Review: Breaking Light, Karin Altenberg

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Breaking Light, Karin Altenberg
Steeped in its bleak and beautiful landscape, Mortford is a place of secrets and memories: of bitter divisions and shattered dreams. Returning to this Dartmoor village where he grew up, Gabriel attempts to come to terms with what he lost as a boy so long ago.
Slowly the mysteries hidden in this small community on the edge of the moors begin to unravel. But one of Gabriel’s memories remains sharper than all the others: that of his boyhood friend Michael, the tenderness of their first summers and the violent betrayal that destroyed it.

Karin Altenberg was born in Sweden and moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in Archaeology. Her first, bestselling novel, Island of Wings, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

I love stories about secrets in small communities and the cover of this book caught my interest too.
There are a lot of things happening in the book. There is the story of the children. Often very emotional it is harsh to read what happened to them. I loved reading that part of the book.
There is the adult part of the story that I did not really enjoy. I was annoyed with the fact that people where called Mr. and Mrs. all the time. I had hard time connecting to them and getting a good feeling. There are some characters in the story that did not really make sense to me either though they did get a proper spot at the end of the story. This took out of some of the pleasure of this very well written book.

Breaking Light
Author: Karin Altenburg
Publisher: Quercus Books
Format: eArc
ISBN-13: 9781780877150
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover
Breaking Light
3 stars

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Ellie Warren
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06 July, 2014 delete

I loved Island of Wings, she portrayed life on a remote island so well and the history was really inetresting. I'm not sure about reading this one, especially if it's hard to connect with the characters.

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Nishita
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06 July, 2014 delete

I love the cover too and books with secrets. It sounds though that the second half didn't read all that well.

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Isi
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07 July, 2014 delete

Ohh it's a shame there are downsides about the story, because the plot and the cover also caught my attention!
I didn't know the author.

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Jennine G.
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07 July, 2014 delete

I like the secret in small communities plot too. Did the Mr and Mrs have names with them? If not that would drive me nuts too.

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Melinda
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09 July, 2014 delete

I love stories about secrets and reading about small towns and communities. I think that this sounds good, but sorry that you had some minor annoyances with the book. The cover is gorgeous!

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