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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

    Kelli Wilson

    3.5 Stars! This story involves two tales of domestic suspense. The first tale began in the main character's previous life in NYC. It involves domestic abuse both physical and emotional at the hands of her boyfriend. In the beginning, we find her secretly leaving town to escape him by moving to rural Woodstock, NY. She is constantly living in fear that he will find her eventually. There, hiding in her small cabin, she meets her neighbors, a lively tempting couple who immediately take her in as famil 3.5 Stars! This story involves two tales of domestic suspense. The first tale began in the main character's previous life in NYC. It involves domestic abuse both physical and emotional at the hands of her boyfriend. In the beginning, we find her secretly leaving town to escape him by moving to rural Woodstock, NY. She is constantly living in fear that he will find her eventually. There, hiding in her small cabin, she meets her neighbors, a lively tempting couple who immediately take her in as family and she them. But they too have their own troubles, and it is that which begins the second tale. The couple shares their big bombshell, that if the husband were to fake his death it would solve all their problems. The big question: will Lucy help them with their scheme. Surprising herself she realizes that she wants to help them. But as in all complicated and especially illegal plans, they tend to go wrong, very wrong. This should have been an easy 4 star except for two main cons. What I struggled with was the use of the first tale. The plot was built up, then somewhat brushed aside. I had been rather invested in it, so the conclusion to that was not satisfying. There was a lack of cohesiveness between the two storylines. Secondly, the author had difficulties concluding. I felt like I was reading a Scooby Doo reveal ending on repeat. At one point I was not certain the book was ever going to end. Like the birthday candle that never blows out. It is only fun at first. I think some content editing was definitely needed before the final proof, but overall I was intrigued for majority of this crazy tale of tales. *Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group via Edelweiss+ for providing the digital review copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    4.5 stars Lucy King, a journalist, is escaping her abusive, controlling boyfriend Davis and rents a cabin just outside Woodstock in the Catskills, she needs to stay under the radar. She becomes very good friends with her neighbours John and Vera whom she grows to rely on and they share some fun times. However, the couple have some problems with the residents of Woodstock and she agrees to help them to resolve them and they hatch a plan. This is now yet another white lie among many that Lucy is g 4.5 stars Lucy King, a journalist, is escaping her abusive, controlling boyfriend Davis and rents a cabin just outside Woodstock in the Catskills, she needs to stay under the radar. She becomes very good friends with her neighbours John and Vera whom she grows to rely on and they share some fun times. However, the couple have some problems with the residents of Woodstock and she agrees to help them to resolve them and they hatch a plan. This is now yet another white lie among many that Lucy is guarding and when the plan goes badly and tragically wrong, lie piles upon lie until it is of Everest proportions. Lucy is now in dangerous territory which nearly costs her everything she has kept under control and she ends up fighting for her life and liberty. The story is told by Lucy. This is a nail biter, eye popper, jaw dropper, heart pounder chiller of a thriller from Leah Conen with so many unexpected twists my head spins. Lucy’s friendship with John and Vera leads to so much danger it is breathtaking in its pace. The mystery of Lucy and the menace of threats around her comes across very strongly in this fast paced plot. As the situation escalates which results in murders, the story becomes supremely twisty as you have no idea who is guilty or innocent, doubts are cast, suspicion grows and just as you think it’s resolved, there’s another revelation and you are constantly playing catch up! However, as the killer is unmasked I can’t help but feel that it is one twist too many and I didn’t entirely buy into the motive. However, then there’s more....and I do think the ending is very powerful Overall, this is a well written, fast paced story with a good plot. There are plenty of shocks to grip you, the characters are well portrayed but not very likeable (except Dusty the dog who is adorable!) there’s tension aplenty, it’s creepy and scary at times, you feel Lucy’s worry and fear of Davis and the truth catching up with her is unsettling to say the least. Highly recommended to fans of this genre. Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin, Michael Joseph for the ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Moral of the story, for me, here was - always tell the truth!! This was a very clever, fast paced, twisty debut thriller that I highly recommend! There were so many plot twists and different red herrings thrown my way, I had total whip lash!! Being the suspense/thriller obsessed reader that I am, I eventually figured things slightly before the final reveal came, but nonetheless I still enjoyed this one immensely. If I had to describe this novel, I would say it's a bit of a mystery-unreliable cha Moral of the story, for me, here was - always tell the truth!! This was a very clever, fast paced, twisty debut thriller that I highly recommend! There were so many plot twists and different red herrings thrown my way, I had total whip lash!! Being the suspense/thriller obsessed reader that I am, I eventually figured things slightly before the final reveal came, but nonetheless I still enjoyed this one immensely. If I had to describe this novel, I would say it's a bit of a mystery-unreliable character driven (to an extent)- trust no one suspense, set in the backdrop of a small, lazy Woodstock town. The characters were very nicely fleshed out and also fairly likable, but I still got the vibe there was way more to every single one of them that had not yet been revealed, which I loved! The ending does reveal 'whodunit,' but IMO leaves us readers with some questions, as it felt a bit open-ended to me. I'm intrigued by this author for sure and will keep my eye out for her next release!