Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee


Book Description:

‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

My Thoughts:

I loved the setting for this story. Who doesn’t dream of a lovely home out in the country? Sadly though every family that has lived there has suffered a tragedy.

The story jumps from past, to Ian’s childhood, to present day. Even though this was kind of done by each chapter alternating, there was nothing actually stating that it was past and present and personally I think it may have been better if there was some sort of header just to say as it was slightly confusing to begin with.

To start with everything is seemingly good for Ian and his family. Him and his wife are very much in love and they have the most adorable little boy, then we start to see cracks and that actually things arn’t as great as what they first seem. Ian begins trying to make sense of what is going on in his life in the hope of making things better for him and his family.

This isn’t some gripping suspense novel, which I don’t mean that in a bad way. The story is set at a slower pace so that you really get a sense of Ian and what is going on in his life. It’s almost like watching a car crash in slow motion. You know that something is going to happen and that the author is waiting until the end to deliver it to you. I have to admit that half way through though I knew what would be in store for me at the end. Sadly this kind of let it down for me as there was no shocks or surprises, just confirmation of what I already knew.

Broken Branches is a suspenseful read that I think a lot of readers will enjoy. There’s plenty going on in the story to keep the reader engaged and I look forward to reading more by the author.

My thanks to Hideaway Fall for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.

Broken Branches will be published on the 27th of July and will be available to purchase from Amazon.



  1. Nice review. I have a copy of this also from Hideaway Fall. I’m glad you mentioned the alternating time in chapters so I can be aware when I read it.
    The cover is lovely so I hope I enjoy it too. I wonder how many of us will guess like you did?

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    1. Thanks Amanda, not sure if it’s because i read a lot of books with twists or surprises that this spoils it for some future reads. I think for anyone who doesn’t it is sure to be a big hit with them. x

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