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Review of Things Don’t Break on Their Own by Sarah Easter

It’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller and I have to say, I was seriously impressed by this gripping debut! Coming in at under 300 pages, this storyline keeps you on your toes from beginning to end, a perfect summer page-turner if you ask me!

Our story begins at a dinner party where friends and siblings are coming together for a chance to catch up. One of these guests is a woman named Willa. 25 years ago Willa’s sister disappeared but Willa has never lost hope that she might one day see her younger sibling and best friend again. At the dinner table that night, everything changes.

Chapters alternate between the viewpoints of different characters, as well as between the past and the present. Although the story moves around fairly rapidly, I was really impressed by the clarity of Collins’ storytelling. I always knew where I was and who was speaking. One of the strong allegories in the story is the smashing of a hand-thrown clay jug and the belief that broken things can be pieced back together. This engaging story of love, loss, grief and family dynamics is told to us in fragments and as the tale reaches its thrilling end we are able to see the full picture pieced together in its final pages. A triumph.  

Review by Helen.

Things Don't Break on Their Own was published on 20/06/24 by Viking.



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