Book Review - Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee

A mysterious tale of grief, love and loss.

Broken Branches
Genre: Psychological
Publisher: Hideaway Fall
Publication Date: 27 July 2017
ISBN-13: 9780995492332

"'Family curses don't exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don't think so.' 

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family. 

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse."


This is the first release from new independent publishing house Hideaway Fall and I've really been looking forward to finding our for myself what they have to offer.

A dark and twisty first chapter set the scene well and raised lots of questions, I couldn't wait for the answers to be revealed.

When strange things started happening I couldn't figure out what was real and what wasn't. There was a sense of progress as Ian decided to delve deeper into the mystery, he wanted to find out more about the curse and this was an intriguing part of the storyline for me because I wanted the same thing.

Complex family relationships were highlighted and dissected, the author detailed each character connection clearly and precisely leaving me in no doubt of their position within the storyline. The effect of the curse on a whole line of family members, whether blood related or by marriage, was interesting and showed how these ideas can grow.

The only negative for me was that the storyline jumped between the past and the present without any warning. This meant that there were a few confusing moments while I established which Ian I was reading about.

Broken Branches was an absorbing, mysterious and sometimes spooky read. It started off dark and twisty and ended in exactly the same way!

4 Stars
4 Stars


M Jonathan Lee is based in Yorkshire and is the author of several award-nominated novels. He began writing seriously in 2006 shortly after the suicide of his brother, Simon, who had been struggling with depression. Jonathan is a tireless campaigner for mental health awareness. He has written for Mind and Rethink charities and has a regular blog on the Huffington Post. He is divorced and now remarried, between them they have five children, two cats and a dog.


Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.