Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein where a young couple's undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.
The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.
Wow...I'm just a little bit speechless. Broken was magnificent!
This book was so good, I'm in awe of it.
Frankenstein is a story that hasn't had any retellings yet, so, when I heard about Broken, I was definitely willing to give it a chance. And I'm so glad I did. You'd think that a story as horrific as Frankenstein would be difficult to do, but this author not only did it, but hit it right out of the ball park.
The title is very appropriate for this book. Both of the main character really are broken. And you can really feel it. But, worry not. Just because they are broken, doesn't mean they can't be fixed.
Emma was a character that you can really connect to, really sympathize for. Her boyfriend recently died and her grief is palpable. But she doesn't just throw up her hands and give up on life. She sucks it up and does her best to continue on and try to move past such a horrible loss. She's remarkably strong. She's also very clever. There are little hints along the way of what is going on with Alex and the craziness that his father is up to. She's smart enough to actually pick up on those hints, unlike some other heroines. When she does find out the truth, she reacts in an understandable way, but she's not hateful about it. She's not only strong and clever, but she's also nice. See? A heroine anyone can like.
Alex was swoon-worthy. I don't just mean by his good looks, which are very good despite the scarring all over him. I also mean that he is SO incredibly sweet it made be jealous of Emma. He's very protective of her and just adorable to her. Their relationship, despite the obstacles, is as sweet a sugar. He's not part of what his father is doing and he's really the biggest victim in it. It would be kind of upsetting to find out some of your body parts aren't yours. Seeing what he goes through because of his father's madness really gave me a soft-spot for him. I adored Alex. He's made it to my list of favorite heroes.
The story was amazing. Their was a dark undercurrent of horror throughout the book, one that will give you goosebumps. But there is still enough lighter emotions and events that keep Broken from becoming too heavy. A perfect balance, I would say. The plot moves quickly and the ending was perfect.
I ADORED Broken. Absolutely adored it. It was honestly one of the best books I've read this year.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!