Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Clean Break by David Klein

Klein masterfully tells the story of Celeste Vanek, a mother and wife making the most difficult decision of her life: whether or not to believe the promises of her husband Adam, a compulsive gambler, who insists he has overcome his addiction.

After years of secrecy and tension in their marriage, Adam tearfully admits that he has gambled away everything the couple has built together. Adam’s addiction has poisoned his relationship with Celeste and damaged his young son, Spencer, who is slowly retreating into his imagination. Celeste makes the fateful decision to make a clean break from her husband and his destructive lifestyle. Starting over, she quickly finds, is not as easy as it sounds—the physical and emotional resistance from Adam pushes the family to the brink of self-destruction.
After witnessing a violent struggle between Celeste and Adam, Jake Atwood enters Celeste’s life as an ally and a friend. As Jake grows closer to Celeste, he tries to guard his own emotional and ethical battles. His affair with Sara, a married and childless police officer, seems like any other in his string of failed relationships; however, a shocking crime sets these four characters on a collision course.

Clean Break hooks the reader from page one into the lives of Celeste, Adam, Jake and little Spencer.  The bond between them is all different, but yet, there relationships all intersect.  From an explosive and volatile relationship to a struggle of trying to find yourself and how to make a clean break, the characters in this story will keep you up late, turning the pages as their story unfolds.  Nail-biting suspense, realistic situations set in a modern world, diverse characters, clever dialogue and superb writing mesh together into a tale that must be read! Don't miss this one on your list this year! Highly recommend!!

David Klein is the author of the novel Stash, also published by Broadway Books, and his short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary magazines. He currently lives in upstate New York.  http://www.bydavidklein.com

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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