She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be
A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only Barker could muster.After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child--this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She'd creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after.The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn't the first, and he knew it wouldn't be the last. It was no different from the others. He'd find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject "D" waits, grows, learns. He's permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.All of them linked in ways unimaginable.SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE conjures thoughts of early King and Koontz. A heart-pounding ride that creeps under your skin and will have you turning pages long into the night.

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be Details

TitleShe Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 31st, 2020
PublisherHampton Creek Press
ISBN-139781734210415
Rating
GenreHorror, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fantasy, Fiction

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 starsENTHRALLING She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is a weird, dark, and mysterious novel about a mystery surrounding a girl who appears once a year in the cemetery on the anniversary of the death of a young boys parents. The plot has many characters and many layers. While not complex, there are a lot of threads and strange dynamics to keep track of. Combining a mixture of genres, this is a story about a boy and a girl who meet at a cemetery. They both happen to be orphans. 4.25 starsENTHRALLING She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is a weird, dark, and mysterious novel about a mystery surrounding a girl who appears once a year in the cemetery on the anniversary of the death of a young boy’s parents. The plot has many characters and many layers. While not complex, there are a lot of threads and strange dynamics to keep track of. Combining a mixture of genres, this is a story about a boy and a girl who meet at a cemetery. They both happen to be orphans. Infatuation grows into love, but dark forces are keeping them apart.It’s about friendship and family. It’s about exploitation and evil. It’s about the good vs. the bad. The normal vs. weird. The natural vs. the supernatural. Most significantly, it’s about love. There is something about the way J.D. Barker writes these characters and their story that is so compelling. I couldn’t put this book down. I was sucked in almost immediately and quickly got lost in the tale of Jack and Stella. The more I read the more I wanted to know. The more I read, the stranger it became. But it also became more and more enthralling. This a lengthy read, but it never felt long. A lot happens, but all of the threads come together and all of the events are meaningful. The characters are well-developed and Jack makes for a great hero. Influenced by Great Expectations combined with elements from X-Men set in Pittsburgh, She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is a thoroughly entertaining, original, and refreshing read. This is a story to get lost in.I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Boy meets girl in a cemetery.The girl is driven away in a white SUV.The boy sees the same girl in the same cemetery on the same bench one year later...Kismet? You decide!The description calls this book "A haunting tale of suspense." but it's more than that. For me, this was also a love story, J.D. Barker Style. There are many kinds of love in this book - love for family, love for friends, romantic love, etc. Family is also a theme. What makes a family? It's not just those we are related to, it Boy meets girl in a cemetery.The girl is driven away in a white SUV.The boy sees the same girl in the same cemetery on the same bench one year later...Kismet? You decide!The description calls this book "A haunting tale of suspense." but it's more than that. For me, this was also a love story, J.D. Barker Style. There are many kinds of love in this book - love for family, love for friends, romantic love, etc. Family is also a theme. What makes a family? It's not just those we are related to, it is those who are in our community, our friends, those who we have grown up with and have grown with, it can be the lady across the hall of the man who is hard of hearing who flips burgers where you work. Love, family, gunfire, death, burnt bodies, secret labs, obsession, and the search for the truth! "You have been in every line I have ever read." -Charles Dickens, Great ExpectationsJack Thatch (John Edward Thatch) a.k.a Pip was visiting his parent's graves with his Aunt Jo, the first time he met Stella, sitting on a bench in the cemetery with her favorite book, Great Expectations. From that moment on, he can't get her out of his mind. Then he sees her again in the same place a year later. Who is this mysterious young Stella? Who are the people with her? What's with all the white clothes and cars?Detective Brier has been noticing things or shall I say, dead people. Those like the man whose body was found in an alleyway burned but his clothing remains intact, untouched by whatever burned him. It happens every year on August 9th. Soon Detective Fogel is on the case as well.Then there is Subject "D" a young boy in a mysterious lab, who wears a mask and is not permitted to speak to anyone. He is powerful, and those who have him there, never want him to leave. He is kept alone, growing, thinking, imagining....All these things and people are connected in intricate and interesting ways. This is a BIG book, there is a lot going on - it's easy to digest but some of it will break your heart. Barker quotes Great Expectations in this book; however, while reading one scene from this book I was reminded of a quote from another book": "He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It's his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry." - Markus Zusak, Book Thief. Well, he did it. Barker made me cry with that one scene. This book is reminiscent of early King and Koontz. King fans know he is not afraid to kill his darlings....so who will Barker kill in this book? He had me grabbing my tissues.For those that have read Barker's other books, this one is a little different but just as wonderful. Here he shows us a different side. He also shows us character development, he gives us a glimpse into his character's lives over a span of time. We see them grow, change, make mistakes, get knocked down, get back up, keep on going. In his 4MK series, we see character development throughout his series, in this book, we see it over the span of these character's lives. Besides being a love story, this is also a coming of age story with a sci-fi, suspense/thriller plot.This book is not as fast-paced as his other books, yet it is just as rewarding. Keep in mind, that even though I am saying it is not as fast-paced, in no way am I saying it is slow - it's not. This book keeps building, just like Jack and Stella, it keeps growing. There are characters to love and characters who are creepy, characters who are bad and those who are a mixture of both good and bad. There are those you will root for, those who you wish would do better, and then there was "D". There is a human factor here, these characters will get under your skin, and their plight will have you feeling all kinds of emotions.Like his other books, this book was beautifully written and came together brilliantly. Nothing felt rushed or drawn out. I found the pacing to be perfect. I found this book to be compelling and I was riveted to the pages, turning them as fast as my schedule would allow. I loved getting to know these characters and reading where Barker took them. Plus, he has me wanting to read Great Expectations again, and again and again.Highly Recommend! As long as Barker keeps writing, I’ll keep reading! He’s the real deal and has proven he can and will deliver book after book. P.S. Don’t overlook the “From the Author” section at the end. Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, it was fantastic! All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    My first thought about this JD Barker novel was what an unwieldy title, but this terrific multi-genre mystery thriller is a captivating and emotional roller coaster of a read, revolving around Dicken's Great Expectations whilst paying tribute to Stephen King. First though, you need to ensure you have time to sink into the story, the book is long, but rest assured you will not notice this as you become immersed and will not want to stop until it all concludes. Young Jack Thatch is living an My first thought about this JD Barker novel was what an unwieldy title, but this terrific multi-genre mystery thriller is a captivating and emotional roller coaster of a read, revolving around Dicken's Great Expectations whilst paying tribute to Stephen King. First though, you need to ensure you have time to sink into the story, the book is long, but rest assured you will not notice this as you become immersed and will not want to stop until it all concludes. Young Jack Thatch is living an impoverished life with his Aunt Jo, whose love for him runs deep, his life has been touched by heartbreaking tragedy when his parents died in a horrifying car crash. On visiting his parents grave in the cemetery, Jack encounters 8 year old Stella sitting on a bench, reading the best book in the world, Great Expectations, for Stella, Jack is Pip. Their meeting might well have been brief, but Jack is captivated and cannot forget her.Despite turning up numerous times to see if he can see Stella again, it takes a year to the day before Jack sees Stella again, and through the years they meet on the exact same day. Detective Faustino Brier and his partner are puzzled when the body of a dead man is found in the strangest of circumstances, he is burnt and charred, yet his clothes are untouched, and every year on the same day, another body turns up. In a world of shadows, in the most secret and isolated of laboratories is a boy, codenamed Subject D, a boy with the kind of abilities that ensures he will never be released. Through the years, Barker develops his characters in a narrative that includes oodles of suspense, road trips, a Jack surrounded by death, and twists as surprising connections become clear. This is the most intriguing, haunting, and riveting of novels, of love, friendship and a coming of age tale. This is one hell of a thrill ride which I recommend highly. Many thanks to Hampton Creek Press for an ARC.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I'll be honest and tell you that I have never read J.D. Barkers 4MK series even though so many of my friends have sung its praises. For whatever reason I was just not sold on the premise. One day I was on NetGalley (I know, shocking!) and She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be was available to "read now". The title piqued my interest, the cover is perfection, and the synopsis intriguing - what does a girl have to lose? I am so happy to have downloaded this gem of a book because it is I'll be honest and tell you that I have never read J.D. Barkers 4MK series even though so many of my friends have sung its praises. For whatever reason I was just not sold on the premise. One day I was on NetGalley (I know, shocking!) and She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be was available to "read now". The title piqued my interest, the cover is perfection, and the synopsis intriguing - what does a girl have to lose? I am so happy to have downloaded this gem of a book because it is nothing short of phenomenal. I truly did get King vibes from this one. This epic story of nearly 800 pages covers a 30 year span of time which makes this review incredibly difficult to write. John Tatch lost his parents in a car accident and now lives with his fierce but loving Aunt Jo. Every August 8th, the anniversary of their death, they spend the day at the cemetery by their gravesides. This year is different though. John spots a girl his age sitting on a bench reading a book. He becomes completely mesmerized by her and makes his way to her bench to introduce himself. (This scene is so damn cute!) Her name is Stella and she is reading Great Expectations and she doesn't seem to find John interesting at all and tells him so. Dumbfounded by her honesty he continues to sit in her company until, before he knows it, Stella is being ushered away by the people in white. John is not deterred and continues to visit the cemetery and the bench they shared day after day and Stella never arrives. He doesn't see her around town or in school. She is a mystery that he becomes obsessed with. Then when August 8th rolls around again, much to his surprise, Stella is sitting on the bench reading her book. The people in white are also nearby. Who is this girl? Where does she come from? Why must she wear gloves? And who are the people in white? These are all questions you will be asking yourselves.I loved so many characters in this book: John, Duncan, Stella, Aunt Jo, Gerdy. 💗Subject "D" - Talk about goosebumps! A very creepy young man wearing a mask, locked in a cell, and no one and I mean NO ONE should ever listen to him speak. If he doesn't keep you flipping the pages then I don't know what will. Every single emotion was felt while I read this book and for that - ALL THE STARS!!! Thank you to NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, JD Barker, and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.A fan of JD Barker and his off the wall work, I was happy to get my hands on this ARC of his latest standalone. This book kept me up late, wondering how things would fall into place, while also impressing me with the twists embedded in the narrative. John Edward Jack Thatch suffered quite the loss when he First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, JD Barker, and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.A fan of JD Barker and his off the wall work, I was happy to get my hands on this ARC of his latest standalone. This book kept me up late, wondering how things would fall into place, while also impressing me with the twists embedded in the narrative. John Edward ‘Jack’ Thatch suffered quite the loss when he was four, as both his parents died in an automobile accident. He visits their gravestones every year on August 8th and when he does so in 1984, young Jack meets Stella, a mysterious little girl. Captivated by her, Jack sees her every year on the same day, but cannot understand who she is there to see or what brings her back. With no parents of her own, Stella is accompanied by a group who wear white coats and travel in sleek vehicles. Jack’s infatuation grows over the years, though Stella remains aloof about his interest. Jack’s day-to-day life heats up in Pittsburgh as he becomes a teenager, particularly when his aunt passes away and leaves him a sum of money. