Broken River

Broken River

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina, arrive from New York City in the wake of Karl's infidelity to start anew. Karl tries to stabilize his flailing art career. Eleanor, a successful commercial novelist, eagerly pivots in a new creative direction. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Irina becomes obsessed with the brutal murders that occurred in the house years earlier. And, secretly, so does her mother. As the ensemble cast grows to include Louis, a hapless salesman in a carpet warehouse who is haunted by his past, and Sam, a young woman newly reunited with her jailbird brother, the seemingly unrelated crime that opened the story becomes ominously relevant. Hovering over all this activity looms a gradually awakening narrative consciousness that watches these characters lie to themselves and each other, unleashing forces that none of them could have anticipated and that put them in mortal danger" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781555977726
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 15, 2018

A family trying to make a fresh start buys a house in small town rural America. The house has been uninhabited for a time due to a double murder that took place some years previously. Struggling to make a go of their new life the family unknowingly awaken the interest of those connected to the murder leading to a terrible series of events. I found this book hard to put down. The last couple of chapters were really as captivating as they were awful.

Jul 27, 2017

I wish I could say anything positive about this book. MPR is hyping this book because of their relationship to Graywolf Press. There is nothing redeeming about this book from its intense cliche to its overt symbolism. I'm disappointed I fell for MPR's clickbait.

Jul 01, 2017

This felt like such a rip-off of Amityville from page one that every time I went to Goodreads to search for it, I typed "Amityville" in the Search field. Like, come on, Mr. Lennon. I found the writing to be dry, stilted, boring, and couldn't wrap my head around the awkward plot device of the "observer", which is some poorly-constructed supernatural entity watching the events unfold in this house. Just bad, and not even in a good way. I gave it two stars just because I'm feeling generous.

I'm so disillusioned with fiction right now, it's no wonder my non-fiction pile is growing while my fiction pile continues to disappoint and shrink.


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