Author : M. Jonathan Lee
Title : Broken Branches
Pages : 294
Publisher : Hideaway Fall
Publication date : July 27, 2017
‘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.
Following a family tragedy, Ian returns to the cottage where he grew up. Convinced a curse is responsible, he digs deep to unearth various events in his family’s past to create a family tree. But curses don’t exist, do they?
First of all, let me just say how much I liked the fact that the title doesn’t just refer to the humongous Sycamore tree by the cottage but also to the various broken branches of the family that Ian is investigating. One of those I feel could have been explored more as I’d love to have known what happened to ruin the relationship between Ian and his brother. Unless I missed something? It’s totally possible.
I’m not one for anything involving a supernatural element, normally. So I was a little hesitant about picking this one up. However, I quickly found myself enjoying this story and when the supernatural vibe made an appearance, it had me wondering if it wasn’t something else entirely. Ultimately, Broken Branches is about grief and loss, how it affects relationships and how families deal with it.
Some of the story switches to events in the past, which provide a great backstory but I feel those could have been done slightly different, maybe with a header, as it wasn’t always obvious and I sometimes got a bit confused until I read further along the page. Nevertheless, it was really well written and the slower pace worked like a charm. While I had an inkling of where it was going, despite a few twists and turns, the author managed to hold my attention to the very end with the level of intrigue. All in all, and maybe slightly to my surprise, which is always a good thing, I found this to be quite an enjoyable mystery!
Many thanks to Hideaway Fall for my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly!
Broken Branches will be published on July 27th.