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh PD have been chasing down a number of cold cases, all committed around August 8th. Each of the victims seems to be ‘scorched’ but the surroundings are untouched. Acting on some curious intel, the authorities wonder if Stella might be behind the murders, even though she was just a baby when they began. At the standoff, many die, but Stella is able to elude capture. She flees into the night, on the run for crimes about which she knows all too well. Jack also falls off the grid after learning his father kept a monumental secret from him, which could explain the connection to Stella. This baffling mystery might bring Jack and Stella even closer, while explaining some of the odd things taking place around Pittsburgh for so long. A mind-bending novel that only Barker could concoct. It will leave the reader more confused than when they started, but in the best possible way. Recommended to those who love something that challenges the norms of mystery and thriller writing.When I first discovered JD Barker, I knew I was in for an exciting ride. His stories are never a simple A to B, meandering around and keeping the reader enthralled until the very end. There is so much to them that the reader must pay close attention and hope that their comprehension hat is firmly affixed. Jack is a wonderfully complex character who develops so well throughout this book, but seems to do so in fits and starts. His backstory is thorough and keeps revealing itself, much as his developments throughout will keep the reader trying to sketch out what they know and how it all fits. There is so much on the go and yet it does not seem overwhelming when taken in small doses. Others, including Stella, develop nicely throughout, as Barker peels back their layers to discover some wonderfully juicy tidbits of their own. Many characters complement what Jack is doing, though some take the story in many tangents. Speaking of the larger story, this is a massive one and goes in so many directions. That being said, Barker keeps it grounded enough that the reader can follow what is going on and see the progression with ease. Broken into multiple parts—which are themselves divided into ‘annual chapters’—the story is more easily digested, without losing the needed narrative momentum. I found myself in awe as I finished, to see where I had come in this reading journey. This book is not for the weak of heart or superficial reader, but I can assure any who take the journey, it will not be easily forgotten.Kudos, Mr. Barker, for a great tale that took me on quite the adventure.Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    One thing is for sure with a title such as this book has, one could certainly expect to be in for a surprise. With a book of close to eight hundred pages, this story's length might be one to discourage a reader. However, do yourself a favor and grab a copy for this is one heck of a story brilliantly told.Jack Thatch is a young boy who is left bereft when his parents die in a car crash. Left to live with his hard working but very poor Aunt Jo, Jack's life look bleak and one where he will find One thing is for sure with a title such as this book has, one could certainly expect to be in for a surprise. With a book of close to eight hundred pages, this story's length might be one to discourage a reader. However, do yourself a favor and grab a copy for this is one heck of a story brilliantly told.Jack Thatch is a young boy who is left bereft when his parents die in a car crash. Left to live with his hard working but very poor Aunt Jo, Jack's life look bleak and one where he will find little to be joyful about. One day, August 8th to be exact, while visiting his parents' graves, Jack meets, sitting on a bench, a young girl who is followed by a team of white clad people and cars. How very strange and mysterious! Stella becomes an enigma, a conundrum, a puzzlement to Jack. She will return at intervals on that same August 8th day, to the same bench this journey began on, always with those people in white. The odyssey of Jack and Stella commences. There is something sinister, something eerie, something otherworldly about Stella, but the attraction Jack feels becomes stronger every year, and his heart becomes involved with a love that is tenacious and vibrant. There is not a day when Jack does not think of Stella for he is convinced she is his destiny. Meanwhile life goes on for Jack. He works with his aunt in a diner and the two of them scrimp and save to try to make ends meets. But mysterious things start happening. Jack receives five hundred dollars monthly, left on his bed, and has no idea where or how this money comes to be. He meets with Stella whenever she appears on August 8th, and they find common ground in the work of Dickens's Great Expectations. Jack becomes Stella's Pip.There is much about Stella that is shrouded in mystery. Why the wearing of gloves and why is she accompanied to the graveyard by these white clad people with a women tender.......and then there are the bodies that are starting to surface. Bodies that seemed to have been burned and yet not burned. The police get involved. Detectives Fogel and Brier are on the trail especially since there seems to be a pattern of one dead body found on August 9th, the day after Jack and Stella's intermittent meetings.There is another perplexing character, a boy D, who is locked away, harboring a terrible secret and ability. How he and the others figure into this enigma drives the story forward at a pace that takes one's breath away.This is a love story, love in its many forms, familial, friendship, but ultimately, it is the love Jack has for Stella that brings this story full circle to a most amazing conclusion.I totally fell in love with the book. It was one in which hours passed, and one more chapter became two, three or four. It was one where the middle of the night reading became the rule. It was just that good. So, do indeed take a look at this book. It has everything one loves in stories and through its masterful telling is able to weave a tale so intricate, so loving, so scary, so intriguing that the words you can't put this book down takes on new meaning.Many thanks to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press, and NetGalley for a copy of this fantastic book due out on March 31, 2020.
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  • Helga
    January 1, 1970
    Life is a series of crossroads, and most of the time, they lead down one-way streets.Ladies and Gentlemen!May I have your attention please? I declare this book deliciously delectable. This book ROCKED! I am rocked! I deliberately read it at a snails pace in order to savor every little detail, every sentence and every instance.I love Charles Dickens and have read and cherished almost all of his work. I read Great Expectation for the first time when I was 12 and reread it a couple of years ago. “Life is a series of crossroads, and most of the time, they lead down one-way streets.”Ladies and Gentlemen!May I have your attention please? I declare this book deliciously delectable. This book ROCKED! I am rocked! I deliberately read it at a snail’s pace in order to savor every little detail, every sentence and every instance.I love Charles Dickens and have read and cherished almost all of his work. I read Great Expectation for the first time when I was 12 and reread it a couple of years ago. Although this book is inspired by the masterpiece, it is brilliant and refreshing in its own right. The characters (some lovable, some pleasant and a few despicable) are so well-developed and wonderfully sketched, that little by little you realize you have become a member of the family, a part of their lives and at the end, when the time to say goodbye is fast approaching (all good things must come to an end) you find yourself addicted, mesmerized, haunted.“A moment can be an eternity, if we let it.”Every year on August 8, on the anniversary of his patents’ death, Jack Thatch and his aunt Jo go to the cemetery and visit their graves. One day on August 8, Jack sees a girl sitting on a bench in the cemetery. Her name is Stella, she carries Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and she calls Jack “Pip”.“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”-Charles Dickens, Great expectationsDear reader, if you like suspense and mystery, then this book is for you. If you like an enjoyable love story, then this book is for you. If you like to lose yourself for a while in the land of fantasy, then this book is for you. You’re going to be in for the ride of your life.Thanks to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press and the NetGalley for the book.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    It's funny how some tales take parts of a person. This one did it for me. I'm undecided whether it's a great story, or just o.k. Barker hits my weird bone! Some may have a funny bone, but that's a nerve ending. I can't tell ya' how Barker works in my head...but, he does! That's really all I care about. Love this author!
