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Breaking Jess

Narrated by: Steve West, Karissa Vacker
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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What do a crooked detective, an upstanding psychiatrist, and a teenager who can’t remember killing her parents all have in common? Nine years of lies.

©2018 H.B. Moore (P)2019 H.B. Moore

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Loved it! I was enthralled from start to finish...

I had my doubts as to whether I would enjoy this book but having read books by this author before I was tempted to give it a try... I. Loved. It! It had so much depth to it and I really enjoyed that the audible version has two narrators. The story really pulled me in and engaged my emotions. It ended quite differently to how I had started to imagine it and yet I was entirely satisfied. This is a great read. Whilst addressing some deep issues - the whole premise of the book is in connection to a young woman in a psychiatric facility in relation to the murder of both her parents - it is not gory or depressing to the reader. It doesn’t shy away from the cause and effects but the book remains clean and intriguing throughout.
I can definitely recommend this book.

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Wonderful

What a wonderful story, mainly a thriller some romance. Personally I think this could have been an excellent thriller on it's own and leave out the last few chapters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-20

Suspense

It had all the suspense and intensity of the psychological drama. It is the first I’ve read of this author in this genre. It has been a good diversion though not my usual choice. I enjoyed most of the book, but I found the ending a bit redundant- though any other ending would also be unethical. Worth the read.

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  • Katie
  • 30-12-19

So engaging

I loved this engaging and fast paced story. The characters were so well written and authentic. I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator added to this already great story.

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  • Sheila Ali
  • 23-12-19

Great psychological thriller

This is one of those books that grabbed my attention from the beginning till the end. I do agree with another reviewer that the romance part was totally unnecessary for the plot. Also, the book could have ended earlier than it had. I liked the plot twists and suspense.

About the narrators, I like Steve West's performance, but next to Karissa Vacker , he sounded robotic. Her British accents were way better than his American accents. I always prefer one narrator books and in this case, it would have made the experience much better.

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  • Melissa
  • 22-12-19

Couldn't stop listening. Great story.

This audiobook was so interesting I listened to the whole thing in one day. Yes, I may have missed some important interactions ("I'll find out what casserole to bring to the funeral tomorrow, right now I'm listening to a book") but that's beside the point.

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  • Just me Nicole
  • 11-12-19

WOW!

This was an incredible audible! I was so drawn into the twists and turns and the deepness involved it this storyline! SO INCREDIBLE!!! The characters were fantastic! I loved the strength of Jessica, the main female character, and the supporting characters were perfect! The dual narration was so good! The narrators were very believable for the characters and although I was not super happy with how the book ended, it was understandable and well done. I whole heartedly recommend this suspense!

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  • Naty
  • 08-12-19

awesome story and amazing audiobook

twenty five years old Jessie is been in a mental institution for nine years after she murder her parents in a black out. Or so she thinks. But now she is cutting her medications and the memories are flowing back. She needs to face her pasr and Dr. Logan Meyer, her brother new psychriast will help her. Is she really ready to face the past in order to have a future? a powerful and taw story narrating with such power that you can feel tye characters inside you. the story is great but the audiobook make it awesome.

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  • Crystal Crossings
  • 07-12-19

A great Thriller!

What a powerful and great thriller Breaking Jess was. The narrators Steve West and Karissa Vacker took H.B.’s words come to life. This excellent piece will blow you away. Not remembering the death of her parents she is sent to a mental institution faced with the knowledge she was reasonable for the deaths. Not till a new Doctor comes on her case does the truth start to come out. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend not just the audio but also the book! I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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  • judi duncan
  • 04-12-19

Wickedly Good Thriller!

This was such a wickedly good thriller! Its addicting from the start. Between the writing of the story and the narrators Steve West and Karissa Vacker you feel like your pulled into an amazing movie! Really well done! I received this ARC Audiobook from Sweet Sounds Audiobook Group. I chose to leave this review! I highly recommend this Audiobook.

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  • Bonsterblack
  • 03-12-19

Totally loved this audiobook!

I love listening to audiobooks as I work around the house and yard, doing things like cleaning and weeding. To give you an idea of just how much I loved this one, I chose to clean my microwave oven and all the grease that had accumulated on top just to give myself an excuse to listen to the ending when I could have been relaxing. The story was fantastic and told in a way that constantly had you wondering. It evoked emotions of anger, fear, and love. The performances were realistic and added to the drama. H.B. Moore is definitely one of my favorite authors and I hope to read or listen to all of her books!

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  • sjwthompson | Buttercup's Book Blog
  • 02-12-19

Enjoyable Thriller

I purchased the ebook version of this and have had it on my shelves for a while, but the author provided me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This is narrated by Steve West and Karissa Vacker who do an outstanding job narrating as Logan and Jess.

The thriller part of the story is pretty good, I didn't want to stop listening as it unfolded but I could have done without the romance. It was completely unnecessary in my opinion, and the end dragged a bit for me as the "thriller" was over and we switch over to mainly romance. I really enjoyed the medical/psychological thriller part of the book and would have prefered that it just end there, but that's just my opinion. There will be plenty of others that enjoy the romantic element to the story. As for the romance, I'm pretty happy with the way that ended up given the circumstances. I also really liked the way Jess developed from beginning to end. The ending really showed her character development and how far she's come as a person and how much she's overcome her ordeal.

On to the story itself, this follows Logan a psychiatrist who begins treating Charles for blackouts. Charles asks Logan to also begin treating his sister Jessica, who has been in a phyiciatric facility for the last 9 years for killing their parents. Jessica doesn't remember committing the crime and Charles has been her guardian, which may or may not be contributing to his blackouts as he seems pretty stressed out by overseeing Jessica's care. As Logan gets to know the brother and sister, he notices that something is not right between the two of them. At the same time his former flame Gwen happens to be looking into the case as some of the details just don't check out. Gwen doesn't do everything according to the book, which is why things didn't work out with Logan, however her unconventional ways have them looking into details of the case that might have been missed. This gets Logan asking Jessica questions about her memories which are coming back as she has decided to stop taking her meds and take back some control in her life. Her super controlling brother isn't very happy, and his own mental state begins to spiral out of control. As Logan and Jessica spend more time together and go through some traumatic events, something more than just a doctor patient relationship begins to develop between them. You have to actually read the book to find out what happens because I won't spoil it for you.

I really enjoyed the broad cast of characters and watching them develop as the story unfolds. If you've ever read H.B Moore's books before you will know that they are fairly clean with respect to violence, language and sexual situations. Things will be implied or mildly explained, but nothing graphic.

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