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A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door. Fleeing Brooklyn with little more than a suitcase and her trusty dog, Lucy King heads to rustic Woodstock, New York, eager to lose herself in a quiet life where her past can never find her. But when she meets Vera an A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door. Fleeing Brooklyn with little more than a suitcase and her trusty dog, Lucy King heads to rustic Woodstock, New York, eager to lose herself in a quiet life where her past can never find her. But when she meets Vera and John, the alluring couple next door, their friendship proves impossible to resist. Just as Lucy starts to think the worst is behind her, the couple delivers a staggering bombshell: they, too, need to escape their troubles -- and the only way they can begin their new life is if Lucy helps them fake John's death. Afraid to lose her newfound support system, Lucy reluctantly conspires with them to stage an "accidental" death on a hike nearby. It's just one little lie to the police, after all, and she knows a thing or two about the importance of fresh starts. But what begins as an elaborate ruse turns all too real when John turns up dead in the woods the morning after their hike. Now, Lucy must figure out who she can trust and who's pulling the strings of her tenuous new life... before she takes the fall for murder.


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A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door. Fleeing Brooklyn with little more than a suitcase and her trusty dog, Lucy King heads to rustic Woodstock, New York, eager to lose herself in a quiet life where her past can never find her. But when she meets Vera an A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door. Fleeing Brooklyn with little more than a suitcase and her trusty dog, Lucy King heads to rustic Woodstock, New York, eager to lose herself in a quiet life where her past can never find her. But when she meets Vera and John, the alluring couple next door, their friendship proves impossible to resist. Just as Lucy starts to think the worst is behind her, the couple delivers a staggering bombshell: they, too, need to escape their troubles -- and the only way they can begin their new life is if Lucy helps them fake John's death. Afraid to lose her newfound support system, Lucy reluctantly conspires with them to stage an "accidental" death on a hike nearby. It's just one little lie to the police, after all, and she knows a thing or two about the importance of fresh starts. But what begins as an elaborate ruse turns all too real when John turns up dead in the woods the morning after their hike. Now, Lucy must figure out who she can trust and who's pulling the strings of her tenuous new life... before she takes the fall for murder.

30 review for All the Broken People

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 stars "It started out with a kiss How did it end up like this? It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss" - The Killers, "Mr. Blindside" Lucy was just looking for a fresh start when she moved to Woodstock, NY, and met her next-door neighbors, Vera and John. She is instantly drawn to them and begins to feel safe and secure. She fled from an abusive relationship in Brooklyn and had hopes of lying low, but now that she has friends, the trio begins to spend all their time together. One day Vera let 4.5 stars "It started out with a kiss How did it end up like this? It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss" - The Killers, "Mr. Blindside" Lucy was just looking for a fresh start when she moved to Woodstock, NY, and met her next-door neighbors, Vera and John. She is instantly drawn to them and begins to feel safe and secure. She fled from an abusive relationship in Brooklyn and had hopes of lying low, but now that she has friends, the trio begins to spend all their time together. One day Vera lets it slip that the couple wants to pull a "Van Gogh" as they too want/need to escape their troubles. Lucy wants to be a good friend; she treasures their friendship, so she reluctantly agrees to help the couple stage an accidental death. But what happens when John turns up dead??? This was an engaging book full of twists and turns. This was a fun ride that grabbed me from page one and held on the entire way. The author did a great job of showing all of Lucy's thoughts, insecurities, motives, etc. I loved that even when I thought I knew what was going on, Konen still had a couple of tricks up her sleeve. This was an absorbing page-turner that had the shocks coming one after the other at the end. This was my first book by Leah Konen but it will not be my last. I found this book to be perfectly paced, brilliantly plotted, and a riveting page-turner. Konen also scores big points for pulling off her reveals without anything coming out of left field. I loved that everything was plausible and ultimately made sense. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    Lucy King flees Brooklyn to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. She tells no one where's she's headed as she attempts to vanish without a trace. Lucy moves into a house in Woodstock hoping to settle into an unobtrusive, quiet, invisible life, but when her irresistible neighbor Vera invites her over to dinner Lucy can't seem to say no. Soon Lucy, Vera, and her husband John are inseparable - an odd but tight-knit threesome dining and hiking together almost daily. As Lucy remains diligent about her own Lucy King flees Brooklyn to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. She tells no one where's she's headed as she attempts to vanish without a trace. Lucy moves into a house in Woodstock hoping to settle into an unobtrusive, quiet, invisible life, but when her irresistible neighbor Vera invites her over to dinner Lucy can't seem to say no. Soon Lucy, Vera, and her husband John are inseparable - an odd but tight-knit threesome dining and hiking together almost daily. As Lucy remains diligent about her own security, she never stops looking over her shoulder for her ex and soon comes to realize that she's grown dependent on her neighbors. As time passes, Lucy's surprised at how hostile the people in Woodstock are toward John. When the couple confides in Lucy and ask for her help in staging a "Van Gogh" disappearance for John, she's hesitant but how can she say No? When the staged accident goes awry and what was supposed to be an unsolved disappearance turns into a murder investigation, tensions rise, secrets are spilled, and Lucy finds herself on the hot seat. What happened? All The Broken People is one wild, crazy, delusive trip! From beginning to end, I read at a furious pace trying to keep up with everything going down in this island town. Accusations fly, threats are hurled, betrayals uncovered, secrets kept . . . until they're not. The setting is picture perfect and the pace is like flames chasing a fresh trail of gasoline. The fire is hot and furious and you just know there's going to be a big, shocking explosion when it all comes together in the end. Konen created a unique cast of characters led by an unreliable narrator that tempts readers into a complex maize of events and possibilities - and then abandons them with the dilemma of figuring out "who done it". It's been awhile since I've maneuvered such a curvy, twisted plotline, and I can tell you I changed directions several times before I escaped that maize by figuring out what was going on. I was right in the end, but that fact in no way diminished the intensity of this anxiety inducing thriller. This author's writing will keep you entranced and searching for answers until the very end. All The Broken People is a tense, gripping, all-consuming Domestic Thriller that I highly recommend. Fans of mystery, suspense, and thrillers (especially Domestic Thrillers) are going to love this one! *Special thanks to G.P. Putnam's Sons of Penquin Random House for an arc of this book via Netgalley. **Review posted at: Cross My Heart Reviews

