Author(s): J. Robert Lennon
Following a string of affairs, Karl and Eleanor are giving their marriage one last shot: they're moving with their twelve-year-old daughter Irina from Brooklyn to a newly renovated, apparently charming old house near the upstate New York town of Broken River. Before their arrival, the house stood empty for over a decade. The reason is no secret. Twelve years previously, a brutal double murder took place there, a young couple killed in front of their child. The crime was never solved, and most locals consider the house cursed. The family may have left the deceptions of their city life behind them, but all three are still lying to each other, and to themselves. Before long the family's duplicity will unleash forces none of them could possibly have anticipated, putting them in mortal danger. This new novel by America's master of literary rule-breaking is part thriller, part family drama, part Gothic horror-and like all J.Robert Lennon's novels, it shows the consequences of human deceitfulness, and the dreadful force the past can exert on the present.
A stunning psychological literary thriller from 'a master of the dark arts' (Kelly Link)
Compelling from the first page, and then smart, sophisticated, suspenseful and satisfying throughout-Broken River is a first-class ride. -- Lee Child Hypnotic and unsettling, Broken River weaves a dark, compelling spell. -- Mick Herron, author of Real Tigers 'A writer with enough electricity to light up the country' -- Ann Patchett Praise for Familiar: Psychologically subtle and philosophically supple. It will leave you with a heightened awareness of the strange cracks and wormholes on the peripheries of life Daily Telegraph Bristles with menace and suspense - a terrific and disturbing read Daily Mail
J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including Familiar, Castle and Mailman, and two story collections, Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper's, Playboy, and the New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.