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They promised the boy he’d be safe – they lied!

When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate. As Stone attempts to purify John’s sou
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Expected publication: October 5th 2020 by Tilbury Publishing

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Livia
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When 11 year old John McCormack's mother is murdered ,he is temporarily fostered by the Johnston family before being placed in the care of Pastor Stone and his family at Clearwater House..A safe place in a house of God ...what could be a better place for a small boy ..? .There is Darkness and then there is Pitch Black Evil..Readers be warned...this is a story that will rip your heart to pieces ...Its breathtaking darkness will leave claw marks on your soul ...It will take you to a place where Ev ...more
peggy
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG WHAT A READ!!!!
One of my favourite authors has done it again and in my opinion the best one yet. A master storyteller who certainly knows his craft. Beautifully written, heartbraking and at times difficult to read. I have run the gamit of all my emotions mostly tears. Mark Tilbury is one twisted author and I am glad to say that I am one of his loyal stalkers ( a book club ). A masterpiece of story telling, A MUST READ. This book deserves ten stars and is one of my top reads of the year.
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Annette
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely incredible, my anxiety levels were through the roof. When I was reading of the vile creatures who were supposed to be caring for the two young boys, I wanted to do unspeakable things to them. The boys lives were already broken, they had no one to look out for them, no one to care. They forged an unbreakable bond with each other but they were only kids, what could they do to protect themselves? they knew that no one would listen. Everyone thought that pastor and his family ...more
David Stimpson
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mark Tilbury Has Delivered once again .. A Fantastic Gripping Story .. I Cannot wait for His Next Book
Eileen Macleod
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Tilbury masterpiece ! I became so involved with one character that my emotions were all over the place . This book is a must read and will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it . Mark Tilbury where will your mind take us next time ?
Claire-Louise  Armstrong-Brealey
Mark Tilbury has done it yet again! He has a band of author stalkers and by the time you finish his latest offering, you will understand why.

You never know what goes on behind closed doors, but could you imagine this horror? Feelham must have something in the water and there is no way I'm moving within a hundred miles of it.

Mr Tilbury brings his characters to life with an eye for detail that turns two dimensional into three dimensional; from the scene setting to the characters, you are there lik
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Julie Smith
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The blurb:

They promised the boy he’d be safe – they lied!

When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate. As Stone attempts to purify John’s soul of “dangerous levels of toxicity”, it becomes increasingly clear he’s at the mercy of a madman.

Who can John talk
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Donna
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I became aware of Mark when I saw people raving about a book called Abbatoir of Dreams. From there I read all books available and saw why Mark gained his reputation as a twisted author #twistedtilbury
Well a Prayer for The Broken is as good, or dare I say even better.
John finds his mother dead, making him an orphan. He is placed in temporary Foster care until a more permanent place can be found.
Unfortunately for John his "saviour" turns out to be Pastor Stone. A well respected member of his co
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Dee Groocock
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When 11 year old John McCormack finds his mother murdered, he is placed with a loving family in temporary foster care until a permanent home is found. He is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family but it doesn’t take long for John to find out that all is not as it seems.

I found this to be a difficult but compelling read and the author had me completely sucked into the story. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction as it felt as if I was reading somebody’s hor
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Alison Willis
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought Mark Tilbury's books couldn't get anymore dark and depraved along comes A Prayer For The Broken.
When John finds his mother dead he is taken in by Pastor Stone and his family and his life will never be the same again! As I read of John's struggle to believe that he has been taken in by a very evil, sinister religious nutter I think I went through every emotion going. There is an undercurrent of malevolence throughout this book but there is also hope. I read this in one sitting
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Lesley
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this a very disturbing read, it’s very dark and depraved. His darkest by far. This book needs to come with a warning. It has bought out very mixed emotions in me. I feel emotionally shell shocked. It’s a harrowing read and It’s a book that stays with you
The boys characters are beautifully written and totally engaging.
my maternal instincts were in overdrive with Johns plight. It was heart wrenching stuff 😢 parts quite distressing to read, and had me in tears at one point.
There were a
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John
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've said this before, and I dare say I'll say it again, Tilbury just gets better and better. A Prayer For the Unbroken is undoubtably even betterer. I've had to invent a new word, betterer, to illustrate the originality of this dark psychological thriller that sets it apart from most of the others.
Eleven-year-old John McCormack having recently been orphaned after his mother had been murdered was finally placed with Pastor Ian Stone, after a short time in foster care. However, it became immediat
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Lynda
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to win a copy of this book and wasn’t sure what I was going to think, having read reviews of earlier books. What I did think was it was harrowing, twisted, sad but most of all only too believable.

The story revolves around John, an 11 year old boy whose mother, a ‘masseuse’ was murdered, leaving him homeless.

After a happy temporary placement he is taken to live with Pastor Stone, his wife and son and another orphan, Brendan. But this isn’t a happy home. The pastor and his son are both
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Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He's always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels publ
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