What I’m Reading: The Broken Road

I just finished the audio book The Broken Road: A Novel (The Broken Road Series) by Richard Paul Evans.  I have read many of this author’s books so when I saw that this was available through my online library I decided to give it a try.  I’ve liked many of his books and was hopeful I might like this one too.

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So did I like it….Yes but NO!
I have no problems with books that some out and have the possibility of having a sequel.  In fact, I like sequels.  What I don’t like is books that end in the middle of nowhere.  That’s what this book did.  On it’s own, it was not anywhere near a complete story.  For me, I want the book to be somewhat at a conclusion of sorts when the last page is turned.  Then when the next book picks up, more of the story can be told…This book felt like someone ripped my book in half and was holding the rest of it at ransom.  I’d have been so disappointed if I had paid money for the book and not have gotten it at a library.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Chicago celebrity, Charles James can’t shake the nightmare that wakes him each night. He sees himself walking down a long, broken highway the sides of which are lit in flames. Where is he going? Why is he walking? What is the wailing he hears around him?

By day, he wonders why he’s so haunted and unhappy when he has all he ever wanted-fame, fans and fortune and the lavish lifestyle it affords him. Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, this is what he’s dreamed of. But now, at the pinnacle of his career, he’s started to wonder if he’s wanted the wrong things. His wealth has come legally, but questionably, from the power of his personality, seducing people out of their hard-earned money. When he learns that one of his customers has committed suicide because of financial ruin, Charles is shaken. The cracks in his façade start to break down spurring him to question everything: his choices, his relationships, his future and the type of man he’s become.

Then a twist of fate changes everything. Charles is granted something very remarkable: a second chance. The question is: What will he do with it?

The Broken Road is the first book in a much-anticipated new trilogy by beloved storyteller Richard Paul Evans. It is an engrossing, contemplative story of redemption and grace and the power of second chances. It is an epic journey you won’t soon forget.

Astonishingly Amazon readers gave this book 4.7 stars.  I’d have to agree if the book didn’t just end in the middle of nowhere.  As is, the book only gets a four….yes I’ll likely read the next book in the trilogy because I do want to know what happens.  Tell me doesn’t anyone else feel like this book cheated its’ readers?

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Broken Road”

  1. I had that actually happen once. I was reading ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins (one of those books you can’t put down). There was a big build up and a lot of suspense and then. . . . it just ended. I couldn’t believe it! I thought, “What is this, a choose your own ending?” I was frustrated for days. Then about 2 weeks later I was talking to my sister, who was a librarian, and she just laughed and laughed. She said that I had only read 1/2 of the book. My local library had sent the book in to be rebound and it came back in 2 volumes. She inter-library loaned me the copy at her library, which was no small feat because we lived in 2 different states. What a relief to read the 2nd half and conclusion to a fabulously written mystery. I wish you weren’t so disappointed but there is volume 2 to your book in print yet. Sigh~

  2. Jo, I’m seeing this happen more and more often. I have become reluctant to start a trilogy for that reason. I like a book with a beginning, middle, and end. Same with TV shows that now have “winter” breaks. I lose all interest before they come back. Guess that gives me more quilting time!

  3. I agree, if I had the whole series and can continue reading it’s not bad. But when I have to wait a year for a book to come out, I forget about it and never follow up. And I usually try to remember to not read anything else the author has written.

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