Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Review: Broken by Travis Thrasher
Laila had everything a girl could want. She was wealthy, beautiful and living a charmed life. Laila wanted more, and as a young rebellious teenager she has made many mistakes. She abandoned her family, and vowed to make her way in the world. After many wrong turns, she's now a young woman on the run. She's broken, shattered and running away from a horrendous, disgraceful past. While working as a call girl, she was forced to shoot and kill a man when he threatened her own life. As much as she tried to run away, the memories and the guilt remain with her. To make matters worst, strange things have been happening to her, and she knows she's in danger. She's in a different town trying to start over and live a normal life but you can never forget the past. She afraid, and petrified. A stranger has been stalking her, and he admits that he knows what she did. She knows he wants something from her but she doesn't know what, he prefers to play games and keep her guessing. While he is following her everywhere, she has been seeing her dead victim everywhere. How can he be appearing in front of her if she killed him? Can anyone help her? She hasn't spoken to her family in years, and she doesn't believe they would want to help her. Laila is lonely, she has no hope, no faith and she's constantly living in terror. Will she survive or give up? Everyone has their limitations...
There were times when I loved this novel, and other times I felt like I was forcing myself to read it. Travis is constantly changing point of views, and I felt that there was an issue with the flow. It felt forced, and challenging. I wanted to like Laila but I could not relate to her. Broken was an uncomfortable read, I felt like Laila was an unreliable witness. She withheld so much information. As each new character was introduced, I was confused trying to figure out why they were in the story. I was not comfortable with the supernatural aspects of the story. I found them unbelievable and the story less credible. I'm not even sure the Christian Fiction element was relevant. I felt like it was more supernatural and out of place. As a thriller, I enjoyed it but there was something missing. I wanted more, and I was left unsatisfied