It’s been five years since Mia and Brynn murdered Summer Marks, their best friend, in the woods
Increasingly obsessed with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn and by their fan-fiction imagining of its sequel, the girls were drawn by an undertow of fantasy into the magical world they’d created. But eventually, their delusions turned sick, and the Shadow, Lovelorn’s central evil, began to haunt them.
Or so the story goes. The only thing is: they didn’t do it
Brynn and Mia have both found different ways to hide from their notoriety, seeking refuge from a world that hates them-a world that will never feel magical, or safe, ever again.
On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as past and present, fiction and reality, begin again to intertwine, Brynn and Mia must confront painful truths they tried for so long to bury-and face the long shadow of memory that has, all this time, been waiting.
Obviously, the reviewer was extremely enthusiastic about this book which first drew me to it but then it was the detail of the plot and all the things she loved about it that made me want to buy it. The central premise for the plot sounds fascinating (teenage girls being drawn into murder by their obsession with an imaginary world, it immediately made me think of the movie, Heavenly Creatures) and the promise of not one, but possibly two, unreliable narrators was appealing. The idea of a book that is a whodunnit with lots of red herrings and twists and turns, plus a book within a book, all of the things the reviewer said she loved about it would be things that I would be attracted to in a book so I knew I had to get this one. Any book that The Orangutan gives five bananas too has to be worth a look, especially when it is described as earth-shattering.
I absolutely love The Orangutan Librarian blog. Firstly, anyone who names their blog after a character in the Discworld is a person on my wavelength from the get go and the content bears this out. The posts on the blog are an eclectic and fun mixture of book reviews, movie reviews, topical pieces and general chit chat, opinions, ranting and lists. I really love the lists. The author has a very similar sense of humour to my own, I love the often irreverent reviewing style and the fact they go off at a random tangent. Plus, they are not afraid of giving an opinion. I feel a really affinity with them and I always enjoy reading their blog posts. Make sure you go and check it out, if you enjoy my blog, I think you will like it. You can find the blog here.
If, like me, her review has tempted you to want to read Broken Things for yourself, you can buy a copy here.