The Break by Daniel Hurst

All she wanted was some peace and quiet. But someone was watching.

Karen is a busy wife and mother. Between work, her husband Peter, and their two children, Oscar and Noah, she doesn’t have a minute to herself.

So when it all begins to feel too much, Karen knows just what she needs – to get away for a little while. Nothing big. Just a short break.

Her friend, Eve, tells her about a quaint little holiday home, and Karen books herself a short stay. She’ll have time to read, take bubble baths, unwind. Perfect.

But this is no ordinary holiday home – it contains a dark and disturbing secret. Because Karen isn’t alone here – someone is watching her. Waiting for the right moment to spring the trap and plunge her into a nightmare she’ll never forget.

The Break – the stunning psychological thriller from the author of The Passenger and The New Friends

I’ve been meaning to pick up a Daniel Hurst book for a while and finally got the chance recently thanks to a blog tour invite from the lovely Zoe-Lee O’Farrell. And I’m so glad I did as I was immediately drawn to the idea behind this creepy psychological thriller. I mean, what woman hasn’t ever wished she could just go away on her own for a couple of days? Time to chill, read, have a bath, go to the loo etc without the stresses of modern family life. But from reading the first few pages, it becomes pretty obvious very early on that this much desired break has drastic consequences…

Right from the start, I did find Karen to be a rather unsympathetic character so I worried about whether I would actually care about the situation she eventually finds herself in! She’s one of those women for whom life is always a competition-if you’re busy then she’s even busier, no one is as tired as her…well you get the picture! I wondered what attracted her best friend Eve to such a self centred women as childless Eve didn’t seem to have the stresses of family life to give them that connection and it would have wound me up terribly if my friend assumed I was never exhausted just because I didn’t have any kids! So it was such a lovely gesture for Eve to help Karen find a place for a peaceful break away from all her family but one Karen will certainly regret taking! And eventually I did start to worry about why Karen was being targeted and by whom although things become clear quite early on in the proceedings.

The Break was a one sitting read for me and I raced through it desperately looking for what connected the events at the start of the book to those watchful eyes on Karen and her family. It wasn’t a difficult plot to follow but it had an addictive storyline that kept me engaged and glued to the action throughout. I only wish I hadn’t left it so long to discover this author as I thoroughly enjoyed The Break! A gripping and entertaining read!

Daniel Hurst is the author of the number 1 bestselling psychological thriller ‘The Passenger’, as well as several other popular thrillers including ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ and ‘The Wrong Woman’.

He is also the creator of The 20 Minute Series, the series of psychological books which readers have called “original” and “addictive” and ‘like a soap opera in book form.” 

You can visit him at, where you can also download a copy of his FREE thriller ‘Just One Second.’

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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