Book Review: Broken Branches, by M. Jonathan Lee #brokenbranches

Publisher: Hideaway Fall

Publication date: 27th July 2017

Told through an alternating succession of earth-shattering circumstances this perceptive story has a mournfulness that leaves a lasting impression.

A forbidding legacy has swept through generations of the Perkin’s family. The very knowledge of its existence is an unsettling presence, like spotting the grim reaper boarding the same flight as you.

The idyllic, isolated Cobweb Cottage is all yours along with “a curse” and a sinister looking Sycamore tree intimidating everyone in it shadow with an accusatory branch. A wedge has come between the most recent occupiers causing them to sleep in separate rooms, barely exchanging words, so Ian Perkins, throws everything he can at uncovering the origin of his family’s torment, hopeful that his discoveries will heal what has broken.

Through atmospheric and eerie scenes the inescapable blight that affected his ancestors left an unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach. So much suffering has occurred, so much misery, so many loved ones pushed away; the circumstances may differ greatly, yet the bleakness that descends is the same on every occasion.

As a burdening obstacle impedes reality, inexplicable events occur to hinder Ian’s progress, forcing his melancholic wife to confront his relentless obsession for an inconsequential truth.

Broken Branches is a lament of psychological well-being, where the blueprint of grief is etched deep on the heart. This is now the second book I have read by this author and I’m certain it won’t be my last.

Rating:  4/5

(I received a copy of this title from the publisher, Hideaway Fall, and it is my pleasure to provide an unbiased review.)

(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

‘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.


(Courtesy of Author’s own website)

M. Jonathan Lee is an award winning English author. His debut novel, “The Radio” was nationally shortlisted in The Novel Prize 2012. His second novel, “The Page” went on to become the Amazon #5 most downloaded thriller. His third novel, the critically acclaimed “A Tiny Feeling of Fear” was released in September 2015. “Broken Branches”, his fourth novel, will be released by Hideaway Fall in Spring 2017.



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