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a new author for me. I do find it very exciting when you discover a new author that you like and then you rush to buy all their other books before you’ve even shut that first book that you are reading!!! Lucy is renting a property in Woodstock, she has left her controlling ex and her old life behind her and is hoping to start anew. Lucy befriends her new neighbours Vera and John who seem like a fun couple!! They are soon spending most evenings together eating, drinking and having a good t This is a new author for me. I do find it very exciting when you discover a new author that you like and then you rush to buy all their other books before you’ve even shut that first book that you are reading!!! Lucy is renting a property in Woodstock, she has left her controlling ex and her old life behind her and is hoping to start anew. Lucy befriends her new neighbours Vera and John who seem like a fun couple!! They are soon spending most evenings together eating, drinking and having a good time. When she discovers her new buddies need a little help, how can she say no? They have been so welcoming and understanding, it’s only a small lie after all!! But these lies soon build from a molehill to a mountain. The blurb for this sounded good but OMG it didn’t do it justice!! I couldn’t bear to be parted from this amazing - grab you by the throat and shake you until you can see stars book. I could rave about this all day and believe me I will. A must read that will not disappoint you and with an ending that will ... well you will have to read it!! I have discovered a gem of an author. I love her style of writing and will be scurrying off to find her other stories. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    Another day, another mediocre mystery/suspense. Deep sigh. It's barely been a month since I read All the Broken People, but as I went to write a short summary of it just now for this review, I realized that already I couldn't remember the names of the main characters. That alone should speak for itself about how memorable the story was. It would be fair to say that it hasn't stuck with me. In essence, this book is about a girl who moves to a very small town to get away from her abusive boyfriend, Another day, another mediocre mystery/suspense. Deep sigh. It's barely been a month since I read All the Broken People, but as I went to write a short summary of it just now for this review, I realized that already I couldn't remember the names of the main characters. That alone should speak for itself about how memorable the story was. It would be fair to say that it hasn't stuck with me. In essence, this book is about a girl who moves to a very small town to get away from her abusive boyfriend, whose sister was her best friend. She doesn't really have any friends, so when the couple next door to the house she's renting shows her kindness and takes her under their wing, she quickly begins to see them as family (and vice versa). But the couple is trying to escape from something, too--that something being the rumors that the husband was having an affair with one of his underaged female art students. In an effort to avoid a lawsuit that would bankrupt the couple, they decide to fake the husband's death with the girl's help and then all run away together as one happy family. The only thing is that the morning after they fake the husband's death, he turns up dead for realz. Dun dun dun. I think that the best thing that can be said about this book is that it wasn't bad. It was just like any other run-of-the-mill whodunnit, with nothing that really surprises you or makes you think or forces you to question everything and everyone. Nothing really to write home about, good or bad. But I do have this to say about the story: if the only thing driving the suspense--that is, by keeping the mystery from being solved or the characters in danger--is the stupidity of the characters and their actions, then it is going to be a poor thriller/mystery. Nothing kills the thrill more than when taking some action could so obviously resolve a major conflict, but the character is too foolish to see it. Or, by the same token, when doing something has very obvious repercussions, but the character either doesn't realize this or is too stupid and short-minded to care. And, unfortuantely, that was the case with this book. On several occasions, our main character's foolishness and poor decision-making had me slapping my forehead and thinking awful things like, "if you're that stupid, you deserve to die." Not my finest moment, but then again, it wasn't hers either. I almost forgot to mention that on top of suffering from a foolish main character, the book is also pretty damn slow. It takes half the book for the husband to even turn up dead, which we know about in advance thanks to the plot summary. That means 150+ pages of pre-spoiled build-up before you even get to the mystery that was promised. And I just don't have the attention span for that kind of thing, especially when the mystery ain't so mysterious. Read this book, if you must, or don't. You won't have too many regrets either way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    This engaging domestic thriller uses the simple premise of how a small little lie can snowball into something much larger when trying to keep the story straight. Lucy has left her abusive relationship in Brooklyn to hideout in the quite town in Woodstock. She soon becomes friendly with neighbours Vera and John, which leads to a small simple request. Artist John has his own scandal and the