By Lisa Unger
(Vintage, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345806079, 480pp.)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
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Kate has written a novel based on a tragic love story from her family’s past. Emily is a struggling waitress whose toxic relationship with the wrong man has led her to make a horrible, life-altering decision. Without knowing each other, and with lives that couldn’t be more different, they head to the same point on the map: Heart Island. It’s an idyllic place in the middle of an Adirondack lake, and home to harsh and unyielding matriarch Birdie Burke. These three women find themselves on a heart-wrenching collision course—with dark memories, restless ghosts and each other. And unbeknownst to them all, Heart Island has a terrifying history all its own.
Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. Her novels have sold over one million copies in the United States and have been translated into twenty-six different languages.
“Stellar. . . . Heartbroken should be on everyone’s summer to-read list. For best results, read it alone on an island on a dark and stormy night.” —USA Today (4 stars)
“Heartbroken has all the makings of a high-wire thriller. But it’s the twisted psyches of its main characters that really unsettle. . . . Unger expertly shows how quiet betrayals can rupture a life as deeply as an act of violence.” —People
“A can’t-put-down thriller interlaced with insightful family drama and echoes of Wuthering Heights.” —Family Circle
“Lisa Unger masterfully writes of the joys and frustrations of family life in her latest novel. . . . What makes [it] shine is the struggle of multidimensional characters with issues that all of us face but sometimes don’t want to acknowledge.” —Associated Press
“Suspenseful. . . . [Unger] keeps the tension high as she delves deep into each woman’s psyche, showing how the smallest decision can have far-reaching consequences.” —South Florida Sun Sentinel
“[An] insidious psychological thriller.” —Chicago Tribune
“A superb stylist. . . . Readers will be haunted for a long time by this profound and heart-pounding thriller.” —Florida Weekly
“Just in time to chill readers to the bone on some steamy summer night." —Tampa Bay Times
“Master storyteller Lisa Unger weaves a compelling plotline.” —Bookreporter
“Unger delivers compelling, fully drawn characters while at the same time putting the thrill in thriller. A first-class page-turner.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Unger skillfully builds the fissures of each of [her characters’] lives as she illustrates the power of the heart and the corrosive nature of lies.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of Unger’s best novels yet.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“A triumvirate of strong women pitted against a shared past and dangerous future. . . . Unger knows how to write a taut thriller.” —Kirkus