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    Leah Konen hits it out of the park with her debut suspense, All the Broken People, in which a faked death goes horribly awry. Konen delivers with Lucy, who escapes to rustic Woodstock for a fresh start, only to discover her new neighbors are harboring disturbing secrets of their own. A sly, up-all-night thriller that ends with a surprising bang.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    4 stars Thank you to Cassie at G.P. Putnam for allowing me to claim this ARC through NetGalley. Publishes 6/30/2020. Leah Konen is a new author to me, but she sure caught my attention. Her style is smooth, good writing, and moving story. Right from the first page I needed to read further. This book held my interest all the way through, always urging me to read on. And just when I thought I had figured the mystery out - twice actually -I again, was surprised. Lucy runs from her big city life and 4 stars Thank you to Cassie at G.P. Putnam for allowing me to claim this ARC through NetGalley. Publishes 6/30/2020. Leah Konen is a new author to me, but she sure caught my attention. Her style is smooth, good writing, and moving story. Right from the first page I needed to read further. This book held my interest all the way through, always urging me to read on. And just when I thought I had figured the mystery out - twice actually -I again, was surprised. Lucy runs from her big city life and hides in Woodstock New York. In a small cabin, way out in the wilderness. She meets her neighbors Vera and John. It appears that all three people have found what they were looking for - a best friend. Until Lucy starts to hear rumors. All three of these people are running. Each one has their own cross to bare. And as they plan an escape - which includes John's death - things turn all too real. Then in hindsight Lucy must determine who is telling the truth and who wants to put the blame on her. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and will read more of Leah Konen's books in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The premise of this one totally sucked me in, faking someone’s death just sounds like the worst idea ever and you just know that nothing will go off as planned, right?! On top of that, Lucy has a shadowy past and the relationship dynamics between her and her new neighbors, Vera and John just intrigued me to no end. It definitely had me gripped and felt like a pretty solid domestic thriller. This is one of those tricky thrillers that I figured would be pretty predictable and average at best the wh The premise of this one totally sucked me in, faking someone’s death just sounds like the worst idea ever and you just know that nothing will go off as planned, right?! On top of that, Lucy has a shadowy past and the relationship dynamics between her and her new neighbors, Vera and John just intrigued me to no end. It definitely had me gripped and felt like a pretty solid domestic thriller. This is one of those tricky thrillers that I figured would be pretty predictable and average at best the whole time I was reading it. It was definitely compulsive and entertaining, I just assumed I knew exactly where things were headed and I was dead wrong which is always the best! The ending was solid and threw me for a loop (or two) and I found it to be really clever in the end. It made me appreciate the whole book all the more with one of those, ok I see what you did there moments with a really fantastic reveal. Definitely recommended if you’re tired of thrillers all feeling the same, this one was pretty original.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Bartz

    This fast-paced but nuanced thrill ride grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go. With spare, haunting prose, a tense and richly wrought setting, intricate plotting, and twists that would make Hitchcock himself gasp, All the Broken People is a masterful debut. Thriller fans, meet your new favorite author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Doherty

