The Breaker

The Breaker

Book - 1998
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Twelve hours after Kate Sumner's broken body is washed up on a deserted beach on the south coast of England, her traumatized three-year-old daughter is discovered twenty miles away walking the streets of Poole, alone. The police are puzzled.

Why weren't mother and daughter together? Why was Kate killed and her daughter allowed to live? More curiously, why had Kate boarded a boat - apparently willingly - when she was scared stiff of drowning at sea? Who had tempted her to her death?

The police suspect a young actor, a loner with an appetite for pornography, who lies about his relationship with Kate and whose sailing boat, Crazy Daze , is moored just yards from where the toddler was found...

As the investigation proceeds, the police discover a gaping hole in Kate's husband's alibi. Was he really in Liverpool at a conference the night she died? Was Kate the "respectable woman" he claims she was?

And why does their daughter scream in terror every time he tries to pick her up...?
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 1998
ISBN: 9780771087554
Branch Call Number: M WAL
Characteristics: 356 p. :,ill. ;,25 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.

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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