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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780151013661
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Fossum Karin
Characteristics: 265 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barslund, Charlotte


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Nov 30, 2017

I read the ending and couldn't read another book for weeks. It was excellent. Fossum creates characters that stay with you, stories that linger pass the final words. Highly recommended.

melwyk Feb 21, 2013

Fossum creates meta-fiction with elements of the Scandinavian crime novels she's known for, resulting in a fantastic book. The author interacting with her character and revealing the fact that she can't give him the storyline that he wants is sad and yet strangely believable. A great read.

Jan 27, 2013

Not for everybody. Serious focus on the psychological mystery writing process; definitely not the common Fossum genre of the troubled, aging Mankell-type murder detective.

Nov 06, 2012

Not as good as her usual writing, a bit contrived. OK read

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

This chilling novel of psychological suspense from Norwegian writer Karin Fossum has a metafictional twist that renders her dark take on human nature completely irresistible.

Nov 28, 2010

Awww . . . this book was sad! I thought it was interesting how the author formated the book. Even though it was sad, it was a really good read!

Aug 22, 2010

Without giving anything away, I guess I was expecting a bit of a different ending but that doesn't matter because the author accomplished what she wanted to do, which is stated earlier in the book. The story was very intriguing and I enjoyed it! =)


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