The Breaker

The Breaker

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Baker & Taylor
The investigation into the brutal rape and murder of a young woman yields many baffling puzzles--such as why the woman's little daughter, a witness to the crime, was allowed to survive--and suspects, including the victim's husband and a handsome young actor who lied about his relationship with her

Blackwell North Amer
Twelve hours after a woman's body is washed up on a deserted shore on the south coast of England, her traumatized three-year-old daughter is discovered twenty miles away, alone and apparently abandoned....
The obvious suspect is a young actor, a handsome loner obsessed with pornography, who lies about his relationship with the murdered woman. But as the investigation progresses, police attention shifts to the woman'shusband. Was he in fact on a business trip to Liverpool the night she died? Was she indeed the "respectable woman" he claims her to have been? Did he love her or hate her?
And more disturbing, why does his little daughter scream in horror every time he tries to pick her up?

Baker
& Taylor

The investigation into the brutal rape and murder of a young woman yields many baffling puzzles--such as why the woman's little daughter, a witness to the crime, was allowed to survive--and suspects, including the victim's husband and a handsome young actor who lied about his relationship with her. 60,000 first printing. BOMC Main.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1999
ISBN: 9780399144929
0399144927
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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JCLHilaryS Apr 25, 2013

Brutally raped and murdered, Kate Sumner’s body washes ashore on a remote bank in Southern England. Elsewhere, her three-year-old daughter is found abandoned. The police are left to figure out why Kate was murdered, but Hannah, a witness to the crimes, was left unharmed. Did the killer know or sense that Hannah was unable to speak and communicate the events she witnessed? Why was Kate so far from home, and why on board a boat, when she hated sailing? Was Kate’s husband, William, really where he said he was, out of town on business? What about their relationship – was it as good as William describes it? As William talks more and more about how happy Kate was, police find more discrepancies between his version and reality. What about the actor who initially called police? His boat just happened to be docked near where Hannah was found, and he just happened to be walking near where her body was discovered. Were they having an affair, was she stalking him, or was he angry with her for some reason? More questions than answers surface, until the local police constable, Ingram, doggedly chases down facts. Meant to keep the reader guessing, information leading to a strong suspect shifts frequently, as police home in on what really happened. While the subject matter is dark and of a disturbing nature, Walters handles it well without excessive drama. The unpleasant nature of the mystery are balanced out by the entertaining courtship between a local woman and Constable Ingram.

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Jan 18, 2011

Devastating. Very strong subject matter, but extremely well-written. Walters is a humane writer, not interested in mere perverted titillation. She is superb.

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