Happy Monday, all! Today I am super excited to share my review of another book I group read, and we unanimously endorsed, The World Breaks Everyone by Lauren Clark, now available from Camellia Press!
Lauren Clark wrote two novels, Center of Gravity and Sister Dear, published by Harper Collins under the name Laura McNeill. Both were two of the most tense, gripping domestic suspense books I’d read at the time, and since then, about two years, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a new book, and here it is!
Olivia is a teenager living in New Orleans with her single chef father, Theo, who is opening a new restaurant. Olivia unfortunately feels responsible for her mother’s death, and when her father is missing, and someone is in hot pursuit of her, she blames herself for that, too. Why is Olivia on the run? And who can be trusted?
The tension I felt once Olivia was running was palpable. I had the hardest time putting the book down, and that’s becoming unusual for me past a certain hour. 😂 Olivia was in danger, and I felt like I had to see her through it! But it kept going!
And then red herring after red herring was dangled. Who had come up with this scheme and why, and most importantly, where was Theo? Were Olivia’s wealthy grandparents responsible? Her politician uncle? Her dad’s rough, tough best friend? Her father’s new, secret girlfriend? I didn’t know which way was up, and the easy-flowing writing kept me flipping the pages quickly.
The World Breaks Everyone is another original and well-written thriller from Lauren Clark/Laura McNeill. The characters are well-developed, and I felt empathy towards the innocent ones, like Olivia, and anger and frustration towards some of the others for what transpired. If you love engaging domestic suspense, don’t miss out on Lauren’s books! I’m awaiting her next and am ecstatic to know she’s already at work!
I bought this book, and all opinions are my own.
A Gripping Cat-and-Mouse Suspense Novel
Every day, I wake up certain of only three things:
I am responsible for my mother’s death.
My father has vanished.
Someone wants me dead.
I’m on the run. It’s me against the world.
I cannot let it break me.
When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans.
Who wants her dead? And why?
Check out these reviews by the other Book Besties who shared in the engaging experience of reading this one with me (thanks for being available for the late night texts!):
Berit at Audio Killed the Bookmark
Mackenzie at PhDiva
Have you read The World Breaks Everyone, or is it on your TBR? Do you have any favorite fall reads? Happy Reading! ~ Jenni THR