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is an exciting un-put-downable thriller. DONT read the rest of this review. DONT read any reviews. JUST dive into the book like I did based on all the unspoken promises in the amazing title and prepare yourself for the unexpected. Truly, you will find yourself fascinated by whats being told. And, you wont have a bloody clue where this yarn is going. Not a damn clue. JUST read the damn thing. Cmon now, its less than 800 pages (barely). If you cant She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is an exciting un-put-downable thriller. DON’T read the rest of this review. DON’T read any reviews. JUST dive into the book like I did based on all the unspoken promises in the amazing title and prepare yourself for the unexpected. Truly, you will find yourself fascinated by what’s being told. And, you won’t have a bloody clue where this yarn is going. Not a damn clue. JUST read the damn thing. C’mon now, it’s less than 800 pages (barely). If you can’t however heed my warnings and you must know more, then read on. I feel much like Gene Wilder in Willie Wonka though imploring the children not to drink from the chocolate river, not to try to grab the golden goose, and not to get in the way of the real tv camera. I know you can’t help yourself but don’t say I didn’t warn you.If anyone can convince us that Great Expectations (the book that English teachers 👩‍🏫 ruined for most of us) is worth reading, JD Barker has now made the argument. It is the key 🔑 to all the mysteries here (well. Some of them. Anyway). I never thought I would willingly discuss That Book again, but Stella thinks it’s the best book in the world. It all begins with a young boy in a cemetery visiting his parents’ graves where he unwittingly meets a high and haughty spoiled princess who informs him that he is a dirty unmannered proletariat like Pip (read Great Expectations). And, once a year, the princess and her snooty entourage return and mock his comic books and his upbringing. And each year - on August 8th he waits for her (Stella) to return. He even reads that crazy book for her - you know, that book.But it’s not just this tender sorta romance sorta sick infatuation. There’s more. Because there’s a twisted connection and between the bullets, the serial killings, the exploding diners, the mysterious benefactors, the secret cult of those dressed in white, you’ve got a Jane Hawke type thriller and a Jack Reacher wandering guy on the run thriller with good guys and bad guys and the fate of the world depending on them. On the way, we are treated to magic and friendship and trust and distrust and family and not family and experiments gone wild. The pacing is superb. The writing ✍️ designed to slowly but surely draw you in.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    The wonderful thing about starting to read a book by J.D. Barker is that you never know where his weird and amazing imagination is going to take you. A consummate storyteller, he admits that he doesn't work to a plot outline and lets the book take him where it will and perhaps that is why it works so well for him. As promised She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is not as dark as the 4MK trilogy but it is just as wondrous. We have two children who meet in a cemetery on 8th August The wonderful thing about starting to read a book by J.D. Barker is that you never know where his weird and amazing imagination is going to take you. A consummate storyteller, he admits that he doesn't work to a plot outline and lets the book take him where it will and perhaps that is why it works so well for him. As promised She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is not as dark as the 4MK trilogy but it is just as wondrous. We have two children who meet in a cemetery on 8th August every year, a little girl kept in a mansion surrounded by guards dressed in white, a boy kept locked in a sound proof room and carefully watched and studied every minute of the day and a detective who keeps what he calls a 'wall of weird' documenting bodies that have turned up over the years their flesh and internal organs strangely burnt but their clothes intact. Jack Thatch is the narrator who meets the little girl, Stella (Estella) Nettleton in the cemetery in 1984 when they are both eight years old. Jack is with his Auntie Jo visiting the graves of his parents, killed in a car crash four years previously. Stella is sitting on a bench reading her favourite book, 'Great Expectations'. As in the book, Stella's parents are also dead and she lives in a mansion with a guardian. She decides Jack can become her Pip. Even though they speak for only a few minutes and won't meet again for another year, it's the start of a lifelong obsession for Jack and he becomes compelled to seek Stella out to find out more about her. Although this is a long book, I enjoyed every minute of it. All the strange and unusual pieces fit together so well in a perfectly made jigsaw - Stella's isolated and privileged existence, Jack's strange dreams about his father, the mystery boy in the locked room, the people in white and their ever present white cars and the strangely burnt people. Great characters and a fabulously original tale full of suspense, intrigue, friendship and love, just as a great novel should be.With many thanks to Hampton Creek Press and Netgalley for providing a copy to read
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    OMG what a book! This is only the second book I've read by J.D. Barker - the first being a collaboration with Dacre Stoker - Dracul - which was a fascinating read. This book is horror first of all, but could be considered mystery or thriller as well - there is definitely quite a mystery and thriller definitely fits. In the acknowledgements J. D. Barker said he wrote this book as something lighter after his dark 4MK thriller series. I thought this one was pretty dark, but now I'm figuring I'll OMG what a book! This is only the second book I've read by J.D. Barker - the first being a collaboration with Dacre Stoker - Dracul - which was a fascinating read. This book is horror first of all, but could be considered mystery or thriller as well - there is definitely quite a mystery and thriller definitely fits. In the acknowledgements J. D. Barker said he wrote this book as something lighter after his dark 4MK thriller series. I thought this one was pretty dark, but now I'm figuring I'll have to read that 4MK series as well.I raced through this book because I couldn't put it down. I could never figure out exactly what was going on until the end and I'm still filled with questions. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a while. Totally engrossing and fascinating - and let me say pretty darn original.Kudos J. D Barker! The characters are so realistic and yet fantastic. The plot is engrossing and fast paced. Loved it.Thanks to J. D. Barker and Hampton Creek Press through Netgalley for an advance copy. This was an awesome read!
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be, was a book that I just could not put down!I read another book by JD Barker last year - Dracul which I also thought was exceptional. I will definitely be reading more of this author's collection.A young boy Jack Thatch meets a young girl Stella every year on August 8th on a bench, in a cemetery by the graves of his parents, who were killed when Jack was just a little boy.The story unfolds throughout events that cover a great many years of their She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be, was a book that I just could not put down!I read another book by JD Barker last year - Dracul which I also thought was exceptional. I will definitely be reading more of this author's collection.A young boy Jack Thatch meets a young girl Stella every year on August 8th on a bench, in a cemetery by the graves of his parents, who were killed when Jack was just a little boy.The story unfolds throughout events that cover a great many years of their lives. A story that is both thriller as well as sci-fi /fantasy in description, and with a little in comic book feel to it.The readers will connect to many of these characters throughout the pages, and never a dull moment.A highly recommended book to read in my opinion, and a strong 5 Star rating as wellThank you to NetGalley, Hampton Creek Press, and Author J.D. Barker for my early copy in exchange for my review.#SheHasABrokenThingWhereHerHeartShouldBe #NetGalley
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  • Xavier Hugonet
    January 1, 1970
    She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is the first novel Ive read from J.D. Barker, in spite of having exchanging with him on Twitter about his 4MK series a while ago (I still have to get to it). This is a great novel.August, 8 1984. A boy codenamed  D  is kept in an inescapable room by an unknown organization. Hes constantly under surveillance through monitors on a thirty seconds delay. August, 8 1984. John Edward Thatch, then 8 years old, visits his parents grave with his aunt Jo. She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is the first novel I’ve read from J.D. Barker, in spite of having exchanging with him on Twitter about his 4MK series a while ago (I still have to get to it). This is a great novel.August, 8 1984. A boy codenamed « D » is kept in an inescapable room by an unknown organization. He’s constantly under surveillance through monitors on a thirty seconds delay. August, 8 1984. John Edward Thatch, then 8 years old, visits his parents’ grave with his aunt Jo. On a bench in the cemetery, he meets a girl his age, Stella. She’s reading Great Expectations while being monitored by a woman in white. She leaves with her in a white SUV. Jack will again see her on August 8 the following year, and then again. She only appears on the bench on this exact day. August 8, 1987. Detective Faustino Brier investigates the death of a man found in an alley. Burnt, but not burnt, as if everyone of his cells turned to ash. This isn’t the first time he encounters such a case. Similar bodies have turned up every year, on August 8, since 1978. Reviewing this novel without spoiling anything proved particularly difficult.At some point, Stella will fail to appear. Jack will embark on a quest to find her. Pittsburgh’s finests (at least their de facto X-Files division) will do the same to try and solve their serial deaths.. We’ll also learn more about an organization reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Shop (antagonists in Firestarter, Golden Years, The Tommyknockers, The Stand...).When we begin to figure out where J.D. Barker’s story is going, we are proven wrong by a major twist. Many characters embark on a road trip, and a game of cat and mice, across the USA. Cats and mice roles shifting along the way. This book is a paranormal thriller. But, it is also a story about growing up, friendship, love, obsession, addiction. A story about conspiracy, about good and evil, but also all shades of grey between them. It is masterfully crafted by J.D. Barker, who has such a way with words that you’re kept hypnotized by his pages. There is humor, subtly weaved in the narration of this real big story. Big not solely by its page count, but foremost big in scope. She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be should have its place on the shelves where you keep Stephen King and Dean Koontz’ best novels. Thanks to Hampton Creek Press and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for this unbiased review. Now, please excuse me while I go buy and read everything else J.D. Barker has written. It’s about time.
