The Broken by Tamar Cohen
Best friends don’t tell lies. They don’t take up residence on your couch for weeks. They don’t call lawyers. They don’t make you choose sides.
Best friends don’t keep secrets about their past. They don’t put you in danger.
Best friends don’t always stay best friends.
On the 14th July I posted on the blog that I had won two books courtesy of Doubleday and the #bookadayuk Twitter hashtag theme. The Broken was one of those two books.
I have to admit to it being the first Tamar Cohen book that I have read. I shall be reading more – and not just the other book that I won during the bookaday challenge.
It was really bizarre reading. I don’t normally go for the more psychological thrillers, I’m more of a, lets see the murder or crime and get on with it reader. But this book just seemed to drag me in little by little. It was sly, I didn’t notice it happening. I was reading this book about two couples who had become friends because they had a child of the same age each and one of the couples, their marriage started to break down. I was enjoying what I was reading. The writing was incredibly insightful, of relationships between friends, couples with young children, and parenting. I was intrigued as to how this would play out. The prose was wonderful to read and I was enjoying the book.
Then it happened, I looked at the book, looked at the clock and realised I couldn’t put the book down. There just wasn’t a chance it was going to leave my hands until I had got to the end.
The tension had been ramped up. The behaviours and relationships were becoming stretched thin and yet the people within them didn’t seem capable of doing anything to stop what was happening and the strange thing was, I could completely see how that would happen.
Yes I found the character of Sasha annoying but if you’re the kind of person who is kind and who believes this person is a friend and it makes you anxious to say no, then the situations were absolutely believable. You really don’t need to leave your disbelief at the door to read this book and that’s what makes it such a great book.
If like me, you don’t read psychological thrillers often, then I can very easily recommend this as a starting point. A great read that will have you hooked before you know it.