Today J A Warnock is here with a review of Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee.
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‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’
A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.
There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.
Broken Branches ~ Review By J A Warnock
I picked up ‘Broken Branches’ by M. Jonathan Lee with no preconceptions. There was no editorial brief, theme or genre to guide me just a paperback utterly dominated by a sinister looking tree. There is something strangely compelling about this book; my curiosity, at first piqued by this illustration, was sustained until the final page. ‘Broken Branches’ has an almost eerie feel throughout although a better word may be disconcerting. There is a tangible sense that everything is not what it seems but it is not entirely clear what is out of kilter. The rational part of my mind fought with the notion of a family curse or evil presence but my guessing and theorising as to a rational explanation was only partially correct. I love any book that keeps me perplexed and guessing so ‘Broken Branches’ gets a big gold star for that.
This is a cleverly written book which leads the reader through conflicting emotions and uncertainty at a nice pace and with an element of care. Cobweb Cottage is a setting that should be idyllic but feels isolated. The family feels burdensome and conflicted where it should be comforting. Time is a catalyst rather than a healer. The main characters compulsion to solve a mystery may be understandable but his paranoia, selfishness and insecurities taint the reader’s perceptions and draw their sympathies. It is not an easy book to live with but it is an easy book to read and that is a fantastic achievement. Well worth a read.
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