    Such a great read - I couldn't put it down! Konen keeps you guessing up until the last line - which is such a WOWZERS of a last line~! If you love who-done-it suspense you need to pre-order this one now :D Galley borrowed from the publisher.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

    4.5 STARS. Thank you so much to Putnam Books for the gifted copy ✨ This book was SO GOOD. I had really high hopes for this book because I had already seen a lot of great reviews and it completely blew me away 🙌🏼 All the Broken People releases next week (Out 6/30) and you guys definitely need this one! This book starts off with a bang and I LOVE when thrillers hook me right from the beginning. I was fascinated by the story from the very first chapter and I couldn’t wait to see what else was going 4.5 STARS. Thank you so much to Putnam Books for the gifted copy ✨ This book was SO GOOD. I had really high hopes for this book because I had already seen a lot of great reviews and it completely blew me away 🙌🏼 All the Broken People releases next week (Out 6/30) and you guys definitely need this one! This book starts off with a bang and I LOVE when thrillers hook me right from the beginning. I was fascinated by the story from the very first chapter and I couldn’t wait to see what else was going to happen! I absolutely love when thrillers not only have a super intriguing plot, but also each of the characters. I was SO invested in this story because I wanted to learn more about the characters and how everything was going to come together in the end. This book was truly so entertaining from the very beginning and there was never a dull moment! I often found myself so lost in the story that I wasn’t even actively trying to figure out the end, which is when you know it’s a good book 😝🙌🏼 The only very minor issue I had with this book was that the ending wasn’t *as* shocking as I was hoping it would be. The build up was so fantastic that I was hoping for a more explosive ending, but it was still very satisfying nonetheless ☺️ You guys definitely need this book and it would be the PERFECT summer thriller! Plus, there’s a cute dog companion so what more could you ask for 😜🐶 {TW: Loss of a Loved One, Cancer, Domestic Abuse, Abortion, Miscarriage}

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the author, Penguin Random House, and netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Lucy runs away from her abusive ex-boyfriend Davis and ends up in the town of Woodstock,NY thinking she is safe. When she meets her new neighbors, she befriends them not knowing the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Is she safe in her new home or is she in danger once again? Read on and find out for yourself. This was my first ever read by author Leah Konen w I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the author, Penguin Random House, and netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Lucy runs away from her abusive ex-boyfriend Davis and ends up in the town of Woodstock,NY thinking she is safe. When she meets her new neighbors, she befriends them not knowing the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Is she safe in her new home or is she in danger once again? Read on and find out for yourself. This was my first ever read by author Leah Konen which is also her debut Suspense Thriller novel. It was amazing and is one of my favorite thrillers for the year so far! Fans of thriller and suspense novels will enjoy this book. Look for this book when it officially hits bookstores and wherever books and ebooks are sold on June 30,2020.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jordy’s Book Club

    QUICK TAKE: fantastic psychological suspense book about a woman escaping her past only to get caught up in the midst of a "Strangers on a Train" plot involving a married couple who are up to no good. In a genre that is starting to feel stale, this one was refreshingly fun and twisty and full of complicated, scheming characters. Definite recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Lucy has left Brooklyn and heads to Woodstock, NY to escape her abusive boyfriend. She soon becomes close friends with her neighbors Vera and John, an attractive and loving couple, as she hides out. The seemingly perfect couple may also be hiding their own secrets. When a scheme to fake John’s death goes awry, Lucy’s world starts to fall apart. Again. Will all her lies catch up with her? And is her abusive boyfriend on her trail? All the Broken People is an excellent thriller with twists, turns a Lucy has left Brooklyn and heads to Woodstock, NY to escape her abusive boyfriend. She soon becomes close friends with her neighbors Vera and John, an attractive and loving couple, as she hides out. The seemingly perfect couple may also be hiding their own secrets. When a scheme to fake John’s death goes awry, Lucy’s world starts to fall apart. Again. Will all her lies catch up with her? And is her abusive boyfriend on her trail? All the Broken People is an excellent thriller with twists, turns and surprises around every corner. A good thriller gives you the false sense that you’ve figured it all out but nope – you haven’t. There are so many troubled, unreliable characters that you can’t trust any of them. This is a fast-paced book that you won’t want to put down. This is author Leah Konen’s first thriller after writing young adult novels. Looking forward to her next twisty book. Many thanks to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Publishing Group and the author for an advance copy of this enjoyable book which comes out on June 30, 2020. Review to be posted at MicheleReader.com closer to publication. Rated 4.25

