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Broken: A Novel

A book by Travis Thrasher.

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Great Story That's Earned Thrasher a New Fan

  • May 28, 2010
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Laila lived a charmed life. She had a loving family, was wealthy, and strikingly beautiful, but at the age of fifteen, one night changed everything. That one defining moment instigated a string of choices that led to her current predicament. Six months ago she shot a man and fled her life as a call girl in Chicago to begin anew in Greenville, South Carolina. Unfortunately, her past caught up with her. The brother of the man she shot wants a lot of money to compensate for his loss. Though her family is capable and willing to pay the money, she refused to call them believing she can disappear again.

Meanwhile Laila's brother, Lex, has learned she's in trouble. He doesn't know exactly what has happened or even where she is, simply that he needs to find her and try to help her. His search eventually leads him to the only friend Laila has made during the six months in her new home, a co-worker, Kyle. Both are determined to help her and both are willing to risk their lives for her, but the question remains why? In a powerfully gripping, intense story, supernatural elements emerge as both sides fight for Laila.

It is early in the year, but Broken is definitely going to be in my top ten favorites for 2010. It's been awhile since I've read a book this intriguing, suspenseful, and haunting. It is a fantastic story and one that has earned Thrasher a new fan.

There is a feel to this story from the beginning that things are just a little off. There is a mystery that surrounds Laila and Thrasher does a great job of revealing it a little bit at a time. We never find out the complete story, but what we do find out about her life is fascinating. Her story is dark and brooding, filled with violence and despair. This is not a happy story. While it does offer hope, the majority is anything but hopeful. It has an oppressive atmosphere and succeeds in helping the reader to feel Laila's isolation and hopelessness. Being a Christian for so long, it's often times hard to remember what it's like to be without God, to be without hope. Broken immerses the reader into those feelings of loneliness and separation from God with masterful writing and raw emotion.

Broken has a wonderful array of characters, but the best is Laila. There is little reason for the reader to like her. She's beautiful, but cold. She has a wonderful guy ready to win her love, but she can't overcome her fears and doubts. She had the opportunity to live a charmed life and fled. Underneath her choices and attitude though, we get a touching look at this totally broken young lady. By seeing Laila's life, the reader gets a better grasp of the chain of events that can lead to personal devastation and hopelessness. This is a fictional story, obviously, but much of it is true. That's what makes this story powerful. Fiction grounded in a harsh cold reality that many live in and through. When Thrasher created Laila, he made a broken young lady, devoid of hope, that's not too difficult to find in the real world.

From beginning to end Broken is a gripping story. The characters are alive, the writing is wonderful, and the story excellent. The themes are modern and relevant. The action is intense, the setting dark and haunting. The supernatural and spiritual elements were worked into the story well and enhanced the book. I really can't say enough about Broken--it is absolutely fantastic.

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review by . May 26, 2010
   Broken is one of the few novels I've read in a horror genre so read my comments in that light whether you are a horror fan or not.       Travis Thrasher writes complicated characters with page-turning tension. Broken is written in the 3rd-person-present-tense point-of-view that is at times difficult to read but one that amps up the tension. As with the other horror books I've read, there are several moments within Broken that had me looking over my shoulder or responding …
review by . May 19, 2010
"Broken" was...surreal. Weird. Creepy. Depressing. Not to mention disjointed and confusing. It's a fast-paced suspense novel, but it was hard to be worried when I sometimes had no idea what was going on. I'd actually call "Broken" a horror novel. The author mixed nightmares, reality, and supernatural until I wasn't sure what was happening. Granted, the author was probably trying to make the reader feel what it was like inside Laila's head, but for much of the novel we're not really in her head but …
review by . May 26, 2010
posted in Christian Fiction
Broken by Travis Thrasher is another profound and disturbing novel by an author who is quickly becoming known for works like this. Laila Torres has spent the last several years of her life running from something, and her flight became vital six months ago when she killed a man. Now she's on the run and hunted by several men, all who want something different from her, but she's seeing and hearing things that make her feel like she's losing her mind. What do you do when there's nowhere left to run? …
review by . May 26, 2010
Broken is one of the few novels I've read in a horror genre so read my comments in that light whether you are a horror fan or not.    Travis Thrasher writes complicated characters with page-turning tension. Broken is written in the 3rd-person-present-tense point-of-view that is at times difficult to read but one that amps up the tension. As with the other horror books I've read, there are several moments within Broken that had me looking over my shoulder or responding to hair-raising …
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A little bit about me. I read primarily Christian fiction. My favorites are suspense, with supernatural elements always being a plus. I most enjoy books that will keep me thinking well after I'm done … more
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"Thrasher just keeps getting better." (Publishers WeeklyonGhostwriter)

"Thrasher . . . demonstrates a considerable talent for the horror genre. Like Stephen King, Thrasher pits flawed but likable characters against evil forces that at first seem escapable but gradually take on a terrifying ubiquity." (Publishers WeeklyonIsolation)

"Ghostwritertwists like a corkscrew. It's a page-turner-and I didn't see the ending coming." (Meg Gardiner, author ofThe Dirty Secrets Club)

"Travis Thrasheris truly one of my favorite authors. Here he creates a new twist on the classic ghost story, blending elements of the supernatural together with real-life horror.Ghostwriteris a moving story about love, loss, and the creative forces that drive people to madness." (Sigmund Brouwer, bestselling author ofBroken Angel)

"Isolationproved that Thrasher has what it takes to scare the wits out of his audience while challenging them at the same time.Ghostwritertakes Thrasher's writing to a whole new level of terror and heart. . . .Ghostwriteris the kind of gem that comes along far too seldom; displaying the kind of writing that deserves to be devoured by the masses." (Jake Chism, TheChristianManifesto.com)

"Each time I read a novel by Travis Thrasher, I close the cover and tell myself that was his best. But I find it hard to imagine that Thrasher is going to be able to surpassBrokeneasily....the story literally drove me to tears...The...
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ISBN-10: 0446505552
ISBN-13: 978-0446505550
Author: Travis Thrasher
Publisher: FaithWords

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