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Out of these basic ingredients, Minette Walters--the reigning alchemist of the British psychological thriller--has spun another complicated story of passion and repression. In the introduction to the reviewer's edition, Walters says: "Each character is portrayed in depth, and the solution lies in understanding what goes on inside their heads." This is true, up to a point. But what Walters doesn't mention is the sly, slow, and occasionally devious way she doles out the information needed to reach that understanding. You have to weigh the evidence of tidal charts and forensic tests. You must also decide whether the little lies of the characters add up to a big guilt. It's a plausible ending, but you may feel a bit manipulated. Other examples of Walters's alchemy: The Dark Room, The Echo, The Ice House, The Scold's Bridle. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
The Breaker was a very good book. It kept you guessing who the killer was until the very end. I mean you think you would have it figured out and then the cops would find another... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2000
The Breaker written by Minette Walters is an okay book. The beginning of the book is really good. It goes through talking about suspects. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Ryan
My first thought on this novel is ... don't spend any money on it! Borrow it from a friend or a library. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2000 by "24heineck"
This is suppose to be a mystery novel isn't it? This book lacked the suspense that previous efforts by Mrs. Walters has had. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2000 by k
Minette Walters has a wonderful descriptive writing style. I highly recommend her other books and most of The Breaker is written to the same high standard. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000 by Frances Mccaughan
I bought this book to read on a plane trip and it started out real good and I figured this would be a real winner. What happened to the suspense as to who was the murderer? Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000