. She fled from an abusive relationship in Brooklyn and had hopes of lying low, but now that she has friends, the trio begins to spend all their time together. One day Vera let
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Kelli Wilson
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

This story involves two tales of domestic suspense.

The first tale began in the main character's previous life in NYC. It involves domestic abuse both physical and emotional at the hands of her boyfriend. In the beginning, we find her secretly leaving town to escape him by moving to rural Woodstock, NY. She is constantly living in fear that he will find her eventually.

There, hiding in her small cabin, she meets her neighbors, a lively tempting couple who immediately take her in as famil
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Ceecee
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Lucy King, a journalist, is escaping her abusive, controlling boyfriend Davis and rents a cabin just outside Woodstock in the Catskills, she needs to stay under the radar. She becomes very good friends with her neighbours John and Vera whom she grows to rely on and they share some fun times. However, the couple have some problems with the residents of Woodstock and she agrees to help them to resolve them and they hatch a plan. This is now yet another white lie among many that Lucy is g
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Frank Phillips
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moral of the story, for me, here was - always tell the truth!! This was a very clever, fast paced, twisty debut thriller that I highly recommend! There were so many plot twists and different red herrings thrown my way, I had total whip lash!! Being the suspense/thriller obsessed reader that I am, I eventually figured things slightly before the final reveal came, but nonetheless I still enjoyed this one immensely. If I had to describe this novel, I would say it's a bit of a mystery-unreliable cha ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Lucy King flees Brooklyn to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. She tells no one where's she's headed as she attempts to vanish without a trace. Lucy moves into a house in Woodstock hoping to settle into an unobtrusive, quiet, invisible life, but when her irresistible neighbor Vera invites her over to dinner Lucy can't seem to say no. Soon Lucy, Vera, and her husband John are inseparable - an odd but tight-knit threesome dining and hiking together almost daily. As Lucy remains diligent about her own ...more
Amanda
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author for me. I do find it very exciting when you discover a new author that you like and then you rush to buy all their other books before you’ve even shut that first book that you are reading!!!

Lucy is renting a property in Woodstock, she has left her controlling ex and her old life behind her and is hoping to start anew.

Lucy befriends her new neighbours Vera and John who seem like a fun couple!! They are soon spending most evenings together eating, drinking and having a good t
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Lacey
Another day, another mediocre mystery/suspense. Deep sigh.

It's barely been a month since I read All the Broken People, but as I went to write a short summary of it just now for this review, I realized that already I couldn't remember the names of the main characters. That alone should speak for itself about how memorable the story was. It would be fair to say that it hasn't stuck with me.

In essence, this book is about a girl who moves to a very small town to get away from her abusive boyfriend,
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Kimberly Belle
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leah Konen hits it out of the park with her debut suspense, All the Broken People, in which a faked death goes horribly awry. Konen delivers with Lucy, who escapes to rustic Woodstock for a fresh start, only to discover her new neighbors are harboring disturbing secrets of their own. A sly, up-all-night thriller that ends with a surprising bang.
Ken
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This engaging domestic thriller uses the simple premise of how a small little lie can snowball into something much larger when trying to keep the story straight.

Lucy has left her abusive relationship in Brooklyn to hideout in the quite town in Woodstock.
She soon becomes friendly with neighbours Vera and John, which leads to a small simple request.
Artist John has his own scandal and the couple are seen as outcasts, they stuck upon the idea of him faking his death on a hiking trip in the hope that
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Hillary
DNF 53% | 14/06/2020

Me before reading: I added this only because the description says it’s perfect for fans of Samantha Downing...how predictable of me

Me after reading: that comparison to SM was the only lie here

I tried to like this book with all my soul. The thing is, when you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care about the story if it’s too slow to get to the point. That’s exactly what happened here.