couple are seen as outcasts, they stuck upon the idea of him faking his death on a hiking trip in the hope that This engaging domestic thriller uses the simple premise of how a small little lie can snowball into something much larger when trying to keep the story straight. Lucy has left her abusive relationship in Brooklyn to hideout in the quite town in Woodstock. She soon becomes friendly with neighbours Vera and John, which leads to a small simple request. Artist John has his own scandal and the couple are seen as outcasts, they stuck upon the idea of him faking his death on a hiking trip in the hope that his work will become popular - they coin the term pulling a Van Gogh. Lucy part of the scheme is to have witnessed John's 'tragic demise' as the wife would be a prime suspect in this case. It feels like a failsafe plan only for John to actually turn up dead and Lucy's testimony not to match... The novel cleverly weaves the two plot strands together with the threat of Lucy's boyfriend Davis potentially finding her and the reason why her new friends are unliked in the town. The thrill is knowing that the plan will fail, it's just in which direction the various twists and surprises will take the reader.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    DNF 53% | 14/06/2020 Me before reading: I added this only because the description says it’s perfect for fans of Samantha Downing...how predictable of me Me after reading: that comparison to SM was the only lie here I tried to like this book with all my soul. The thing is, when you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care about the story if it’s too slow to get to the point. That’s exactly what happened here. The synopsis intrigued me when I saw this book on Netgalley. If Samantha Downing is m DNF 53% | 14/06/2020 Me before reading: I added this only because the description says it’s perfect for fans of Samantha Downing...how predictable of me Me after reading: that comparison to SM was the only lie here I tried to like this book with all my soul. The thing is, when you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care about the story if it’s too slow to get to the point. That’s exactly what happened here. The synopsis intrigued me when I saw this book on Netgalley. If Samantha Downing is mentioned, you bet I’m going to read that book. If it’s described as full of plot twists, I’m so going to read it. But in this case, those expectations set up the book for failure. The thing in the synopsis doesn’t happen till almost halfway through. This is probably my main complaint, because I waited too long for it to happen. I don’t think it’s the synopsis at fault here, more like how the book failed to catch my interest as thrillers should do. The first half, where the characters are introduced, felt repetitive and drawn out. At the same time, the synopsis promises a death, so I was waiting and waiting for it to happen and got annoyed when I looked at the percentage and saw how far in I was already. This made me completely lose interest even when things finally started to get going. Though I think I would have continued if it wasn’t for the characters. These characters are so superficial and shallow, it’s impossible to love to hate them. I know I’m not supposed to like them, but I just couldn’t understand them. There’s simply no reasoning behind their actions, apart from moving the plot forward. Why is Lucy so attracted to John and Vera? I will never understand. For someone who is extra careful with people after what happened with her husband, trusting those two right away is for sure out of character. I personally found John and Vera super infuriating and vain. The writing style is very rushed as well. Maybe I would have liked the characters more if they were better explored. I needed the author to give me something more to hang onto, if that makes sense. Instead, the first half is drawn out for all the wrong reasons. I’m pretty sure I would have liked this a little more if there wasn’t a big time skip at the beginning and if that beginning spent more time on the characters instead of talking about Lucy’s past and the Catskills town. I received an advanced reader copy through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I think this going to be a popular psychological thriller and I expect most people will love it more than I did. It has a Gone Girl type feel to it. And yes, I hate comparisons to Gone Girl, but maybe it's old enough now that I can get away with it? Either way, it is twisty and suspenseful and if you don't read a lot in the genre you don't know who-done-it until the end. Unfortunately, I have read several similar style books and I did figure out who the "bad guy" was before the end. But, it stil I think this going to be a popular psychological thriller and I expect most people will love it more than I did. It has a Gone Girl type feel to it. And yes, I hate comparisons to Gone Girl, but maybe it's old enough now that I can get away with it? Either way, it is twisty and suspenseful and if you don't read a lot in the genre you don't know who-done-it until the end. Unfortunately, I have read several similar style books and I did figure out who the "bad guy" was before the end. But, it still didn't end exactly as I expected it to, which was good. I had trouble relating to the main characters and I didn't really connect with them. I found them to be moody and secretive and they drank a lot. They made bad decisions and focused on the wrong things at times, jumping to conclusions. I don't necessarily need to love my main characters, but it helps me to connect with them. In this case, I just struggled with that which made the story a little less enjoyable for me. This was the first book I read by Leah Konen and I generally liked her writing style. I would be interested in reading something else by her in the future. 3.5★ Thank you to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam / G.P. Putnam's Sons for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 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}

