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The Broken Ones

Written by: Sarah A. Denzil
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A shadow follows Sophie. Watching. Waiting.

Her instinct tells her that it's someone she knows. But who? The man she met Internet dating? The nurse caring for her ill mother? Or is her mother faking her illness?

The only thing she knows is that she can't trust anyone. Sophie must delve into a dark history to reveal her stalker. But there are some stories that should never be told.

©2016 Sarah A. Denzil (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"So many interesting characters that I ended up suspecting them all, but then the story twists and you're like... what?! Loved it." (Shalini Boland, author of The Girl from the Sea)

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  • ReaderCT
  • 25-05-17

Boring

This one was Predictable and the reader was terrible. Skip this one and save yourself a credit.

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  • Krity
  • 16-11-16

No sure why this got such great reviews....

This was boring and weird. The narrator sounded like a little old grandmother. Yikes- don't even waste your time.

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  • Erin100
  • 16-12-16

Decent

Not so bad. Sofie is a woman with an abusive mother, a timid personality and a lonely life.
She begins to be stalked and the story leads to learning who is behind it.

While not exciting in anyway, it passes the time nicely and seemed to keep my interest.

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  • Shirley
  • 09-11-16

The Broken Ones

Kept my interest. Well written. I had the audible version and liked the narrator. The ending surprised me. I received the PDF version at no charge but paid for the audible version. The book is not the usual type of mystery but it is an enjoyable mysterious. I would like to read more books by this author.

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  • kwdayboise (Kim Day)
  • 18-06-17

A mystery with a Hitchcock atmosphere

An English school teacher spends her nights caring for her mother who is declining with early-onset Alzheimer's. It's not a happy chore, caring for a woman who was angry and cruel when she was a child and is no more pleasant under the burden of this disease.

Strange things begin to happen. Lost keys. A found button. Memories of a shadow friend. Her mother wakes in the dark hours telling of a presence in her room. 

Soon she learns that her mother carries a horrible secret.

Denzil has created a mystery in the Hitchcock tradition as strange events compile around a lonely woman. The reader is teased along wondering whether it's the mother, a man from an online dating site who she only met for tea, or is she the one doing these things with no memory? It has the feel and pace of a horror story until there's a sudden shift in the action and the ending may make you question your own feelings. In any case it's an unusual book that is an interesting and often spooky read. Your ultimate feeling about the book will probably depend on whether or not you accept the sudden change in action and the mystery's reveal. I won't spoil a bit of it for you but I'm still pondering the twist and the ending a few days after finishing the book.

Alison Larkin deserves particular praise for a really exceptional reading.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-04-17

Great Story!!

A must read from start to finish very exciting with a little twist. Kept me interested all the way through.

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  • Catalina OC
  • 07-04-17

Mind Bending Suspense

This is a great mind messing book. Not give to much away, you do feel sorry for the mane character and wonder the whole time if her mother has finally pushed her off the deep end. The ending is sickly satisfying.

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  • D.R. Curtis
  • 22-07-17

Suspenseful and brilliant reading

The story was refreshingly new and was brilliantly read by Alison Larkin. The Voice differentiation for characters was amazing. The story itself kept me hooked and I couldn't wait to finish the very last bit. Living with an Alzheimer patient is difficult and the author took you straight there.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 22-07-17

Pleasantly Surprised!

This audiobook was actually pretty good, with a nice little twist near the end, and for the most part, great narration, except for the fac

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  • ewock
  • 11-06-17

endings

good plot but character development poor for some. lately endings not solid, but let's reader decide.

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  • Miss Claire A Phipps
  • 01-10-17

Disappointing

I would have given up but since I paid I listened to the end. Very disappointing, the story was predictable and the narration annoying. The main character was meant to be 35 but sounded and acted more like 55. Perhaps the previous book by Sarah Denali was too good and expectations for this straight after were too high. Save to say I'm glad it's finished.

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  • MrsV Ridge
  • 28-08-17

A brilliant book

It keeps you guessing all the time is this person or is her her mother

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  • Rona morris
  • 05-11-17

Total thriller

Pulls you in you have to finish the book it grabs you bought for my holiday lasted 2 days

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  • Janet leslie
  • 16-08-19

A compulsive listen

All of the twists and turns keep you entralled. Great story of the highs and lows of friendships and family relationships and how they affect the lives of those conerned. Thought provoking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-19

Too long

An interesting story but too drawn out, so that I felt impatient several times while listening. There was a lot of unnecessary narrative, which is a shame as the concept of the story was interesting.

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  • Kevin Wells
  • 28-09-18

Gripped.

I finished this in a full six hour sitting, great story, had me gripped right until the end, great story, chilling too. Would recommend this!

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  • ms gillian
  • 22-05-18

Worth it

I liked the confusion of the sisters and the unkindness of the mother I did replay the last couple of chapters so I really understood the final decision of the sisters . Good read

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  • Fluffy
  • 16-01-18

Fabulous

From the dowdy start to a unifying conclusion - another twisting story. If you enjoyed Silent Child this will not disappoint.

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  • Kate
  • 01-01-18

Wow!!

What an amazing book!! Excellent storyline, excellent narration- what more can I say without telling the story? It's one of those (unfortunately rare) books which keeps the reader just flowing along without the need to keep flicking back to remind oneself what happened a few weeks ago - or who's who. This book is not trying to be too clever or deep - it's just a jolly good read and I would thoroughly recommend it.
P.S. Sarah - if you read this review, how about a sequel? Don't want to spoil it for others, but would love to know what happens next!!

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  • Lana
  • 22-03-17

good portrait of Alzhimers

I found this story to go on a little and drag out, the ending was a disappointment for the very long buildup to it. I won't be in a rush to read other books from this author.

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  • Calandra
  • 05-03-18

Enjoyable story

I enjoyed the story and narrator. Although I found it a little predictable, I listened to the end.

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  • Heather
  • 17-12-19

A great performance of a second rate book

I did not really enjoy the subject matter of the story which I thought was a bit grungy and thought the whole thing was improbable but the performance was outstanding

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  • elvie ellul
  • 26-07-19

Good daughter's33 Balyando Dr, Nerang, QLD 4211

Loved it cloundt pu t it down very gently od listing reamed it to a

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  • cecille
  • 02-07-18

the broken ones

beginning was hard to get into, almost gave up, but after that the story line was good.

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  • Sally-ann
  • 18-10-17

Frustration

Great concept for a story - gosh I hated the mother through the story - selfish woman right to the end - the first half of the book made me so annoyed - but once the twin was discovered I just wanted to know how it ended xx

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