Review: The Broken by Shelley Coriell

He took her life, but left her alive.
Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim—and only survivor—of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.
In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.
Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it's her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all . . .

I receive this book from NetGalley to give an honest review. 
The story started off awesome, and strong and kept up with it the whole way. 
There is murder, suspense, romance but nothing too sappy. My favorite character was Smokey he was just one of those old men that you could grow to love! He was just witty, full of life, laughter and love and so willing to take care of Kate even though he needed to be looked after. And she kept pushing him away for good reason as we find out later on. 
Now Kate she is a semi strong character in this book, she is running away from a horrible past that no one should ever have but yet Kate did. She let it change her for the good and not the worst.  But her past has come back to haunt her in more ways than one. She sees her past on her every day and it is something that she tries to deal with. She is fighting her own personal demons.
Now FBI agent Hayden is a workaholic who just lost his wife, now he has engrossed himself into finding the killer called The Butcher before he ups his or her body count even more. 
The relationship between Kate and Hayden is one of those that you just keep going oh come on admit feelings and do what you do! But I am glad that they eased into it, instead of just rushing it. Because if it was a wham-bam-thank you ma'am I don't think their true feelings about one another would have surfaced as much. 
But who exactly is the Butcher and why is Kate in the middle of it all?
The only true problem I had in the book is the fact when the Butcher was named I honestly felt as though he was not a character you would remember. Yes he plays a big part but I felt as though there wasn't enough information about him truly. That is why I gave this book a 4 1/2 rating instead of a solid 5 like I wanted to. Especially considering it had all the elements of a damn good book that I do have a favorite author of suspense that I will be keeping my eye on. 

With the suspense within the story you are just hooked and constantly asking oh was
 it this person or that person. Great twists and turns within the story.


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