Broken River by J. Robert Lennon

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A modest house in upstate New York. One in the morning. Three people—a couple and their child—hurry out the door, but it’s too late for them. As the virtuosic and terrifying opening scene of Broken River unfolds, a spectral presence seems to be watching with cold and mysterious interest. Soon the house lies abandoned, and years later a new family moves in.

Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina, arrive from New York City in the wake of Karl’s infidelity to start anew. Karl tries to stabilize his flailing art career. Eleanor, a successful commercial novelist, eagerly pivots in a new creative direction. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Irina becomes obsessed with the brutal murders that occurred in the house years earlier. And, secretly, so does her mother. As the ensemble cast grows to include Louis, a hapless salesman in a carpet warehouse who is haunted by his past, and Sam, a young woman newly reunited with her jailbird brother, the seemingly unrelated crime that opened the story becomes ominously relevant.

Hovering over all this activity looms a gradually awakening narrative consciousness that watches these characters lie to themselves and each other, unleashing forces that none of them could have anticipated and that put them in mortal danger. Broken River is a cinematic, darkly comic, and sui generis psychological thriller that could only have been written by J. Robert Lennon.

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ISBN : 1555977723
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

May 10, 2017

This is a novel that carries a subtle air of atmospheric menace in its compelling narrative. It begins with a house in a town, Broken River, in upstate New York, where two brutal murders take place, and a spectral presence observes, whilst a young child hides. The killers are never caught but the...

LeAnne rated it ★★★★★

June 19, 2017

Here we go... There is a witness in the house that neither the panicked parents or their terrified 5 year old know about, yet is the only observer to the full tragedy as it plays out. Afterward, nobody of course wishes to rent or purchase this place where bad men came and death snuck in. Vagrants...

Jay rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

I was looking for a summer read, something suspenseful but smart; a page-turner that wasn’t ridiculously childish. Influenced by a very positive review in the New York Times from author, Jonathan Lethem, I gave Broken River a go. Right from the first page I found myself completely immersed in thi...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

Wow, what a cool read this was. It begins with a house in upstate New York in 2005. The couple living there is brutally murdered; only their young daughter survives. The crime remains unsolved. Inhabiting the house is an omnipresent Observer—somewhat of a ghost—who, from that point forward, will f...

Tim rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2017

This is certainly a different kind of story I found interesting. Although portions could have been handled differently, it was a worthwhile listen. The narration was good, except for the mispronunciation of the word, "often." The "t" is silent and costs an overall star. 7 of 10

Sian rated it ★★★★☆

April 11, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this and looked forward to reading it every day. It's super compelling and sort of a thriller, but not really, it more plays with being a thriller, hooking you in with questions, but then telling you the answers almost straight away. It has thriller/horror tropes but then...

Andrew rated it ★★★★★

March 17, 2017

Like a Coen Brothers film, Broken River is a strange world unto itself. It is the work of one of today's great unheralded masters of fiction writing at his most compelling and most innovative yet. Somehow, Lenon has achieved something ingenious and unimaginable: he has made the reader complicit i...

Sherri rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 30, 2017

After reading 70 pages, I'm throwing in the towel. Just didn't get it!

Laura Frey rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2017

This was great, really weird and dark, fucked up marriage, seedy motels, goths, drug dealers, all the elements I enjoy, plus some meta-commentary about reading and writing. If ONLY the 12 year old girl character had been more believable. She fell flat and she should have been the heart of this bo...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2017

Propulsive and intense. Reading this book was like watching a train you know is going to crash, in slow-motion. Inexorable and riveting, filled with wry observations.

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