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my reviewI highly recommend this book, but make sure you don't have anything planned, as once you turn the first page. It is impossible to put down. This book is right up there with the 4MK trilogy, as one hell of a literary ride. The story line was well thought out and written with fantastic characters that are well drawn and developed. This is a multi-genre mystery, thriller, paranormal, love story.The story takes you from 1978 all the way through I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my reviewI highly recommend this book, but make sure you don't have anything planned, as once you turn the first page. It is impossible to put down. This book is right up there with the 4MK trilogy, as one hell of a literary ride. The story line was well thought out and written with fantastic characters that are well drawn and developed. This is a multi-genre mystery, thriller, paranormal, love story.The story takes you from 1978 all the way through to 2020, with the main character Jack hiding from the mysterious people in white, while he is constantly trying to follow Stella. There is so much going on in this story, that you read furiously, trying to catch up and anticipate what is next. Just when you think you have worked it all out, then something happens to say “no, you are wrong” or “close but not quite”This is a very long book approx. 770 pages, but there are no wasted words, paragraphs etc, that I sometimes find in much shorter books. Worth a lot more than 5 stars.
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  • Dustin
    January 1, 1970
    Available now through NetGalley, I thought I'd share these blurbs: "A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind! Jeffrey DeaverI dont say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with. Tosca Lee Available now through NetGalley, I thought I'd share these blurbs: "A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!” Jeffrey Deaver“I don’t say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with.”— Tosca Lee
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  • Javier
    January 1, 1970
    Last summer I read the 4MK series in a little more than a week and it instantly became one of my favorite thrillers ever, so when I saw on NG that its author had a new book coming out I requested it even without reading the blurb and I'm so glad I did."She has a broken thing where her heart should be" was a mesmerizing read. It's a multi-genre story with so many layers I got sucked in almost from page one. It is a friendship tale, a thriller, a coming of age story, an 80s kids adventure, a Last summer I read the 4MK series in a little more than a week and it instantly became one of my favorite thrillers ever, so when I saw on NG that its author had a new book coming out I requested it even without reading the blurb and I'm so glad I did."She has a broken thing where her heart should be" was a mesmerizing read. It's a multi-genre story with so many layers I got sucked in almost from page one. It is a friendship tale, a thriller, a coming of age story, an 80s kids adventure, a secret experiments mystery, a road trip journey...but above all it is a love story spanning decades. I couldn't stop reading specially for the first half of the book. I just needed to know more about what was happening. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not a big fan of sci-fi/supernatural stories where baffling events happen, but here it was told in such an enthralling way I didn't even care for my reticences.Even though it is almost 800 pages long, it doesn't feel long at all. The characters are so well developed that you even care for the secondary ones, suffering along with Jack when something bad happens. It gave me some serious Stephen King/X-files vibes and I couldn't help myself imagining some scenes on the big screen (that final confrontantion with the villain gave me chills!)Highly recommended story with a premise so original that you will find yourself glued to the pages. With this book J.D. Barker has got me to read anything he writes from now on whatever the genre.Thanks to Netgalley and Hampton Creek Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joy E Perry
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ⭐ rounded up to 5 🌟Where do I start? For a person like me who really enjoys books when they span a person's life beginning in childhood this book was a joy to read.The main characters, Jack and Stella meet in sort of strange circumstances on August 8, when they are both 8 years old. Jack is at the cemetery with his Aunt Jo visiting his parents gravesite when he wanders off and meets a beautiful lil girl (Stella) sitting on a bench reading a worn copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 4.5 ⭐ rounded up to 5 🌟Where do I start? For a person like me who really enjoys books when they span a person's life beginning in childhood this book was a joy to read.The main characters, Jack and Stella meet in sort of strange circumstances on August 8, when they are both 8 years old. Jack is at the cemetery with his Aunt Jo visiting his parents gravesite when he wanders off and meets a beautiful lil girl (Stella) sitting on a bench reading a worn copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. There is a mysterious white van waiting for her. They only talk a matter of minutes but Jack becomes enthralled by this little girl!The story moves on with both children meeting on that same bench in the cemetery for several years, always on August 8th. Jack looks forward to seeing her every year and starts waiting from the moment they part until he can see her again. There is always that white van. This goes on for several years until Jack is a teenager, as I recall. One time he is even taken in the van to where Stella lives. What a wondrous and intriguing place it seems to him. Never once do they touch and after the last time at the bench, Jack continues to look for her there every year, even enlisting his friends to aid him in finding out more about her.The book encompasses everything that happens in Jack's life in between the yearly visits and then for the years after, until they finally meet again.To me, this was essentially a beautiful love story, with fun times, tragedy and science fiction all thrown into the mix. I really enjoyed this book and thought it very well written. My only dislike was that the book was over 700 pgs. I felt it could have easily been shortened 100-200 pages and still been just as great, but a lil faster paced.All in all I loved this book and would recommend to a friend. I also would read a second book about Jack and Stella but that probably won't happen. A girl can wish though, can't I?***Many thanks for an advanced review copy from #NetGalley, #Hampton Creek Press, and the author J.D. Barker!!!***
