Broken River - J. Robert Lennon
Broken River opens with a cinematic scene: lights still on, dishes in the sink, cigarettes aglow in an ashtray and a couple fleeing with a child in the middle of the night. From who? Why? And what is the thing, inside the house, watching? Eleven years later, the house welcomes another couple with a child: a philandering husband and neglectful father, a frustrated wife trying to write her fifth romance novel, and a lonely daughter far too aware of her parents' flaws. What unfolds is a family drama ripe with the tensions of a broken family, narrated in a sprightly prose. Lennon twists this drama, subverting expectations, as the truth of what happened that night many years ago slowly reveals itself and the threat of violence stalks the family.