Broken Branches – Review

Broken Branches - Review by M Jonathan LeeBroken Branches – Review

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

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this gothic, gorgeous cover! It’s creepy and it draws you in, wondering what you should expect.


Alright. So this book, it’s a slow builder. It took me a while to actually get into it. I put it down a few times before I forced myself to read it. In the end, I’m glad I did. 

Broken Branches is beautifully written; that is one thing I adored about this book. The details were so vivid, sometimes over the top, but it was captivating. The writing style was probably the best thing about Broken Branches.

One thing I disliked about this book was how slow it went. I tend to like my books with a more faster pace. The book has a slow pace for a reason. It gives you a feel for the characters, and it gives the reader a chance to really know them before getting into the story. The story progressed and the more I felt bad for Ian and his family.

As for the story itself, I liked the dual perspectives, but I would have liked to have chapter headers to distinctly show when it was time for the flashback. There were times when I would be absorbed into the story that I would forget about the other point of view. I would turn into the next chapter and I would spend the next page or two confused as to where I was. Then it would dawn on me, and by the time I could get absorbed in it, it would fly by and I was pushed into the present. Don’t get me wrong. I love dual perspectives, just with a little heads up.

Overall, this was a neat book. I am glad I read it, even though it did take me quite a while to get into it. Just don’t go into this book expecting it to be a gripping, fast-paced thriller; I was a tad disappointed by that.


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