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  • Sue Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Thankyou to NetGalley, Hampton Creek Press, IBPA and the author, J. D. Barker, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I was beyond excited at receiving a copy of this book. I have read JD Barker's previous novels and loved every one of them. I was eager to see what this offering would be like. I mean, all fabulous writers ( and in my opinion JD Barker definitely belongs in this Thankyou to NetGalley, Hampton Creek Press, IBPA and the author, J. D. Barker, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I was beyond excited at receiving a copy of this book. I have read JD Barker's previous novels and loved every one of them. I was eager to see what this offering would be like. I mean, all fabulous writers ( and in my opinion JD Barker definitely belongs in this category ), has a book that is not quite as good as previous works, right? Well, this book is right up there with the 4MK trilogy, Dracul and Forsaken. This book is one hell of a literary ride. The storyline was well thought out and written with characters that are well drawn and compelling. J K Barker just gets better and better. Definitely, highly recommend this book but make sure you don't plan on doing much until you turn the last page. Once you get drawn into the story, its impossible to put the book down. Well worth more than 5 stars.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world, can create life or experience death. Writing can take you to places youve never been, introduce you to people youve never met, take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room, when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet, and it can show you what uttered them. It can scare the hell out of you, and thats when you know its good." -J.D. BarkerWell, hot damn -Welcome- !!!Have you ever been "Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world, can create life or experience death. Writing can take you to places you’ve never been, introduce you to people you’ve never met, take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room, when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet, and it can show you what uttered them. It can scare the hell out of you, and that’s when you know it’s good." -J.D. BarkerWell, hot damn -Welcome- !!!Have you ever been told the dark couldn't hurt you?You know in darkness there is light?Yes....Oh so much light and love and family connections!Where to begin and where to end is inconsequential when you have such magnificent character development that spans across the decades!What is a story without travel?So, with this said this is a journey about not just relationships but love, dreams, fears, and most importantly of the dark side and death.I digress but roughly a three weeks ago I came down with the flu and it's funny how life goes full circle...as it was first a curse but perhaps in the end it was a gift.Makes you wonder how life is fragile yet beautiful.Oh, and speaking of beautiful this one character David is BEAUTIFUL!Now not to be outdone but Jack is in his own way special as he's the BOY WHO COULDN'T DIE!Stella well she's quite something as her heart is pure and her love is golden.This reminds me -remember that game Frogger by Atari in the early eighties? "The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards."Funny, but similarities are shocking...It's like a 'leapfrog' but with plenty of odd consequences and actions resulting and burned out bodies left in its wake.This was part sci-fi meets part thriller with everything in between that was pure MAGICAL!What I can tell you is this," Nobody else matters, there's only us. Nothing else matters."Gosh if my husband told me this..we'd still be married today, LOL.Instead my ex husband tried to destroy me and my kids as he suffered from a personality trait disorder known as malignant narcissism.Now you might ask why I brought that up here-- and you see-- mental illness and or personality traits are quite rooted in DNA and it appears DNA has quite a bit to say about both past and present actions.But what if there's something more we as patients can do to counter such illnesses or diagnosis? Makes you wonder...What if love makes the heart grow fonder?What if you can't die?What if,"The safety of the known outweighs the unknown."When my mother in law had lung cancer she went through a trial offer by the pharma company to buy time - time she couldn't get back - time to attend our wedding- time that she used to reconnect with her only son and new daughter in law...but what if the doctors had told her that she could live forever, or perhaps her offspring would never suffer if she took some magical cure all pill? I think she'd still be here...right?Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye..in fact sometimes we wish they'd take others or in this case, "take us all."What if you can stop it?Now, think about it!So I leave you with this...44yrs later and still beautiful....scars and all.Ahhh that's the ticket~!What a fab read! My word I'm speechless!But in closing - as a huge PSU fan I must note this on record- 'WE ARE'ENJOY!
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  • Michelle Only Wants to Read
    January 1, 1970
    Release day is finally here, 3/31! ...if you dont know what to do while staying home, heres a cool story to keep you busy and entertained 😏I did not read the blurb for this book. I got the NetGalley email inviting me to read it and because it's J.D. Barker I immediately downloaded it. Mr. Barker has slowly entered my list of favorites. His 4MK series was the golden ticket. I had heaps of fun reading this book (even when I questioned the decisions of some of the characters many times). She Has A Release day is finally here, 3/31! ...if you don’t know what to do while staying home, here’s a cool story to keep you busy and entertained 😏I did not read the blurb for this book. I got the NetGalley email inviting me to read it and because it's J.D. Barker I immediately downloaded it. Mr. Barker has slowly entered my list of favorites. His 4MK series was the golden ticket. I had heaps of fun reading this book (even when I questioned the decisions of some of the characters many times). She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be departs from his previous work. This book was incredibly satisfying for me. I have to say that I sensed a strong StephenKing-nesque vibe in it. Perhaps it was just the vibe of excellent storytelling. Do not be afraid of its massive length. I often wondered (as I knew I owed NetGalley an honest review) through the story if it was too long and it could have been shortened. I suppose anything can be chopped if one wants to! I decided it was as long as the story took to be told. Some stories take longer than others. The book spans through decades in the lives of the characters, and I enjoyed knowing them as they matured and aged. I will not repeat the blurb in my review. I can only say that I felt engaged throughout the book, that I thoroughly enjoyed its premise and that I could not put it down until it was over. There is a supernatural element to the story. One that you'll have to find out about as you read it. If this does not seem appealing to you, I encourage you to make an exception and let Barker's flawless narrative guide you. The story themes are more on family, friendship, forgiveness, and love. If you are a Dickens' fan, you may recognize many elements of Great Expectations in this story. I believe this is Barker's homage to Charlie's work. You do not need to have read Dickens' story to enjoy it though. A quick Wikipedia search will help you connect both stories, should you be that curious (I was!) and you may get an additional kick out of the book. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! This was awesome.
