Monday 27 October 2008

Book ~ "Broken" (2008) Daniel Clay

From Amazon ~ Part narrated by Skunk Cunningham, an eleven-year-old girl in a coma, Broken tells the intertwining stories of three families who live in a suburban square in the south of England. The Oswalds – Bob and his five daughters – are the neighbors from hell. They lie, steal, cheat, bully and intimidate anyone unlucky enough to be anywhere near them, including Rick Buckley, a geeky but harmless nineteen-year-old boy who lives with his mum and dad on the other side of the square. Humiliated publicly by the Oswalds in the early stages of the novel, Rick descends into madness and becomes the Broken of the title. Skunk, her brother Jed and their new friend Dillon become fascinated with what’s happened to Broken which, in turn, leads to Skunk ending up in the coma from which she narrates the story.

This is an odd and strangely engrossing book ... and I really enjoyed it.

All the stories are indeed intertwined and none of them are happy.

The author has an interesting writing style that I enjoyed.

If you are looking for something dark and different, you should check it out.

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