Friday 24 June 2016

Breaker by Kat Ellis

The rope around my ankles burned, but it was a good burn. It meant I wouldn't plunge head-first onto the cobblestones four stories below - at least, as long as the roped didn't break. 
Published in May 2016 by Running Press Teen
304 pages
Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life. A year has passed since his serial killer father’s execution, and it finally looks like he has a chance to escape the stigma and fear that haunts him. 
Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom.
Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Kyle, but she doesn’t know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from.
Pretty soon, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and reliving the horrors of their past may be the only thing that can stop the spree.
Told in alternating viewpoints, Kat Ellis’s tale of mystery and horror is full of broken bonds and new beginnings.
The book is told in dual narrative which fits the tension perfectly. It allows us to get a clear picture of  two  very different sides of a story and keeps us nail biting in between the tension. I found I was so gripped by this book, I read it in two sessions.
I love the romantic sub plot within this book. By rights, Naomi and Karl shouldn't really be together as it's way too complicated and heartbreaking. Yet the instant chemistry that builds between Naomi and Karl is unstoppable. Karl is so sweet as he tries his hardest to pull away, desperate not to cause Naomi any more hurt than he already has.
The book is extremely gripping. The tension gathers quickly through the first few chapters and you find yourself desperate to find out who the killer is.
I was shocked and surprised by the final outcome. I honestly didn't expect it to end in the way it did.
There was a character who I felt we were left unsure about and it would have been good to find out there final outcome and motivation, but I can't name them as it would give away one of the suspects. However it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book.
A brilliant, nail biting drama that keeps you guessing until the end. 

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