The Breaker

The Breaker

Large Print - 1999
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Twelve hours after a woman's body is washed up on a deserted shore on the south coast of England, her traumatized three-year old daughter is discovered twenty miles away, alone and apparently abandoned....

The dead woman, Kate Strainer -- who had been raped and strangled, her fingers broken before she drowned -- was a greedy, malicious social climber, but also an attentive wife and loving mother. Why was Rate killed and her daughter a witness to her brutal rape and murder, allowed to live? l low did the murderer know that the child was unable to speak? And why would Kate, who had a terror of drowning at sea, willingly board a boat?

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., 1999
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781568957272
1568957270
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Walters
Characteristics: 464 p. (large print) ; 24 cm

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Twelve hours after a woman's body is washed up on a deserted shore on the south coast of England, her traumatized three-year-old daughter is discovered twenty miles away, alone and apparently abandoned. But why was Kate killed and her daughter, a witness to her brutal rape and murder, allowed to ... Read More »


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JCLHilaryS Apr 25, 2013

Brutally raped and murdered, Kate Sumner’s body washes ashore on a remote bank in Southern England. Elsewhere, her three-year-old daughter is found abandoned. The police are left to figure out why Kate was murdered, but Hannah, a witness to the crimes, was left unharmed. Did the killer know or sense that Hannah was unable to speak and communicate the events she witnessed? Why was Kate so far from home, and why on board a boat, when she hated sailing? Was Kate’s husband, William, really where he said he was, out of town on business? What about their relationship – was it as good as William describes it? As William talks more and more about how happy Kate was, police find more discrepancies between his version and reality. What about the actor who initially called police? His boat just happened to be docked near where Hannah was found, and he just happened to be walking near where her body was discovered. Were they having an affair, was she stalking him, or was he angry with her for some reason? More questions than answers surface, until the local police constable, Ingram, doggedly chases down facts. Meant to keep the reader guessing, information leading to a strong suspect shifts frequently, as police home in on what really happened. While the subject matter is dark and of a disturbing nature, Walters handles it well without excessive drama. The unpleasant nature of the mystery are balanced out by the entertaining courtship between a local woman and Constable Ingram.

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Jan 18, 2011

Devastating. Very strong subject matter, but extremely well-written. Walters is a humane writer, not interested in mere perverted titillation. She is superb.

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