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    Review coming soon

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC of All the Broken People by Leah Konen. I love domestic thrillers and this one intrigued me with its promise to be twisty and addictive. Lucy King is searching for a fresh start and a clean break from her abusive boyfriend in Woodstock, New York. When she meets her new neighbors, Vera and John, she is sure that they are her new best friends. Soon, they ask her to help stage John’s death in order to make him “disappear” from the rumors an Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC of All the Broken People by Leah Konen. I love domestic thrillers and this one intrigued me with its promise to be twisty and addictive. Lucy King is searching for a fresh start and a clean break from her abusive boyfriend in Woodstock, New York. When she meets her new neighbors, Vera and John, she is sure that they are her new best friends. Soon, they ask her to help stage John’s death in order to make him “disappear” from the rumors and threats of small town society. Lucy reluctantly jumps on board so that she won’t lose her new besties. When the plan goes awry and John is murdered, Lucy questions everyone before it is too late. This book started out very slow for me and I had a hard time getting into it. It did pick up speed by 50%, but several things had me scratching my head saying, “That would never happen.” There are also many predictable plot points that had me saying, “I’ve seen that before.” The ending is indeed very twisty, but too many twists to be believable. I didn’t really like any of these characters either, but I guess that was the point, hence All the Broken People. When the most interesting character is the dog, I rest my case. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. 2.5/5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    Review to follow.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Lucy flees an abusive relationship with only one goal, making sure she hasn't left a trail for her ex-boyfriend Davis to follow. She heads to Woodstock, NY with as much cash as she has managed to save, knowing that credit card purchases and ATM withdrawals will lead him to this place. She hasn't even told her best friend Ellie the truth about why she fled and where she is staying, but that's a decision she had to make. It's impossible to imagine Davis finding her, but every strange car, every st Lucy flees an abusive relationship with only one goal, making sure she hasn't left a trail for her ex-boyfriend Davis to follow. She heads to Woodstock, NY with as much cash as she has managed to save, knowing that credit card purchases and ATM withdrawals will lead him to this place. She hasn't even told her best friend Ellie the truth about why she fled and where she is staying, but that's a decision she had to make. It's impossible to imagine Davis finding her, but every strange car, every stranger, and every strange noise has Lucy fearing the worst. When Lucy's new neighbor Vera invites her to dinner, she is hesitant. It makes little sense to try and make a new friendship, but Lucy is drawn to Vera like a moth to a flame. When she meets Vera's husband John, an unlikely bond is formed, and life will never be the same for this trio. You see, Vera and John are hated in this town, and their only option is to fake John's death, with Lucy's help of course. At this point, I was screaming! A woman flees an abusive relationship and makes friends with a couple with serious issues. But, then I read some more, and some more, and some more, and what I thought I knew and what was happening was miles apart. While there is a lot more to Vera and John, what floored me was how little I understood Lucy. There are many layers to this character, and the ending was shall we say a stunner. A great story that broke my self-isolation I can't get interested in any of my books fog, and a delightful way to escape my house for a little while. I received a DRC from G.P. Putnam's Sons through Edelweiss +.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    The writing was fantastic by debut author Leah Konen, but what lost me is definitely what many people LOVE about this style of reading. I struggled with the believability factor and my inability to connect with any of the main characters and therefore was just not invested in the storyline. It was well written, it just wasn’t for me! Thank you to NetGalley and GP Putnam for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A fast paced, twisty-turny, pulls-you-in-from-the-start kind of mystery! I am impressed with Konen's ability to keep the reader on their toes and engaged from start to finish. I usually am one to "figure out" mysteries a bit early and feel disappointed with the predictability. This was not true this time! While some of my predictions held truth, they did not tell the whole story. The story was much more complicated with much more depth than I could have imagined. All the Broken People is a great, A fast paced, twisty-turny, pulls-you-in-from-the-start kind of mystery! I am impressed with Konen's ability to keep the reader on their toes and engaged from start to finish. I usually am one to "figure out" mysteries a bit early and feel disappointed with the predictability. This was not true this time! While some of my predictions held truth, they did not tell the whole story. The story was much more complicated with much more depth than I could have imagined. All the Broken People is a great, entertaining read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    Domestic thrillers are one of my favorite genres, and this book by Leah Konen checked all my boxes: unreliable narrator fleeing from her past, an intriguing and mysterious couple next door, a plan that goes horribly awry, and multiple plausible suspects. Lucy, the main character, makes a number of bad decisions, but Konen develops her and her backstory well enough that she remains sympathetic and believable. Towards the end of the book, I figured out some but not all of the truth. Readers who en Domestic thrillers are one of my favorite genres, and this book by Leah Konen checked all my boxes: unreliable narrator fleeing from her past, an intriguing and mysterious couple next door, a plan that goes horribly awry, and multiple plausible suspects. Lucy, the main character, makes a number of bad decisions, but Konen develops her and her backstory well enough that she remains sympathetic and believable. Towards the end of the book, I figured out some but not all of the truth. Readers who enjoyed The Breakdown by B.A. Paris and The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena will enjoy this thriller. Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karla Burke

