I loved that book so much that I ordered all his books and got them in a matter of weeks. Therefore, when I opened the book, I had no idea of what to expect and was grabbed immediately by the very first sentence. As far as storytelling goes the book is perfect. Better than average psychological knowledge of personality disorders, as well. We feel the narrator’s anguish despite his many years of service, almost penance. The murder and its secrets are examined many years later by the narrator who is the well-respected town doctor but was a young kid jealously in love with the murder victim and a major part of the story. IMHO, the book comes together.

Cook published steadily through the s, penning such works as the Frank Clemons trilogy, a series of mysteries starring a jaded cop. This book confronts these issues in a multifaceted story that will hold your interest throughout. Now if only I can find it…. Thomas’ ambition is “to go to college, come back here and make a difference for my nation. Oct 07, Suzn F rated it really liked it. At From the author hailed as “an important talent, a storytelling writer of poetic narrative power” “Los Angeles Times Book Review” comes a dazzling novel of psychological suspense. She is beautiful and mysterious, a smart girl, and someone Ben sees marrying later in life.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. At its center was Kelli Troy and the town of Choctaw, Alabama. There were parts where I was furious with rbeakheart of the things that were happening to the characters I liked, and when I finished the book, I was in a depressed but satisfied mood.

Oct 18, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books by Thomas H.

Oh, this does sound good, Bernadette. It is the story of the events leading up to and resulting from a murderous attack on a teen-aged girl which took place on the appropriately named Breakheart Hill, just outside of the small town of Choctaw, Alabama.


Both narrators tell the story not in a chronologically coherent manner but wander back and forth, from the present to the past and then to the present again, and somehow at the end do manage to get the story told. C’est le premier polar de T. I’m not giving anything away when I say that the central question throughout the work is the narrator’s involvement in the crime. Even the ending is satisfying which is, these days, a rarity. Cook teases all of this out at just the right pace so the book feels like a collection of genuine, interesting surprises but not a jumble of shocks designed for nothing more than their heart-thumping value.


It is set in early s small-town northern Alabama, and from my knowledge of small-town Kentucky in the early ’60s, I’d This is a terrific book This is a book of great depth and beauty, a book about feelings and how a single act, a single word can twist those feelings and send them to the darkest of places.

I did not know it was set in the 60s, which was one of the decades I actually experienced in Alabama. I”m confused by the ending I was not disappointed! And, as I read the novel, I couldn’t help but wonder if Cook had read Ford’s novel. Want to Read saving…. This book has mystery and meat.

Lists with This Book. Hammett Prize Nominee Breakheart Hill is aptly named. Cook Posted on February 8, by bernadetteinoz. The prose on this book is full of quotes, with some inspiring and some depressing. If you wish to continue this off-line, my email address is fredr gainusa.

Posted by Fred at 8: This particular book does a beautiful job of describing small town life in the ‘s and the relationships and bonds that are created at a young age. Cook published steadily through the s, penning such works as the Fra There is more than one author with this name on Goodreads. Breakheart Hill is not an action-oriented, page-turner. Although highly gifted in his expression and especially within his core revelations of teen-age male souls, all their perceptions and all their self-identity and angsts- he did get BETTER with the years and practice.

It did hold my interest up to the end, though. This is definitely for people who like a story with immense depth more so than a clue by clue mystery.

Yet even she expresses deep ambivalence about seeking education off the reservation and, given her career prospects, of moving away for good. Jan 31, Heidi rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book deals with doomed love, betrayal and revenge in a passionate manner.


Cheryl January 27, at 4: This is a fabulous, heartbreaking mystery that unfolds as a reminiscence. In addition, both novels focus on the actions of a small group of people and the way each affects the others in the group. At From the author hailed as “an important talent, a storytelling writer of poetic narrative power” “Los Angeles Times Book Review” comes a dazzling novel of psychological suspense. I felt I was there observing the tragedy that happened.

The whole book is filled with emotion that I have never got from a story. The narrator holds on to the story and the guilt and gives up only little bits at a time.

Compelling mystery about a first love gone wrong.

Breakheart Hill by Thomas H. Cook

May 22, Motherbeaver rated it really liked it. I can always count on Cook to provide an interesting story, so looked forward to reading one of his earlier books. Now, Ben must sunopsis the truth and reveal what really happened the night she died. On the other hand, Ben, Cook’s breakkheart, frequently tells the reader that he alone knows the full breakheqrt, and that he has spent the past 30 years making sure it never gets out, at least by him, anyway.

I was getting to the point of knowing what to expect from a mystery book and that got tiring and boring. Cheryl, I’m trying to be careful here and not reveal too much about the ending. The prose is intoxicating and the plot has you holding your breathe. It is also a murder mystery, with a great deal of complexity.

Open Preview See a Problem? First Kelli became his friend then something more. I’ve rated this a three because it was extremely well-written but I agree with others who have noted: I have no idea who did it? They have several copies that are used.