Half Broken Things

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Delacorte Press, 2005 - Fiction - 303 pages
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A gripping tale of psychological suspense perfect for the readership of Minette Walters and Ruth Rendell, 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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User Review  - Jodeneg - LibraryThing

This book really makes you feel an aching for the many people in this world that live this way. Everyone wants a family unit that will love you unconditionally and have your back. Read full review

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

In Half Broken Things by Morag Joss the psychological suspense builds slowly until it reaches a fever pitch by the end of the book. This is a story of three lonely and obviously slightly disturbed ... Read full review


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Morag Joss grew up on the west coast of Scotland. She began writing in 1996, when her first short story won an award in a national competition. She then wrote three Sara Selkirk novels, set in Bath, and with her fourth novel, Half Broken Things, she won the 2003 CWA Silver Dagger Award. Her work has been translated into several languages. Morag Joss lives in the country outside the city of Bath and in London, where she is at work on her next novel, Puccini’s Ghosts.

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