Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – The Broken Life (Book 3) by Jaye Marie

christmas-reading-3Today the featured book is the last in the trilogy Lives which features DI David Snow. Written by Jaye Marie it was published on December 4th. Here is the murder thriller The Broken Life: Is this the end of the road for Snow?


About The Broken Life: Is this the end of the road for Snow?

The third book in the series featuring DI David Snow who has a killer to catch, a killer a mysterious as the crimes he commits. The killer seems to have a personal vendetta against Snow, but he is determined that no one else should die because of him.

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A look at the series so far – The Ninth Life


The Ninth Life is the story of struggling and aged artist Kate Devereau’s life as she tries to make sense of her often confusing existence. She needs to understand what has been happening to her and why she seems to have avoided death on so many occasions. To understand why she is plagued by the mysterious and tormenting voice in her head. Then people around her start to die. Will she be next? Has she finally run out of time?

Review by Emma Powell on the Review Blogspot

If you enjoy the crime mystery thriller genre, then this will most definitely be a good read for you, – even if one of the opening viewpoints is from the Voice inside the head of the protagonist! Confused? You won’t be …

The story is cleverly written in the sense the author has achieved something different. Not easy to do these days but a joy to discover when you find it. The whole book keeps the protagonist – hereafter called Kate – centre stage whilst keeping the tension, the what-the-hell-happens-next thread, going from beginning to end.

There is the Voice inside Kate’s head that is her instinct, her sub-conscious speaking to her to the point where the reader begins to wonder if Kate has mental health issues. Actually, it doesn’t take long to realise we’ve all got that Voice rattling around in our consciousness at some point or other and this leads onto the reader being in Kate’s head; her emotions become your emotions, her fears are palpable.

The antagonist, Jack, is Kate’s ex-husband and pure evil. He makes his entry early (Chapter Two) and really gave me the creeps. Not only does Kate have health issues (the story opens with her having a a heart attack), but also has serial killer issues with Jack – he’s hiding in the hospital Kate is taken to. Nine lives indeed. By the end of Chapter Two, you maybe asking yourself how the tension can last until the end, but it does. Especially when the few close people around her start to be murdered …

The violence is minimal and ingeniously written. There is some descriptive writing, obviously for the genre, but it is not over-gratuitous and brings out the empathy for Kate as well as those around her. The following is from a scene where Jack had realised one of Kate’s neighbours had noticed him hanging around and he managed to get into the neighbour’s flat:

And there you have it. The author keeps the mystery, the thrill right up there, weaving in and out of every word you read. The characters that are vital to Kate’s story come to your attention so
subtlety until suddenly, you wonder how they got there. And how long they may last!

Whilst I felt the conclusion to The Ninth Life ended a tad too soon – I would have enjoyed a more drawn-out scene for the climax – this does not deviate from the overall enjoyment of the book. And besides, Kate’s story is a trilogy, thankfully. Book Two – The Last Life – picks up and carries yet another tension-riddled read around Kate and her struggles. Watch out for the review of The Last Life in the not-too-distant-future.

Book 2 – The Last Life


Kate Devereau wakes up in a hospital, unable to speak or move. Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge her dark and disturbing past, concealing a web of painful secrets.

Michael Barratt brought her to the hospital, insisting that her ex-husband had tried to kill her. And from the state of him, had tried to kill him too. He had been searching for Kate for years, ever since their doomed love affair, only to discover someone else had been hunting her too.

With the help of the DI David Snow, Kate will gradually piece her life back together, only to discover the nightmare is far from over.

Her first instinct is to run, but David Snow convinces her to stay and help him put an end to the nightmare. A nightmare that will get progressively worse before it gets better.
Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer?

Evil lurks in this story and people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

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About Jaye Marie


My name is Jaye Marie, and for a long time now I have been half of a writing partnership with my sister-in-law Anita Dawes, who has published several books.

In the past, I have written short stories and poetry, but reading has always been my favourite pastime. The thought of writing my own book always appealed to me, I just never seemed to get around to it. Life has a habit of getting in the way, doesn’t it?

Then, last summer, I was suddenly plagued by these characters. First one, then another and as they talked to me (and each other) I became fascinated and involved all at the same time.

When I decided to write some of it down, these characters went into overdrive. What I thought they should be doing was blatantly ignored, to be replaced with their own agenda. In the end it was as if they were writing the story and not I.

The ending was a bit tricky, as they wouldn’t let on what was going to happen, and I worried constantly that it would all go pear shaped. But of course it didn’t, and the rest as they say, will be history.

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Christmas Tree courtesy of author John W. Howell.


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Thank you for spending some time over here today and as always your feedback is very welcome.. It would also be great if you could spread the word of Jaye’s books far and wide.  Thanks Sally


16 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – The Broken Life (Book 3) by Jaye Marie

  1. Geez, reading about these books sent a chill up my spine – especially Book 2. A friend of mine had a similar experience. Trying to piece together a forgotten life is beyond frustrating. Add to it an element of danger, and you’ve got a top-notch story line. Happy to learn about Jaye and her exciting books, Sal ♥

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