She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by: J.D. Barker

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Description from Goodreads

A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only Barker could muster.

After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child–this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She’d creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after.

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn’t the first, and he knew it wouldn’t be the last. It was no different from the others. He’d find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject “D” waits, grows, learns. He’s permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.

All of them linked in ways unimaginable.

SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE conjures thoughts of early King and Koontz. A heart-pounding ride that creeps under your skin and will have you turning pages long into the night.

My Review

I will read anything that J.D. Barker writes. I don’t know how he does it but his writing transports me to wherever the story is. His descriptions and dialog captivate me. Even though this book is over 700 pages, I was so absorbed and didn’t want it to end. Jack Thatch is a character I am going to miss now that I have finished reading his story. I hope that he makes a reappearance in another book. I really connected with most of the characters in here and wanted to know each back story.

August 9th plays such a role in this story and it is just a date. The lives that are impacted by this one date are immense. It is not a terrorist event that reaches globally. It is a date on a calendar that causes the lives of people to change drastically. It’s funny because August 9th is my wedding anniversary!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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