  16. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    After leaving her abusive ex, Lucy is now ready to start a new life for herself. She's now living in a new area and she's soon befriended with her closest neighbours, Vera and John. They are soon spending their evenings together. When Lucy discovers her new friends need a little help with something, how can she say no. But it all goes tragically goes wrong. This is a fast paces read that's full of twist and turns. It will play with your mind as you're wondering who you can and can't trust. The st After leaving her abusive ex, Lucy is now ready to start a new life for herself. She's now living in a new area and she's soon befriended with her closest neighbours, Vera and John. They are soon spending their evenings together. When Lucy discovers her new friends need a little help with something, how can she say no. But it all goes tragically goes wrong. This is a fast paces read that's full of twist and turns. It will play with your mind as you're wondering who you can and can't trust. The storyline told from Lucy's perspective. You could sense her fear and confusion. The characters are complex, interesting but not very likeable. There are some parts that are unbelievable and the story went on a little longer than necessary. You will be guessing throughout. The story is well written with a steady pace and packed full of secrets and lies. I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and the author Leah Konen for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 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.

  18. 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. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Lucy King is running form her physically and mentally abusive boyfriend. Along with her dog, she keeps looking over her shoulder, scared to death he will find her. Her next door neighbors, John and Vera, prove to be very friendly, very helpful and Lucy is grateful for their newfound friendship. As Lucy thinks the worst is behind her, her neighbors tell her, they, too, are running and looking for a new start. And they have a plan .... The only way they can start a new life is for John to fake his ow Lucy King is running form her physically and mentally abusive boyfriend. Along with her dog, she keeps looking over her shoulder, scared to death he will find her. Her next door neighbors, John and Vera, prove to be very friendly, very helpful and Lucy is grateful for their newfound friendship. As Lucy thinks the worst is behind her, her neighbors tell her, they, too, are running and looking for a new start. And they have a plan .... The only way they can start a new life is for John to fake his own death. As with most plans, this one goes astray ... and John is found murdered ... for real. When Lucy finds that she is the prime suspect, she doesn't know who she can trust, but she needs to find a killer before she takes a fall for murder. There are lots of twists and turns.... too many to keep track of. The story loses its appeal when trying to figure out what's going on. On one level, it was a page turner, but the characters spent a lot of time drinking wine and then making decisions that didn't make good sense. This was not one of my favorite reads. I didn't find it especially thrilling. Many thanks to the author / Putnam Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    " I'm not stupid. I know the truth. " HAHAHAHA. Wrong! Everyone in this book is stupid and unlikable. It's so hard to root for anyone. Put down that bottle of pinot hun and clear your head for once. Okay, this isn't a bad psycho thriller. Once I get past the unlikable voice (audio book) of the main character I was fine with it. First half the story was good. After a major event, it got pretty dumb. It's like watching a train wreck. Too long? Too many twists? Probably. If you like The Girl on t " I'm not stupid. I know the truth. " HAHAHAHA. Wrong! Everyone in this book is stupid and unlikable. It's so hard to root for anyone. Put down that bottle of pinot hun and clear your head for once. Okay, this isn't a bad psycho thriller. Once I get past the unlikable voice (audio book) of the main character I was fine with it. First half the story was good. After a major event, it got pretty dumb. It's like watching a train wreck. Too long? Too many twists? Probably. If you like The Girl on the Train, you might like this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    Oh this is a great read that well and truly had me hooked. Lucy has left her boyfriend and is starting again in a remote village with her dog, Dusty. It’s a quiet place but she soon meets neighbours, Vera and John and becomes close friends. Lucy is soon asked to help them with something but it will change her life forever. Things start to spiral out of control and secrets and lies are exposed. There are lives in danger and Lucy starts to panic as her life is crumbling around her. This is a gripp Oh this is a great read that well and truly had me hooked. Lucy has left her boyfriend and is starting again in a remote village with her dog, Dusty. It’s a quiet place but she soon meets neighbours, Vera and John and becomes close friends. Lucy is soon asked to help them with something but it will change her life forever. Things start to spiral out of control and secrets and lies are exposed. There are lives in danger and Lucy starts to panic as her life is crumbling around her. This is a gripping thriller that certainly has plenty of action. Thanks to Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I loved the idea of this book and tried to continue on but it never pulled me in and it really dragged on and on for me. Nothing was happening but the same thing just kept happening. This one didn’t work for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    Firstly, I won this Kindle in a Goodread's Giveaway for a honest review. Wow, every time I thought they finally had the right person for the killings, the author did a 180 degree turn and threw me off. It did it so many times that I wondered where it would all end and when it did, I was surprised by the nice ending. When reading this book you just know that something bad is going to happen. The author did a great job of building up the suspense and for me, she kept the tension up throughout the Firstly, I won this Kindle in a Goodread's Giveaway for a honest review. Wow, every time I thought they finally had the right person for the killings, the author did a 180 degree turn and threw me off. It did it so many times that I wondered where it would all end and when it did, I was surprised by the nice ending. When reading this book you just know that something bad is going to happen. The author did a great job of building up the suspense and for me, she kept the tension up throughout the book. The characters were well-fleshed out and very believable. I won't bore you about the plot but I did enjoy being with Lucy and her dog when they moved to Woodstock, NY. I enjoyed the author's description of the area and it made me even Google it for fun. This felt fresh to me and maybe I'm just reading too many police procedures lately which haven't lived up to my expectations. A 4.5 star.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Vega

