I’ve read a couple of books by Edward Lorn and enjoyed them immensely. However, I approached The Sound of Broken Ribs with a little caution. I know E is a huge Stephen King fan and after reading the synopsis I was wondering if this was going to be a little too similar to King’s Misery.
I needn’t have worried, Lorn is a pretty smart cookie and The Sound of Broken Ribs is nothing like Misery at all. There are many positives to be found in this book. The violence, whilst sporadic, is brutal. It’s both unflinching and realistic. There is something to be said about the way a writer describes a bullet entering the body, or the collapse of an organ, the protruding of bone. Lorn is excellent at doing this, one of the best, and his writing style is crisp and clear. Another great aspect of this book is the dialogue. All the character interactions are well written. The dialogue is lifelike and the characters come to life on the page. The pacing is also very good. Events take place in the fictional town of Bay’s End, a place where the locals like things just the way they are, they don’t like outsiders and they look after their own.
There is a nice balance between characters you despise and characters you sympathise with. Lei Duncan’s unfortunate situation will make you thirst for revenge. She is simply the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time and the hit and run sets off a dramatic chain of events. The bodies begin to pile up and Lorn simply runs and has fun with it.
The only aspect keeping this from being a five-star read is the ending. Whilst it was different and I certainly didn’t see it coming I question whether or not it was entirely necessary. But, that’s just my opinion, and this is still a damn fine novel.
4/5 broken bone fragments from the Grim Reader.
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