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  • Mommacat
    January 1, 1970
    Review CopyDon't make any outside plans. Order groceries to be delivered. Check out what restaurants will deliver to your home. Plan on becoming a shut-in for as long as it takes to read 775 pages of the best storytelling I have read in a very long time. Here's some more do's and don'ts. Don't read reviews with spoilers! Do go into BROKEN THING with no expectations other than J.D. Barker is a thriller writer in his prime. Do try to figure the story out. (It won't matter). Don't forget to eye Review CopyDon't make any outside plans. Order groceries to be delivered. Check out what restaurants will deliver to your home. Plan on becoming a shut-in for as long as it takes to read 775 pages of the best storytelling I have read in a very long time. Here's some more do's and don'ts. Don't read reviews with spoilers! Do go into BROKEN THING with no expectations other than J.D. Barker is a thriller writer in his prime. Do try to figure the story out. (It won't matter). Don't forget to eye drops in that grocery order. You'll probably read far too long. Your eyes may start burning.SHE HAS A BROKEN THING WHERE HER HEART SHOULD BE is a long, low build spanning more than 40 years. There's action, but it's not action packed. It's Barker at his best. It's a book I wish I had a signed hardcover for display. I plan on re-reading my kindle copy at least yearly - at least as often as I have THE STAND and IT. BROKEN THING is a settled with those two as my favorite books of all time. I had forgotten just how good a huge, fall into a book novel could be.Bravo, J.D.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to not compare this book to his 4MK series. That's how I came to know this author - through cleverly crafted, thrilling murders. This is a horse of a different color.Let the wordy title be your guide, this book is big. Sure, I read it on a Kindle so 700+ pages looked different for me, but there's a lot of story, told over decades, with many, many characters. A.big.book.But was it good? Sci-fi fans will appreciate the underbelly of the story that hides as much as it shows about a few It's hard to not compare this book to his 4MK series. That's how I came to know this author - through cleverly crafted, thrilling murders. This is a horse of a different color.Let the wordy title be your guide, this book is big. Sure, I read it on a Kindle so 700+ pages looked different for me, but there's a lot of story, told over decades, with many, many characters. A.big.book.But was it good? Sci-fi fans will appreciate the underbelly of the story that hides as much as it shows about a few children's twisted lives and the results of one company's too-good-to-be-true offer. Thrill-seekers will latch on to the mystery and violence of the people in white and the heated cross-country pursuits. Some readers may like all of it. Others, none.I fall somewhere in the middle. Barker can't write a bad book, so there's that. After reading ...Broken Thing... though, I prefer his thriller/serial killer stuff. It's more in my wheelhouse.But if you're a Barker fan, don't skip this one; just take your time and enjoy the scenic route!
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    J. D. Barker never fails to deliver a page-flipping read. From the 4MK trilogy to Dracul, and Forsaken, the author has always pulled me into the story, and hasn't let go until the last page. I can't blame him for my addiction to all night reads since it started before The Fourth Monkey. What I can say is that this book, once again, was a story that I wasn't willing to put down, just to sleep.I don't choose a book based on its length, but if you do try to schedule your reading time, be aware that J. D. Barker never fails to deliver a page-flipping read. From the 4MK trilogy to Dracul, and Forsaken, the author has always pulled me into the story, and hasn't let go until the last page. I can't blame him for my addiction to all night reads since it started before The Fourth Monkey. What I can say is that this book, once again, was a story that I wasn't willing to put down, just to sleep.I don't choose a book based on its length, but if you do try to schedule your reading time, be aware that its a long one, 774 pages. Not one of those pages felt unnecessary as the story covers quite a bit of time, and honestly, I tend to get excited when I see that an author I love has written a big book! Plenty of pages to get immersed in the story!Jack Thatch lost his parents at a young age and now lives with his Aunt Jo. Every year, they visit the graves on August 8th, and it is here, on this day, that Jack first encounters Stella. A beautiful, mysterious girl who talks down to Jack and owns his heart. Though brief and not guaranteed to repeat every year, a bond is formed between Jack and Stella. One that cannot be broken by the strangeness that is Stella's life, the passage of time, or the heartbreaking tragedies that Jack endures.Why is Stella followed by people in white coats, and why is an oddly burned body always discovered on August 9th? There is much to learn about Stella, and not all of it is good. And Jack, the boy with a good heart and little money, who death seems to surround, yet never touch. It will be many years before all the puzzle pieces come together, but when they do, you will have read an amazing story about family, friendship, the evil that men do, and the power of love!In case I didn't mention it, I loved She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be! I will be purchasing a hard copy when this publishes and putting it right next to my Stephen King and Dean Koontz books. This is another author who has made my must-read list! If you haven't read any of his books, might I suggest the 4MK trilogy? All three books were solid 5 star reads for me! I'm also the one who can't stop talking about this book on Instagram, Twitter, GoodReads, and my blog. Amazon will also hear from me on publication day!I received a DRC from Hampton Creek Press through NetGalley.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I have come to the conclusion that Mr J.D. Barker is an absolute genius and he surely has a brilliant mind to write like he does I swear this man could list all the ingredients on a sauce bottle and I would read it !I was thrilled to get the ARC of this book as I have devoured all previous books by the author and loved every one and this one is no exception its an amazing read. Its a big book just short of 800 pages but I flew through it and was loathe for it to finish and was so sad when it did I have come to the conclusion that Mr J.D. Barker is an absolute genius and he surely has a brilliant mind to write like he does I swear this man could list all the ingredients on a sauce bottle and I would read it !I was thrilled to get the ARC of this book as I have devoured all previous books by the author and loved every one and this one is no exception it’s an amazing read. It’s a big book just short of 800 pages but I flew through it and was loathe for it to finish and was so sad when it did as yes it really is that good, well better than good which is a bit of an understatement this book is bloody brilliant and more.A completely unique read we have here it’s just different to anything your going to read and I assure you once you start you will not want to put the book down. So we have love, weirdness, loads of killings, fantastic characters , exciting plot and all of this spans over 30+ years and in those years we read about you become so connected to the characters you care about them deeply. It was a book I was gutted to finish, a book I felt I lived in and felt quite lost when it ended and a book I will never forget.So all I can really say is if you want a book that has everything you have sure got it here so don’t miss out grab a copy and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed it’s got to be one of my favourite reads ever.Massive thanks to J.D. Barker for another 100% winner of a read that I loved, keep writing I need more please !!My thanks also to NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Alice Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine binge-watching an incredible show and never wanting it to end. That's what it was like for me reading JD Barker's masterpiece "She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be." From the first stunning paragraph, I was hooked. This is a powerful story about outcasts who manage to find each other despite the otherworldly threat that hovers over everything. 