The synopsis intrigued me when I saw this book on Netgalley. If Samantha Downing is m
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Kristie
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this going to be a popular psychological thriller and I expect most people will love it more than I did. It has a Gone Girl type feel to it. And yes, I hate comparisons to Gone Girl, but maybe it's old enough now that I can get away with it? Either way, it is twisty and suspenseful and if you don't read a lot in the genre you don't know who-done-it until the end. Unfortunately, I have read several similar style books and I did figure out who the "bad guy" was before the end. But, it stil ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
4 stars Thank you to Cassie at G.P. Putnam for allowing me to claim this ARC through NetGalley. Publishes 6/30/2020.

Leah Konen is a new author to me, but she sure caught my attention. Her style is smooth, good writing, and moving story. Right from the first page I needed to read further. This book held my interest all the way through, always urging me to read on. And just when I thought I had figured the mystery out - twice actually -I again, was surprised.

Lucy runs from her big city life and
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Amy
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this one totally sucked me in, faking someone’s death just sounds like the worst idea ever and you just know that nothing will go off as planned, right?! On top of that, Lucy has a shadowy past and the relationship dynamics between her and her new neighbors, Vera and John just intrigued me to no end. It definitely had me gripped and felt like a pretty solid domestic thriller.

This is one of those tricky thrillers that I figured would be pretty predictable and average at best the wh
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Amber
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the author, Penguin Random House, and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lucy runs away from her abusive ex-boyfriend Davis and ends up in the town of Woodstock,NY thinking she is safe. When she meets her new neighbors, she befriends them not knowing the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Is she safe in her new home or is she in danger once again? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was my first ever read by author Leah Konen w
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Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS.

Thank you so much to Putnam Books for the gifted copy ✨ This book was SO GOOD. I had really high hopes for this book because I had already seen a lot of great reviews and it completely blew me away 🙌🏼 All the Broken People releases next week (Out 6/30) and you guys definitely need this one!

This book starts off with a bang and I LOVE when thrillers hook me right from the beginning. I was fascinated by the story from the very first chapter and I couldn’t wait to see what else was going
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Louise Wilson
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After leaving her abusive ex, Lucy is now ready to start a new life for herself. She's now living in a new area and she's soon befriended with her closest neighbours, Vera and John. They are soon spending their evenings together. When Lucy discovers her new friends need a little help with something, how can she say no. But it all goes tragically goes wrong.

This is a fast paces read that's full of twist and turns. It will play with your mind as you're wondering who you can and can't trust. The st
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Andrea Bartz
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fast-paced but nuanced thrill ride grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go. With spare, haunting prose, a tense and richly wrought setting, intricate plotting, and twists that would make Hitchcock himself gasp, All the Broken People is a masterful debut. Thriller fans, meet your new favorite author.
Jillian Doherty
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read - I couldn't put it down!

Konen keeps you guessing up until the last line - which is such a WOWZERS of a last line~!
If you love who-done-it suspense you need to pre-order this one now :D

Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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Linda Strong
Lucy King is running form her physically and mentally abusive boyfriend. Along with her dog, she keeps looking over her shoulder, scared to death he will find her.

Her next door neighbors, John and Vera, prove to be very friendly, very helpful and Lucy is grateful for their newfound friendship.

As Lucy thinks the worst is behind her, her neighbors tell her, they, too, are running and looking for a new start. And they have a plan ....

The only way they can start a new life is for John to fake his ow
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Kay
" I'm not stupid. I know the truth. "

HAHAHAHA. Wrong! Everyone in this book is stupid and unlikable. It's so hard to root for anyone. Put down that bottle of pinot hun and clear your head for once.