    Captivating. Intriguing. Mesmerizing. An enjoyable read in every way. I look forward to reading more from Leah Konen soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carl K

    This thriller starts with the suspense cranked high as Lucy King relocates suddenly from Brooklyn to the outskirts of Woodstock, renting a small cottage sight-unseen in hopes to evade an abusive ex-boyfriend. She is smart and careful in her plan, but she yearns for closure and admits wanting to reach out to her ex despite the risk. The abuse played out in an non-typical way (i.e., micro-agressions that he explains away, or bruises mysteriously acquired during her sleep) that makes it quite belie This thriller starts with the suspense cranked high as Lucy King relocates suddenly from Brooklyn to the outskirts of Woodstock, renting a small cottage sight-unseen in hopes to evade an abusive ex-boyfriend. She is smart and careful in her plan, but she yearns for closure and admits wanting to reach out to her ex despite the risk. The abuse played out in an non-typical way (i.e., micro-agressions that he explains away, or bruises mysteriously acquired during her sleep) that makes it quite believable he will seek retaliation. Lucy can't quite reconcile how a relationship that felt so right at the start morphed into something so treacherous. She'd be the first to admit she's not a great judge of character. So when she gets swept up into a very intense friendship with her charismatic neighbor Vera and her artist husband John, she seems to ignore a whole bunch of red flags. Yet it's clear that Vera and John have a genuine affection for her and act as a welcome distraction to her anxious moments alone. They also seem to be in need of a friend since they have been shunned by most of the town based on rumors of John's impropriety... rumors that seem ill-founded in Lucy's mind. Author Leah Konen takes time to build a complex triangle of attachment between the trio, with so many possibilities, motivations, and secrets to be untangled. But also genuine kinship and relatable emotion. Konen takes time to establish the characters' many facets as she builds to the key event hinted by the book jacket's tagline: "It's just a lie among friends... until someone ends up dead." There is indeed a lie that Lucy takes part in, and a death. But the less you know going in, the better. Unlike most thrillers, I found myself wanting things for all the main characters, even in the moments that I didn't trust Vera and John. The ultimate themes of the book are more complex than the set-up would suggest. Have Lucy's codependent tendencies drawn her in to another dangerous situation with volatile people? Or is she taking a bold, positive step forward in trying to find allies and move away from victimhood? Miraculously, Konen doesn't resort to easy or tidy answers, even as she expertly leads readers to the surprising conclusion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    Actual Star Rating - 4.5 Ladies and gentleman ... I would like to introduce you to Leah Konen, another SMASHING debut author this year! I was gifted this novel by Putnam Books and didn't initially have it on my radar, so imagine how grateful I am that we crossed paths. I am imploring you right now to add this to your TBR because it's one hell of a ride and everyone should buckle up. I have to admit - I was kind of over domestic/psychological thrillers before I picked this up. It seems like I've be Actual Star Rating - 4.5 Ladies and gentleman ... I would like to introduce you to Leah Konen, another SMASHING debut author this year! I was gifted this novel by Putnam Books and didn't initially have it on my radar, so imagine how grateful I am that we crossed paths. I am imploring you right now to add this to your TBR because it's one hell of a ride and everyone should buckle up. I have to admit - I was kind of over domestic/psychological thrillers before I picked this up. It seems like I've been reading a lot of books with similar plots/characters, so I was a bit hesitant I wouldn't enjoy this one, but OH MY GOD ... I couldn't have been more wrong! Everyone is running from something in this book until they run into each other and leave a snowball of mass destruction in their wake. So many secrets. So many lies. SO MANY IDENTITIES ... it's all too perfect and when everything gels together, you'll be saying WHAT.THE.F did I just read? It's a gamble becoming friends with your neighbors, especially when everyone has something to hide and a fierce desire to keep running away from their past. How close is too close? How far will you go to hide the REAL you? Or will you be swept up in their tangled web of lies and start to slowly unravel your true self? The character and relationship building in this book are just perfect. And while I caught onto the plot twist pretty early on, I was served with a few more jaw dropping twists that had me scratching my head and repeating ... "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." This book was just GOOD. There really isnt much else I want to say because the less you know about this going in, the better. BRAVO, Leah. Please short list me for a review copy of your next novel! #FANCLUB

