Today for a Lunch Lit tidbit excerpt we have HEARTBROKEN by Lisa Unger. I love the opening lines to the prologue:
“Birdie Burke stood on the edge of the rock and watched the first light of morning color the sky a dusty rose. As she perched on the cold, slippery stone shore, the lake water lapped at her toes. Other than the whisper of a light breeze through the trees, there was only
the distant calling of a loon.”
Does that not sound like a pleasant way to spend the morning hours?
From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies, Fragile, and Darkness, My Old Friend, a shattering new thriller about the ties that bind.
Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. Adrift, and involved with the wrong man, she is being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run. Without knowing each other, and with lives that couldn’t be more different, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map: Heart Island, an idyllic place in the middle of a lake in the Adirondacks, owned for generations by Birdie Burke’s family. The harsh and unyielding Birdie is at one with this island, which has a terrifying history all its own. She, too, has consequences to face.
Heartbroken is the mesmerizing story of these three women on a collision course, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle. Part thriller, part ghost story, part meditation on what holds us together and keeps us apart, this is a riveting tale of family dysfunction and a ticking clock of bad deeds and even more sinister outcomes.
Check out more of the Heartbroken exerpt here.