Broken by Karin Fossum

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Awoman wakes up in the middle of the night. A strange man is in her bedroom. She lies there in silence, paralyzed with fear.The woman is an author and the man one of her characters, one in a long line that waits in her driveway for the time when she’ll tell their stories. He is so desperate that he has resorted to breaking into her house and demanding that she begin. He, the author decides, is named Alvar Eide, forty-two years old, single,works in a gallery. He lives a quiet, orderly life and likes it that way—no demands, no unpleasantness. Until one icy winter day when a young drug addict, skinny and fragile, walks into the gallery. Alvar gives her a cup of coffee to warm her up. And then one day she appears on his doorstep. Broken is an unconventional, subtle, and disturbing mystery from a master of the form.
 

About Karin Fossum

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KARIN FOSSUM is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series. Her recent honors include a Gumshoe Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery/thriller.
 
Published August 12, 2013 by Mariner Books. 277 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Even before he’s named Alvar Eide by the author whose attention he solicits, he offers due apologies for jumping to the head of the line among her imaginary offspring, ahead of the woman with the dead child whose story the author has been planning to tell.

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Scorcher's sister suffers from a debilitating mental illness that sends her scurrying for Scorcher's protective wing during the deepest troughs.

Aug 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Broken

The Washington Post

Yet Fossum gets inside Alvar's head with such sympathetic exactitude that when a manipulative female heroin addict shows up in his life and begins unleashing his emotions even as she drains his bank account, good-hearted readers will want to befriend Alvar, too.

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Dallas News

By MICHELLE JONES / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Nashville writer MiChelle Jones traveled through Denmark and Germany this summer.

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Reviewing the Evidence

A line of characters has formed outside a writer's house.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Some authors say they never outline a story or create character profiles, preferring instead to simply start writing and let the character and plot develop in real time, as it were.

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Bookmarks Magazine

She lies there in silence, paralyzed with fear.The woman is an author and the man one of her characters, one in a long line that waits in her driveway for the time when she’ll tell their stories.

Aug 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Broken

Curious Book Fans

After some discussion, the author is drawn into naming this man – Alvar Eide – and to ignoring the young woman who waits outside in favour of writing Alvar’s story.

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Broken

Book Geeks

This intriguing, daring novel is marketed as crime fiction (by which I mean it looks and feels as if it belongs in that genre) and is written by one of Norway’s leading crime novelists, but though a pivotal crime is committed, it radically subverts all generic expectations.

Dec 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Broken

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