Broken Things

Broken Things

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I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:


It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.


I had read the Delirium trilogy before my blogging days and have since read two of Lauren’s books since blogging which you can see in my previously reviewed section. I can sometimes find her writing a bit hit and miss. However, I really enjoyed Broken Things and it kept me gripped throughout.

It centres around three girls named Brynn, Mia and Summer. Brynn and Mia were accused of brutally murdering Summer. It was believed that it was driven by their obsession with the book called ‘The Way Into Lovelorn.’ However, the girls didn’t do it. On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a discovery brings the mystery to the forefront again. Mia and Brynn are brought together again and this time they want to find out what really happened in the woods.

I was immediately intrigued by this book. It’s plot was highly original and exciting. I loved how the story was told between Brynn and Mia’s perspectives. I also enjoyed the chapters in-between that had quotes from ‘The Way Into Lovelorn.’ It was really fun to play detective and try to work out who exactly

I really liked both of the main characters. Brynn was the more outgoing of the two. Mia was quieter but I loved how she had the strength to stand up when something was wrong. They both had their own issues going on, but I do feel they worked well together despite their differences.

This book is intense, mysterious and pretty full on. It’s a compulsive reading experience but at the same time it has some very controversial subjects including murder of a child and paedophilia- so if you’re sensitive to these subjects approach this book with caution.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A brilliant read from Lauren Oliver! I was very impressed!

12 thoughts on “Broken Things

  1. Definitely sounds like a great read. I am intrigued about the mystery and how the two girls cleared their names. Definitely one for my TBR. Fab review, Chrissi.

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