HALF BROKEN THINGS by Morag Joss
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Fiction - Psychological | Delacorte Press | Hardcover | September 2005 | $22.00 | 0-385-33940-2
Winner of the Prestigious Crime Writers' Association
Silver Dagger Award
"Psychological suspense of the highest order...brilliantly conceived.... This is a must-read."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Surrealistic, unsettling...made spookier by Joss' polite, poetic prose."
Entertainment Weekly (A-)
A gripping tale of such psychological suspense that "it might have been written by Ruth Rendell or Minette Walters" (The New York Times Book Review), HALF BROKEN THINGS is a novel that peers into the lives of three dangerously lost people...and the ominous haven they find when they find each other.
Jean is a house sitter at the end of a dreary career. Steph is nine months pregnant and on the run. And Michael is a thief. Through a mixture of deceit, good luck, and misfortune, these three damaged loners have come together at a secluded country home called Walden Manor. Now all three have found what they needed most: a new beginning, a little kindness, a little love. Living off the manor's riches, tending its grounds and gardens, they leave the outside world far behind and build a happiness so long denied them. That is, until the first unexpected visitor arrives...igniting a chain reaction that is at once spellbinding and disastrous.
A stunning, thought-provoking crime novel of chilling moral complexity, HALF BROKEN THINGS is a gripping, haunting exploration of love and our need for it, of the damage done when we go long without it, and the deeds we might be driven to in its name.
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