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The Broken Man | [Josephine Cox]

The Broken Man

It’s 1954 and Adam Carter is 12 years old, an only child with no friends nor any self-confidence. His father Edward is a bully of a man. A successful and ruthless businessman, he breeds fear into the heart of his family. Adam’s mother Peggy is too cowed to protect her son, so Adam’s only support comes in the shape of Jake Wallis, the school bus driver. One particular afternoon, when Adam is his last drop of the day, Jake decides to accompany him along the darkening wood land to his house.
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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes a damaged child becomes a broken man....

It’s 1954 and Adam Carter is 12 years old, an only child with no friends nor any self-confidence. His father Edward is a bully of a man. A successful and ruthless businessman, he breeds fear into the heart of his family. Adam’s mother Peggy is too cowed to protect her son, so Adam’s only support comes in the shape of Jake Wallis, the school bus driver.

One particular afternoon, when Adam is his last drop of the day, Jake decides to accompany him along the darkening wood land to his house, never suspecting that as they chat innocently, in the house at the end of the track a terrible tragedy is unfolding which will change Adam’s life forever.

©2013 Josephine Cox (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Thanks to her near faultless writing, sympathies will lurch from one character to another, and as events reach their dramatic conclusion readers will find it impossible to tear themselves away." (News of the World)

"Another hit for Josephine Cox" (Sunday Express)

"Cox's talent as storyteller never lets you escape the spell" (Daily Mail)

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