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Stone

    All the Broken People By @leahkonen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ✨Synopsis: Lucy King flees Brooklyn, New York with just a suitcase and her trusty dog Dusty. Leaving behind an abusive relationship and her bff. She moves into a small cabin with alluring next door neighbors. Becoming fast friends Lucy realizing that John and Vera also need to escape their troubles. Afraid to lose their friendship, Lucy reluctantly agrees to help them fake John’s death. It’s only one lie to the police what’s the harm. One lie turns deadly All the Broken People By @leahkonen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ✨Synopsis: Lucy King flees Brooklyn, New York with just a suitcase and her trusty dog Dusty. Leaving behind an abusive relationship and her bff. She moves into a small cabin with alluring next door neighbors. Becoming fast friends Lucy realizing that John and Vera also need to escape their troubles. Afraid to lose their friendship, Lucy reluctantly agrees to help them fake John’s death. It’s only one lie to the police what’s the harm. One lie turns deadly when John shows up dead after being stabbed 6 times. Lucy must work to figure out who killed John before the police pin the murer on her. ✨ Pros: Wow this book packs a bunch. There are so many twists and turns you won’t see the ending coming. ✨ Cons: None Favorite Quote: 💬 “ ‘Whatever happened to you,’ John said. ‘Whatever he-’His voice deepened with anger protectiveness, but he took a breath, calming down. ‘Whatever it is, it’s going to be okay.’ he squeezed my elbow gently. ‘We’ll make sure of that’...I believed them. What’s more, I decided to tell them the truth.”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    All the Broken People is the first suspense thriller from author Leah Konen, who usually writes young adult fiction. This novel is about a twenty-something woman named Lucy, who is relocating to Woodstock, NY for a fresh start with her little dog Dusty. All that's really known in the beginning is that Lucy is alone and is obviously running from a very unhealthy relationship. Not long after moving into her rental cottage, she meets her neighbors Vera and John. Although initially leery of the stra All the Broken People is the first suspense thriller from author Leah Konen, who usually writes young adult fiction. This novel is about a twenty-something woman named Lucy, who is relocating to Woodstock, NY for a fresh start with her little dog Dusty. All that's really known in the beginning is that Lucy is alone and is obviously running from a very unhealthy relationship. Not long after moving into her rental cottage, she meets her neighbors Vera and John. Although initially leery of the strangers, soon Lucy finds herself eating dinner with them every evening and spending most of her time in general with the fun and artistic couple. Although she's constantly looking over her shoulder expecting her ex (Davis) to show up, Lucy's life seems to be carrying on pretty well until she agrees to help them fake John's death.  Lucy is a not my favorite character that I have read about lately. In the beginning, I was rooting for her and her new start, hopeful that she could find peace after getting away from Davis and settling into her new life. Then I started to question her sanity and of course, started to realize how unreliable of a narrator she was. This book was really slow for me in the beginning, but about the time they get to the proposal of faking John's death, things start to pick up. This is also the turning point where, moving forward, Lucy makes nothing but horrible decisions.   I applaud Konen's character development in this novel, successfully making me both trust and doubt every character in the novel. All the Broken People is also full of endless twists and turns, completely throwing me off every time I thought I had it all figured out. The thing I love most about thrillers is thinking I know "whodunnit" and later being proved wrong, however, this happened so many times in this novel that I started getting frustrated with the whole thing. Every time I thought I had reached the ending, the author would add more. I was kind of over the entire thing by the end, but I definitely applaud the creativity and imagination that went into the resolution.  I can't say I absolutely loved this novel, but it was a good read. Fans of thrillers that keep surprising you over and over again will enjoy this novel. What I loved most was the character development and the author's methods of instilling doubt. What I loved least was the initial slow pace and too many far-fetched occurrences towards the end.  3.5/5 stars *Thanks to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. All the Broken People by Leah Konen is a mesmerizing domestic mystery. Fleeing an abusive boyfriend, Lucy King moves to Woodstock, NY. Despite warnings from other neighbors, she becomes close friends with Vera Abernathy and John Nolan. Spending many evenings together drinking and dining together, Lucy is closely entwined with the couple. Despite their closeness, Lucy is curious about the whispers circulating through the small town and warning letters her friends are receiving from an un 4.5 stars. All the Broken People by Leah Konen is a mesmerizing domestic mystery. Fleeing an abusive boyfriend, Lucy King moves to Woodstock, NY. Despite warnings from other neighbors, she becomes close friends with Vera Abernathy and John Nolan. Spending many evenings together drinking and dining together, Lucy is closely entwined with the couple. Despite their closeness, Lucy is curious about the whispers circulating through the small town and warning letters her friends are receiving from an unknown person.  After a chance encounter with someone from her past, Lucy becomes (willingly) ensnared in her neighbors' plan to escape and start over.  She and Vera tell their contrived story about John's accidental fall to the authorities. But the next day, Lucy is stunned when she discovers John has been murdered. Under intense scrutiny from Ulster County Detective McKnight, Lucy continues to guard her secrets while also trying to figure out the killer's identity.  Is the murderer someone from her past? Or is it someone in town who is out for revenge? Lucy has carefully planned her escape from her long term boyfriend Davis. Although their relationship is originally idyllic, over the past three years, Davis began systematically controlling and abusing her. Lucy carefully documents where everything is in her rental house, but she still doubts herself when little things begin happening.   When Lucy fears Davis has found her, she does everything she can to keep Vera and John in her life. But after John's murder, Lucy reluctantly talks to Detective McKnight who makes no effort to hide his certainty that she lying to him. After John's death, Lucy becomes absolutely frantic to escape.  Certain her worst fears are about to comes to fruition, she clings even more tightly to Vera. But as she makes stunning discoveries in her own home, Lucy becomes suspicious of everyone around her. Is someone trying to make certain she is arrested for John's murder? Can she unmask John's killer before it is too late? All the Broken People is an outstanding mystery with an innovative storyline and engaging characters. Lucy's fears of her ex finding her are palpable as is her desperation to protect her newfound friendships.  The investigation into John's murder is a slow burn with Detective McKnight remaining tight-lipped about evidence and leads. With a series of dizzying twists and shocking turns, Leah Konen brings this brilliantly plotted domestic mystery to an astonishing conclusion.  HIGHLY recommend to readers of the genre.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This debut suspense/thriller novel has so many twists and turns, it's hard to figure out what's coming next, let alone what the final twist will be. Overall, it was a fun read and didn't follow the cookie cutter outline of so many thrillers out there right now. Lucy King takes her dog, a few important possessions, and flees from her abusive boyfriend in Brooklyn to a small cabin in Woodstock, NY. She quickly is befriended by her next door neighbors, Vera and John, a seemingly nice couple but who This debut suspense/thriller novel has so many twists and turns, it's hard to figure out what's coming next, let alone what the final twist will be. Overall, it was a fun read and didn't follow the cookie cutter outline of so many thrillers out there right now. Lucy King takes her dog, a few important possessions, and flees from her abusive boyfriend in Brooklyn to a small cabin in Woodstock, NY. She quickly is befriended by her next door neighbors, Vera and John, a seemingly nice couple but who have their own troubles and who need to disappear. Lucy offers to help John fake his own death, but when he actually turns up dead, Lucy doesn't know who she can trust. I really liked how the author drew the reader into the stories of each character and slowly revealed more and more of their secrets and the book went on. Even when I thought I had figured out a piece of the puzzle, I'd only be right for a few pages or chapters and then there would be another twist that changed everything. However, most of the twists (although not all) were actually believable. And Lucy's character development as the protagonist was also really interesting. I often pitied her and was frustrated by her at the same time. But it was interesting, as the story went on, to understand why she made the choices she made. Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways and G.P. Putnam's Sons for providing me with an arc of this book. It has not influenced my opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC of All the Broken People by Leah Konen. I love domestic thrillers and this one intrigued me with its promise to be twisty and addictive. Lucy King is searching for a fresh start and a clean break from her abusive boyfriend in Woodstock, New York. When she meets her new neighbors, Vera and John, she is sure that they are her new best friends. Soon, they ask her to help stage John’s death in order to make him “disappear” from the rumors an Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC of All the Broken People by Leah Konen. I love domestic thrillers and this one intrigued me with its promise to be twisty and addictive. Lucy King is searching for a fresh start and a clean break from her abusive boyfriend in Woodstock, New York. When she meets her new neighbors, Vera and John, she is sure that they are her new best friends. Soon, they ask her to help stage John’s death in order to make him “disappear” from the rumors and threats of small town society. Lucy reluctantly jumps on board so that she won’t lose her new besties. When the plan goes awry and John is murdered, Lucy questions everyone before it is too late. This book started out very slow for me and I had a hard time getting into it. It did pick up speed by 50%, but several things had me scratching my head saying, “That would never happen.” There are also many predictable plot points that had me saying, “I’ve seen that before.” The ending is indeed very twisty, but too many twists to be believable. I didn’t really like any of these characters either, but I guess that was the point, hence All the Broken People. When the most interesting character is the dog, I rest my case. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. 2.5/5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon May

