The Breaker Mass Market Paperback – 2000
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At first, I found the mystery of the dead woman, and the lost little girl to be tense, but the tension rapidly disappeared into boredom. It took me two weeks to read this book, and it never takes me any more than four hours. The back and forth red herrings that led first to the husband, then to the boyfriend, and back again got tired very quickly, especially as none of teh twists were either original, or unexpected.
The only good characters were the rural policeman (his mild romance with the owner of a local stable barely keeping her head above water was the only really interesting part of the book.) and the dead woman, and then only real mystery was teh sea itself.
If you want a good mystery, read The Dark Room, or The Sculptress. Definitely skip this one.
From the cliffs above, two young boys who have slipped out of the house with their parents prized binoculars find a woman viciously murdered on a deserted beach. A glib yet brazen cast of characters comes into play as we slowly watch the constable and his partners unravel the mystery that surrounds Kate Sumner's last days on this earth.
I was torn between the possibilities of the murderer being several of the characters, right up until the end; this to me is the mark of a good mystery. If you are in the mood for a good detective mystery this one will hold your attention. Simon Prebble whose deep and distinguished voice is pleasant to the ear and adds to the telling of the story, narrates the book on tape. I would give this book 3.5 stars. Kelsana 12/17/01
This was a relatively quick read, but, as with all murder mysteries, details were important. I confess I wasn't certain about the killer's identity until the end. The plot was evenly paced and the personalities of the various characters were well presented.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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