8-year-old Jack Thatch meets a strange girl in a cemetery who's being watched by a woman in white. The girl leaves several minutes Imagine binge-watching an incredible show and never wanting it to end. That's what it was like for me reading JD Barker's masterpiece "She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be." From the first stunning paragraph, I was hooked. This is a powerful story about outcasts who manage to find each other despite the otherworldly threat that hovers over everything. 8-year-old Jack Thatch meets a strange girl in a cemetery who's being watched by a woman in white. The girl leaves several minutes later, but their brief encounter will haunt Jack forever. Smart, clever, Dickens-reading Stella becomes Jack's obsession, his passion. He returns to the cemetery again and again, but doesn't bump into her until exactly one year later, and then again a year later to the day. I thought I knew which direction the plot was going, but when Stella fails to appear in the cemetery one year, everything ramps up to eleven as the story hits its stride and never falters all the way to the emotionally powerful ending. Suspense, sci-fi and wonder are laced through this brilliant novel, and every character shines. The spooky unraveling of the mystery kept me turning the pages, trying to piece the puzzle together. But more than that, I felt like I was reading a literary classic about the loss of innocence - a dark, beautiful tale full of humor, wisdom and insight about the human condition.Stella is wonderfully rendered with a few simple brushstrokes. Aunt Jo is full of sass and heart. Jack Thatch is the perfect character to carry a book of this length, depth and quality. He's a gifted child who sees the world differently from the adults around him, and therefore can see the truth more clearly.Add to this a detective trying to solve the gruesome mystery of dead bodies that keep showing up on August 9th, and a shadowy laboratory where a boy named Subject "D" is being held and studied like a dangerous lab rat, the spookiness factor is palpable from the beginning. Evil is real. Love can't always protect us. Terrible secrets abound. I rate this book unputdownable. Highly recommended.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    All. The. Stars.I have never rated a book by J.D. Barker any less than five MASSIVE stars, and Im not about to start now! She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is so different from anything else Barker has written and it is both refreshing and unexpected. I have no idea where the man gets his ideas from but I would love to sit in a corner while his mind works and take notes. Unlike Barkers other novels, and especially his 4MK series, She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is All. The. Stars.I have never rated a book by J.D. Barker any less than five MASSIVE stars, and I’m not about to start now! She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is so different from anything else Barker has written and it is both refreshing and unexpected. I have no idea where the man gets his ideas from but I would love to sit in a corner while his mind works and take notes. Unlike Barker’s other novels, and especially his 4MK series, She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is set at a much slower rate. What is normally seen as a negative is expertly turned positive by forcing the reader to dig in deep with this story, pay attention and allow both the plot and character development to grow over time rather than rush to the climax. She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is a journey that is best experienced by going in blind so I’m not going to dive any further into this but I will say that this is book unlike anything you’ve read and it will keep you up well into the early morning hours, begging for more.Many, many thanks to NetGalley and Hampton Creek Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give my own, honest opinion
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    If Netflix's Stranger Things and the movie Boyhood (the one filmed over 12 years) had a crossover, I would imagine this would be the book. While I was overwhelmed by the length at first (I had just finished Steven King's IT and wasn't sure if I wanted to spend another month on one single book), I am glad I gave this one a whirl. It does not feel like a nearly 800-page book. It was hard to put down and all the characters felt well-developed and I was truly invested in the plot. It starts out as a If Netflix's Stranger Things and the movie Boyhood (the one filmed over 12 years) had a crossover, I would imagine this would be the book. While I was overwhelmed by the length at first (I had just finished Steven King's IT and wasn't sure if I wanted to spend another month on one single book), I am glad I gave this one a whirl. It does not feel like a nearly 800-page book. It was hard to put down and all the characters felt well-developed and I was truly invested in the plot. It starts out as a seemingly normal coming of age book, but quickly becomes so so much more deep and twisted. I highly recommend this one. Honestly I would not change a single thing about it. JD Barker is quickly eclipsing some of my favorite authors.Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Owl._.
    January 1, 1970
    This is a must read! 700+ pages in 7 hours good thing I had a completely free (no hubby, no kids, no work) day!! Could NOT put this one down (so happy I didnt have to). 😊 This one was a bit of everything - horror, mystery, thriller - and completely captivating. Add this to your TBR; preorder if you can. Plan a day to read when you have no other commitments. You wont be able to stop once you start. Thank you #netgalley and #hamptonpress for the eARC. This is a must read! 700+ pages in 7 hours — good thing I had a completely free (no hubby, no kids, no work) day!! Could NOT put this one down (so happy I didn’t have to). 😊 This one was a bit of everything - horror, mystery, thriller - and completely captivating. Add this to your TBR; preorder if you can. Plan a day to read when you have no other commitments. You won’t be able to stop once you start. Thank you #netgalley and #hamptonpress for the eARC.
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  • Jg
    January 1, 1970
    Do not start this book unless you have nothing to do except read and read and read some more. Because from the first sentence youll be sucked in, needing to read one more page, and one more after that and after that. This story is unstoppable, and long after its finished I cant stop thinking about the characters, their lives still wanting to know how they are and what theyre doing right now. Jack is being raised by his Aunt Jo and every August 8th they go to the Pittsburgh cemetery to visit his Do not start this book unless you have nothing to do except read and read and read some more. Because from the first sentence you’ll be sucked in, needing to read one more page, and one more after that and after that. This story is unstoppable, and long after it’s finished I can’t stop thinking about the characters, their lives still wanting to know how they are and what they’re doing right now. Jack is being raised by his Aunt Jo and every August 8th they go to the Pittsburgh cemetery to visit his mom and dad. This particular time he befriends a girl his age sitting on a bench reading Great Expectations. He feels an immediate rapport with Stella, and after she is whisked away, he can’t stop thinking of her. He continues going to the cemetery hoping to see her but it’s not until a year later, August 8th, that she’s once again sitting on the bench. This starts their once a year relationship as he pines for her in between, although his everyday life is very strange too. Many twists and turn, a stellar plot, great characters, it’s a book I already know I want to read again.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    Great Expectations of the new book by JD Barker and he did not disappoint. Well defined and relatable characters, strange and weird premise, and references to Charles Dickens. Pip and Estella's story is wildly entertaining. As good as the MK4 series is, I do believe I enjoyed this one more. Highly recommended. Thank you to the publisher, JD Barker and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
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