Clean Break by David Klein

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Klein presents strong and believable characters and this reads like a novel that would translate well for the screen.
-Izzy Reads


A riveting tale of psychological suspense about a woman who finds herself
in an impossible situation
     Lured by the hope of a better life for herself and her son, Celeste Vanek must
deal with the emotional and physical resistance of her compulsive gambler
husband when she asks for a divorce. Though she hopes she is on the verge of
making a clean break, her husband demands his family back, and things get
violent. Jake Atwood, who witnesses the shocking scene between Celeste and her
husband, struggles with his own emotional and ethical issues while attempting to
help Celeste escape her marriage. At the same time, Jake is involved with Sara, a
married and childless police detective who has a private agenda to pursue when a
crime is committed that links all of these characters together and changes their
lives forever. With heart-pounding suspense and brilliant psychological insight,
CLEAN BREAK will leave readers breathless.

About David Klein

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DAVID KLEIN is originally from Buffalo, NY; educated in the SUNY system and RPI; and has taught college-level writing in New York and California. He has published short fiction in literary journals. This is his second novel.

Author Residence: Upstate New York
Published June 5, 2012 by Broadway Books. 384 pages
Genres: Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Clean Break
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

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Reviewed by Vera on Jul 23 2012

...Klein’s novel comes across as very lazily written because he doesn’t allow readers to become fully immersed in the story by using their imaginations.

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Romancing the Book

Reviewed by Maria, on Jun 05 2012

...subject matter of this novel is rather grim, it’s far from a grim read. The writer’s easy style draws us in and we find ourselves caring for the characters as the story unfolds.

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She Knows

Reviewed by Lisa Steinke on Jun 06 2012

Utterly engrossing and suspenseful, Clean Break is a must-read.

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Reviewed by Kritter on Jun 07 2012

I was immediately swept away into Celeste's story and wanted to know how she was going to handle raising her son and dealing with an abusive relationship.

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Reviewed by Sara on Nov 28 2012

Psychological, suspenseful, engrossing, powerful, gripping …. there just aren’t enough words to describe Clean Break by David Klein.

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Izzy Reads

Reviewed by IzzyReads on Jun 10 2012

Klein presents strong and believable characters and this reads like a novel that would translate well for the screen.

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Reviewed by MIRIAM DOWNEY on Aug 26 2012

The tone of the conclusion of the book is positive, yet there is an undercurrent that lets us feel that there will never be a “clean break,” and that there is going to be a lot more to the story.

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Reviewed by Heather Godbout on Jul 17 2012

The title is a bit on-the-nose regarding the essential question of the story-is it possible to get a "clean break"? But each characters is, in their own way, trying to find a new way to be.

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