    Many thanks to NetGalley, GP Putnam's Sons, and Leah Konen for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful thriller - 5 stars for a book I couldn't put down! Plus, extra points because it takes place in beautiful Upstate NY where I live (I'm closer to John's cabin). Lucy flees Brooklyn with her dog, Dusty, to get away from an abusive boyfriend. She doesn't even tell her best friend where she's going. She ends up in Woodstock, NY, and rents a small home to hide away. Her first day there she Many thanks to NetGalley, GP Putnam's Sons, and Leah Konen for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful thriller - 5 stars for a book I couldn't put down! Plus, extra points because it takes place in beautiful Upstate NY where I live (I'm closer to John's cabin). Lucy flees Brooklyn with her dog, Dusty, to get away from an abusive boyfriend. She doesn't even tell her best friend where she's going. She ends up in Woodstock, NY, and rents a small home to hide away. Her first day there she meets her new neighbors, Vera and John, and they instantly become close. Turns out, Vera and John need to do some escaping of their own so they hatch a plan to fake John's death so they can all start over. Only things never turn out quite as expected, do they? Now the lies are backfiring and John really turns up dead. Lucy doesn't know who is after her or who she can trust. This novel will keep you guessing until the last page and you will thoroughly enjoy the ride! This is my first book by this author but it definitely won't be my last. In fact, fingers crossed that she's busy writing right now! Highly recommended for a twisty thrill ride!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Jorquera

