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Heartbroken : a novel
Lisa Unger
Adult Fiction UNGER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

An island on an Adirondack lake becomes both a haven and a hell for three women in Unger's tense psychological thriller. Kate Burke's annual visits to Heart Island, owned by her wealthy parents, never go smoothly, mainly because of the uneasy relationship she has with her imperious 75-year-old mother, Birdie. Kate expects the next visit will be even more upsetting because she's written a novel based on journals kept by her aunt and grandmother that's a thinly veiled story of a love affair that ended in tragedy on the remote island. Meanwhile, Birdie has visions of a dark intruder prowling Heart Island at all hours. Finally, Emily, a waitress drifting through life, feels powerless to resist as her boyfriend pulls her into schemes that will betray the people closest to her. Unger (Die for You) skillfully builds the fissures in each of these women's lives as she illustrates the power of the heart and the corrosive nature of lies. Agent: Elaine Markson: Markson Thoma Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Birdie Burke, a harsh, difficult woman, invites her relatives for a vacation at the family's property, Heart Island. This secluded spot in the Adirondacks is the backdrop for a tale of family intrigue and dark secrets, as the stories of three women unfold: Birdie, her daughter Kate, and the sad and confused Emily, who has been drawn into a maelstrom of crime and emotional torment through her relationship with her very troubled boyfriend. As Kate fights to cope with her mother's controlling personality, her own daughter, Chelsea, suffers from a painful lack of self-confidence and falls for a young man she knows only online. VERDICT In Unger's (Darkness, My Old Friend; Fragile) latest engrossing thriller, the author's in-depth portraits of three different women searching for answers to their own set of difficulties will captivate fans of mystery and psychological suspense. This is one of Unger's best novels yet.-Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Kate Burke
Female
Her annual visits to an island owned by her wealthy parents never go smoothly since she has an uneasy relationship with her mother; has written a novel based on journals kept by her aunt and grandmother.
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Birdie
Female
Age: 75
Mother
Kate's mother; having visions of a dark intruder prowling around the island.

Emily
Female
Her boyfriend is pulling her into schemes that will betray the people she loves.
Waitress



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