Book Review. Broken Branches. M. Jonathan Lee. 

M. Jonathan Lee is an award winning English author. His debut novel, “The Radio” was nationally shortlisted in The Novel Prize 2012. His second novel, “The Page” went on to become the Amazon #5 most downloaded thriller. His third novel, the critically acclaimed “A Tiny Feeling of Fear” was released in September 2015. “Broken Branches”, his fourth novel, will be released by Hideaway Fall in Spring 2017.

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Publisher Hideaway Fall 

Release Date 27th July 

My Rating ❤❤❤❤

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Covering the themes of death, and depression, the tone of writing in this book is actually quite slow, and almost painfully awkward in conjunction with that. 

Flicking through his past and present Ian, our protagonist, is a website editor, living in his childhood home Cobweb Cottage, with his wife and son, after the suicide of his older brother. 

I was surprised at the passages of the book that are heart stoppingly creepy, as Ian researches his family history, the curse that has blighted them, and seemingly disturbs ghosts while doing so. Ian starts to hear voices, and see things that aren’t there. 

You have to wonder whether he is cracking up, or if these occurrences are actually happening.

It is when you finish reading the book you realise what a masterstroke the author of Broken Branches pulls to finish this enjoyable book, with much of the present characters drifting around, and past characters feeling more rooted in reality.

Broken Branches is a very human novel. M. Jonathan Lee is a writer I would certainly like to read more of. 

Author: Idontwearahat.

Katie is a published poet, reader and reviewer.

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