    I typically love domestic thrillers, especially ones that have twisty ends. I wanted to love this one, but unfortunately it fell short for me. I was caught up by casual tone and dialogue. I am ALL for contemporary dialogue, but at times it really took me out of the story. However! Her descriptions were great, and most of her writing was really wonderful. I just, for whatever reason, couldn't get past some of the tone that was written into the characters, especially Lucy and Vera. May it was tryi I typically love domestic thrillers, especially ones that have twisty ends. I wanted to love this one, but unfortunately it fell short for me. I was caught up by casual tone and dialogue. I am ALL for contemporary dialogue, but at times it really took me out of the story. However! Her descriptions were great, and most of her writing was really wonderful. I just, for whatever reason, couldn't get past some of the tone that was written into the characters, especially Lucy and Vera. May it was trying TOO hard to be 'edgy?' I could not connect with or empathize with any of the characters. Not to say all characters need to be likable -- some of my more favorite books are filled with unlikable characters -- but the reader needs something. It was also fairly predictable, for me at least, and it felt like there were more "huh?" moments than "holy cow" moments. Meaning, things were more unbelievable when they did start to get twisty, and that made it harder to enjoy the ending. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARC of All the Broken People.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Lucy makes a good decision when she takes her dog Dusty and leaves her abusive boyfriend Davis behind in Brooklyn- and she's careful not to leave a trail. Or did she? She's always worried. She makes a questionable decision when she quickly bonds with her neighbors Vera and John. She questions the views of the people in Woodstock who have real issues with John- he seems so nice to her. And then she makes a very bad decision when she agrees to help them stage John's death. Bad in general but even Lucy makes a good decision when she takes her dog Dusty and leaves her abusive boyfriend Davis behind in Brooklyn- and she's careful not to leave a trail. Or did she? She's always worried. She makes a questionable decision when she quickly bonds with her neighbors Vera and John. She questions the views of the people in Woodstock who have real issues with John- he seems so nice to her. And then she makes a very bad decision when she agrees to help them stage John's death. Bad in general but even worse when John is found murdered. Now she's got questions of her own AND she has to answer questions. This is twisty enough (even though there are some plot holes) that it will keep you reading- and the end was a good one. Honestly, I wanted to tell Lucy "no, just no" several times and that the only person she should trust is Dusty (yes, I know Dusty is a dog!), Konen has a nice storytelling style and the multiple perspectives add to the story. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC of this well done suspense debut.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Thank you to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lucy King flees from Brooklyn to rural, hippie-town Woodstock with her small dog and few belongings to escape a life she needs to disappear from. Renting a small cottage on the outskirts of town, she befriends neighbors Vera and John, becoming completely bewitched by their life together. Stories about John float through town, and the couple decides to stage an "accident" that will allow them t Thank you to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lucy King flees from Brooklyn to rural, hippie-town Woodstock with her small dog and few belongings to escape a life she needs to disappear from. Renting a small cottage on the outskirts of town, she befriends neighbors Vera and John, becoming completely bewitched by their life together. Stories about John float through town, and the couple decides to stage an "accident" that will allow them to disappear themselves, abandoning the whispers and rumors in their community. Lucy becomes entangled in their plot, and can't figure out who she can trust. Liked: Overall, I enjoyed the setting of Woodstock and the author does well in describing John, Vera, and the home they share there. The writing was strong. Disliked: Nothing sticks out, I just tend to be very hard on mystery/thrillers than any other genre for sure. Green light! I recommend this as a fun summer read!

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