    This book is unbelievable! So many twists that I never saw coming! One of the best thrillers I've read in ages. This book is unbelievable! So many twists that I never saw coming! One of the best thrillers I've read in ages.

  25. 5 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 posted on MicheleReader.com. Rated 4.25

  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. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I was absolutely here for that cover and synopsis. Sadly, I was disappointed. I liked Lucy well enough. She’s sort of unlikable and definitely unreliable and I love both of those things. Vera and John were odd to me from the very start and if that was done intentionally, good job. There are a few other secondary characters, but we don’t get to know too much about them. Plot wise, it was just okay. From the synopsis, I knew the husband was going to die, but I didn’t know it was going to take almo I was absolutely here for that cover and synopsis. Sadly, I was disappointed. I liked Lucy well enough. She’s sort of unlikable and definitely unreliable and I love both of those things. Vera and John were odd to me from the very start and if that was done intentionally, good job. There are a few other secondary characters, but we don’t get to know too much about them. Plot wise, it was just okay. From the synopsis, I knew the husband was going to die, but I didn’t know it was going to take almost half the book before it happened. And the build up scenes of late night fancy dinners, too much wine, and a so-called connection were increasingly repetitive. There were loads of twists and at some point, it got to be too many to be enjoyable. Overall, I did like the idea of this story and the running commentary of how women are treated was spot on. Unfortunately, the entire story lacked tension and mystery. **Huge thanks to Putnam for providing the arc free of charge**

  28. 4 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.

  29. 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.”

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This book is one wild trip! Like from the get go it was amazing. So we start off with Lucy, she runs off without a trace to escape her psycho abusive ex-boyfriend. When she flees she tells no one where she is fleeing to in the hopes that she will be able to leave with out a trace for him to follow. Once she finds a place Lucy meets Vera and John and they hit it off pretty well. They start hanging out and become really connected together, all the while Lucy is looking over her shoulder in fear th This book is one wild trip! Like from the get go it was amazing. So we start off with Lucy, she runs off without a trace to escape her psycho abusive ex-boyfriend. When she flees she tells no one where she is fleeing to in the hopes that she will be able to leave with out a trace for him to follow. Once she finds a place Lucy meets Vera and John and they hit it off pretty well. They start hanging out and become really connected together, all the while Lucy is looking over her shoulder in fear that he is coming back, that he will find her. Then when all the town become kinda antogonistic with John, Vera and John convinve Lucy to help in staging Johns mysterious disappearance. But, what they had planned on how he would disappear didnt go according to plan and now there is a murder investigation. With everything going sideways now Lucy has the whole situation on her shoulders. With this whole book you are lead through the twist and turns of the secrets to left unvield and then the truth slowly starts to appear and by the ending you have the who did it but, there are questions that were left unanswered but still a great book. I love books that make you think about the whole situation leave you considering different possibilities even after it ends. I love thrillers and this one was AMAZING!!! I definitely recommend to any thriller lovers because you will not be disappointed!

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