Okay, this isn't a bad psycho thriller. Once I get past the unlikable voice (audio book) of the main character I was fine with it. First half the story was good. After a major event, it got pretty dumb. It's like watching a train wreck. Too long? Too many twists? Probably. If you like The Girl on t
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Julie Lacey
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh this is a great read that well and truly had me hooked.
Lucy has left her boyfriend and is starting again in a remote village with her dog, Dusty.
It’s a quiet place but she soon meets neighbours, Vera and John and becomes close friends.
Lucy is soon asked to help them with something but it will change her life forever.
Things start to spiral out of control and secrets and lies are exposed.
There are lives in danger and Lucy starts to panic as her life is crumbling around her.
This is a gripp
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Jamie
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of this book and tried to continue on but it never pulled me in and it really dragged on and on for me. Nothing was happening but the same thing just kept happening. This one didn’t work for me.
Joann
Firstly, I won this Kindle in a Goodread's Giveaway for a honest review. Wow, every time I thought they finally had the right person for the killings, the author did a 180 degree turn and threw me off. It did it so many times that I wondered where it would all end and when it did, I was surprised by the nice ending. When reading this book you just know that something bad is going to happen. The author did a great job of building up the suspense and for me, she kept the tension up throughout the ...more
Danielle Vega
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is unbelievable! So many twists that I never saw coming! One of the best thrillers I've read in ages. ...more
MicheleReader
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has left Brooklyn and heads to Woodstock, NY to escape her abusive boyfriend. She soon becomes close friends with her neighbors Vera and John, an attractive and loving couple, as she hides out. The seemingly perfect couple may also be hiding their own secrets. When a scheme to fake John’s death goes awry, Lucy’s world starts to fall apart. Again. Will all her lies catch up with her? And is her abusive boyfriend on her trail?

All the Broken People is an excellent thriller with twists, turns a
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Jayme
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC of All the Broken People by Leah Konen. I love domestic thrillers and this one intrigued me with its promise to be twisty and addictive.

Lucy King is searching for a fresh start and a clean break from her abusive boyfriend in Woodstock, New York. When she meets her new neighbors, Vera and John, she is sure that they are her new best friends. Soon, they ask her to help stage John’s death in order to make him “disappear” from the rumors an
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Stacee
I was absolutely here for that cover and synopsis. Sadly, I was disappointed.

I liked Lucy well enough. She’s sort of unlikable and definitely unreliable and I love both of those things. Vera and John were odd to me from the very start and if that was done intentionally, good job. There are a few other secondary characters, but we don’t get to know too much about them.

Plot wise, it was just okay. From the synopsis, I knew the husband was going to die, but I didn’t know it was going to take almo
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Carl K
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thriller starts with the suspense cranked high as Lucy King relocates suddenly from Brooklyn to the outskirts of Woodstock, renting a small cottage sight-unseen in hopes to evade an abusive ex-boyfriend. She is smart and careful in her plan, but she yearns for closure and admits wanting to reach out to her ex despite the risk. The abuse played out in an non-typical way (i.e., micro-agressions that he explains away, or bruises mysteriously acquired during her sleep) that makes it quite belie ...more
Sarah Stone
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the Broken People
By @leahkonen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
✨Synopsis: Lucy King flees Brooklyn, New York with just a suitcase and her trusty dog Dusty. Leaving behind an abusive relationship and her bff. She moves into a small cabin with alluring next door neighbors. Becoming fast friends Lucy realizing that John and Vera also need to escape their troubles. Afraid to lose their friendship, Lucy reluctantly agrees to help them fake John’s death. It’s only one lie to the police what’s the harm. One lie turns deadly
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Amber
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one wild trip! Like from the get go it was amazing.
So we start off with Lucy, she runs off without a trace to escape her psycho abusive ex-boyfriend. When she flees she tells no one where she is fleeing to in the hopes that she will be able to leave with out a trace for him to follow. Once she finds a place Lucy meets Vera and John and they hit it off pretty well. They start hanging out and become really connected together, all the while Lucy is looking over her shoulder in fear th
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Leah Konen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English literature. "All the Broken People," releasing June 30, is her first thriller. She's also the author of several young adult novels, including "Love and Other Train Wrecks" and "The Romantics." She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband, their daughter, Eleanor, and ...more

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