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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Unger Narrator: Amanda Carlin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307990372
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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. She’s in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself 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 a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Heartbroken has all the makings of a high-wire thriller.  But it’s the twisted psyches of its main characters that really unsettle…Unger expertly shows how quiet betrayals can rupture a life as deeply as an act of violence.”

    People

  • “Stellar…Heartbroken should be on everyone’s summer to-read list.  For best results, read it alone on an island on a dark and stormy night.”

    USA Today

  • “Unger skillfully builds the fissures of each of [her characters’] lives as she illustrates the power of the heart and the corrosive nature of lies.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Unger delivers compelling, fully drawn characters while at the same time putting the thrill in thriller. A first-class page-turner.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] insidious psychological thriller.”

    Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/11/2014

    " I love a story that takes several characters that seem to be unrelated and have them all careen into one another for interesting results. Quick read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn Vito | 2/7/2014

    " Have never read this author before and don't know what the big fuss is. So many gaping holes and unanswered story lines. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charla | 2/2/2014

    " Meh. Not great, skimmed the last 150 pages because I really didn't care enough to read in detail. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mazzy | 2/1/2014

    " Should have been called 'bad domesticity', frightfully mundane and unlikeable characters, and not so much of a thrill than a faked squeal... The writing is okay, but it doesn't hang together resulting in a bit of a forgettable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Franny | 1/26/2014

    " I was hoping it would be really suspenseful since it got such good reviews from fellow mystery and thriller writers, but it was disappointing. It was pretty much fluff with slight suspence. Though I did enjoy the setting of the Island in the Adirondacks. Its the kind of book you might read on vacation or something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Cornellier | 1/23/2014

    " This book started out slow but it really had a great story with many twists at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/15/2014

    " So much of this book was negative and sad that I just could not enjoy it. I never really connected to the characters but I did find the island haunting intruiging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/9/2014

    " This is not my usual type of book but it kept me reading ....... Party mystery, part ghost story, part bad guys invade island. Easy read but not gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/9/2014

    " Read like a Nancy Drew mystery. Didn't like the way a criminal was made out to be a good person after she was a part of stealing, death, and arson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/4/2014

    " Really an intriquing story, the interect between the lives of a mother, daughter and another young lady set against an old mystery and family dysfuntion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Brandt | 12/16/2013

    " The intertwining of lives that at first isn't apparent. At times hard to follow since the telling of the story changes frequently. Overall a decent book, but not the best I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 11/29/2013

    " This book is more family drama and less thriller, but overall was interesting to read. Three women are brought together on the island with various personalities and dreams. Part of the story is on the generations before and secrets of the family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Rhodes | 11/23/2013

    " I had been told to give Lisa Unger a chance; now I have and I don't have to ever again. This book is halfway between a family saga and suspense but neither aspect is very interesting and the characters are stereotypical and predictable. Not sure why I bothered finishing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 11/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book - family secrets create drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/22/2013

    " The first half of this book was BORING!, but the second half was OK. It took a long time for introduction of characters before there was any sign of a story. I liked other books by this author so I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Indiveri | 8/28/2013

    " Story of how you early childhood and experiences can shape your life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathytoran | 8/8/2013

    " Too many stories going on in this book. The author should have had someone do some serious editing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Torma | 7/19/2013

    " I enjoyed the unique story and how the lives of the characters intertwined. Think of it more like family drama than thriller. I like how she writes - have enjoyed everything she has written. My favorites though, and I have recommended them many times, are Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/4/2013

    " Good story, but dragged in the middle a bit. Good characters and setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/27/2013

    " Fun book, interesting characters, nice mystery. I'd like to give it 3-1/2 stars if I could, it is just a little shy of 4! I'm going to find her other books and read them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 3/8/2013

    " This didn't have the usual twist and turn thrilling feel of an Unger novel, it was more of a good mystery. Just wasn't what I was expecting. If you haven't read her before, I'd suggest starting with her earlier works, because I think this would give you a different impression of her writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grimmysmom | 1/16/2013

    " I love Lisa Unger's books. This one was good, too, but I liked her other ones better. The character of Emily really got on my nerves at some points...I know that sounds silly, but she did. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Nicewicz | 10/29/2012

    " Good book, although not a thriller. Thought provoking and earnest family drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 9/8/2012

    " Little boring. Family drama. Sibling rivalry. Not a thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 8/19/2012

    " Pretty good... didn't expect to like it as much as I did.. a little long in the ending.. You somehow wanted them to just " get on with it already" but I was interested and looked forward to reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrie | 7/12/2012

    " An OK light read for summer. I didn't care for the construction of the book--its back and forth narrative just ran on too much for me. Some interesting characters, an OK plot(although I spotted it coming a long ways away), but nothing more. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is an award-winning internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold over two million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages.

About the Narrator

Amanda Carlin is an actress and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has appeared in such television shows as Law & Order, Lost, Bones, and The West Wing.