What if you lost the memory of who you are? What if you had to pick up the loose ends of life that wasn’t yours? What if you had to fight somebody else’s battles? What would YOU do ?

Camilla’s life will never be the same after her beloved son Christopher is sent to prison. Father Joseph’s faith is sorely tested when a deranged psychopath uses the sanctity of the confessional to gloat about his most heinous crimes. Both Camilla and Joseph are paralysed by doubt and inaction. But then their lives collide…

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BROKEN explores where it takes a stranger to break through one’s bindings and inhibitions in order to do the right thing. It is a story of a mother’s love for her son and a priest’s blind adherence to the seal of confession. It is a story about Fate’s intervention.

My Review

I adored this book. I read it in two days – I even woke up in the middle of the night and read a few chapters. I just couldn’t put it down. The old cliche but so true.

It starts off like many other books, following the lives of the two main characters. Camilla, a bored middle aged housewife, is married to stuffy barrister Hugh. Their son, Christopher, has been convicted of fraud and sentenced to a lengthy time in prison. He blames his accomplice, but she can’t defend herself as she took an overdose.

Joseph is a Catholic priest at The Sacred Heart Church in a run-down area. Some of his parishioners, particularly the odious Mrs Keating, are smug and holier-than-though and believe that he should not be employing Jane Cuthbert as his cleaner. Poor Jane has had to resort to prostitution as her second job to put her son through university.

Father Joseph owns a barge, which he has renovated from scratch, and he enjoys a drink or five with fellow boat-dwellers Ruthie, her dad, Loki and Jeremiah. He doesn’t actually live on his boat, but he does stay there from time to time.

Camilla’s grandson lives with his mum and her partner Peter, but they are going on honeymoon to Australia for a month, so seven-year-old Joshua has to stay with Camilla, Hugh, and Hugh’s sister Auntie Yvonne. Christopher is obviously out of action for a while, the ‘cheating – thieving bastard’ as Peter calls him.

In the meantime, Father Joseph is getting nervous about one of his regular visitors to the confessional. He calls him the Prophet because he fancies himself a holy man. “‘I’ll be back,’ he says like he is the second coming of Arnold Schwarzenegger”. He is proud of what he has done and will continue to do. He knows he is protected by a Catholic priest’s seal of confession. He is evil but there is nothing Joseph can do. I have to admit that I guessed who he was pretty early on, but it didn’t spoil anything as this isn’t a whodunnit and his identity isn’t that important to the story.

Then one day the two lives collide in a most extraordinary way. I don’t want to say any more. This is the unusual twist and I loved it. The story became different and unique. You may believe that what happens is real or you may see it as a metaphor for the awakening of two souls ‘paralysed by doubt and inaction’. It really doesn’t matter either way. It’s just brilliant.

Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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Website: https://annalegat.com/

Buy Links
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/BROKEN-unsettling-domestic-thriller-guaranteed-ebook/dp/B09SRCGYRQ
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/BROKEN-unsettling-domestic-thriller-guaranteed-ebook/dp/B09SRCGYRQ

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