Book Review: She has a Broken Thing where her Heart should be by J.D. Barker

A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only Barker could muster. 

After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child—this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She’d creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after. 

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn’t the first, and he knew it wouldn’t be the last. It was no different from the others. He’d find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject “D” waits, grows, learns. He’s permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.

All of them linked in ways unimaginable.

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Special note from the author: One of my favorite narrators, David Aaron Baker, recorded this one! He’s best know for his work on the ODD THOMAS series for Dean Koontz. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free ARC from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

There are a lot of authors I like, but J.D. Barker is one of a handful that are my absolute favorites. Every time he has a new book come out, it’s like getting a Christmas present! He has a way with words that immerses me in the book. I’ve seen him compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and other famous authors and that’s because, like them, he’s in a class of his own.

When I started this book, I was afraid I was going to be disappointed. The first quarter of the book is good. I wouldn’t say it was slow, but I was able to put it down when I needed to. Once the characters had been developed, and I knew what was going on (kind of, there were many surprises), I was hooked and it was difficult to put down.

There are a lot of characters in She has a Broken Thing where her Heart should be, but I had no trouble keeping track of them. There were some characters I really liked: Jack, Stella, Auntie Rose, and Stack among others. There were some I absolutely didn’t like such as Subject “D” and Olivia. Then there were those who I still am undecided about: Jack’s dad and his childhood friends.

This book is almost 800 pages long, and I savored every page. You will too!

About the Author

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.