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Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

Break My Heart 1,000 Times
by Daniel Waters

Break My Heart 1,000 Times

By: Daniel Waters

Release Date: October 16, 2012

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren’t disappearing–they’re gaining power.
When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica’s high school teachers is crippled by the fact that his dead daughter has never returned as a ghost, and he’s haunted by the possibility that she’s waiting to reappear within a fresh body. Veronica seems like the perfect host. And even if he’s wrong, what’s the harm in creating one more ghost?
From critically acclaimed Generation Dead author Daniel Waters, comes a delectably creepy and suspenseful thriller. Break My Heart 1,000 Times will leave readers with the chills. Or is that a ghost reading over the page?

 

Review: I’ve been excited about this book for a long time. I liked Water’s Generation Dead series – although that was more of the cheesy read with undead students trying to fit in high school, whereas this book was a lot more serious and sinister. Ghost hauntings everywhere. A psychopath serial killer. An investigation into the paranormal activity of this town. What more could you possibly want in a horror story?

But I really struggled with this one, and I think when it came down to it, the story is beyond predictable. And I’m not saying this as in the reader can guess what is going to happen. I meant it as in the book pretty much tells readers what the situation is from the get-go, and it’s more like the characters are trying to find out what the readers already know.

I do want to say that I felt there was too much going on in this book. With the ghost in Ronnie’s house, to her father, to August Brittner and his pursuit of bringing back Eva, to Janine and her paranoia, to Stephen Pescatelli’s mission, to James and Kirk. There were so many elements scattered throughout the book, and even though they’re all connected, I felt it really took away from the main story.

The most interesting part of the book was August Brittner. Through a huge portion of the book, I wondered why Waters decided to write the rare first person point-of-view in the eyes of Brian and not Gus. Can you imagine what it would be like to get a glimpse of what’s going on in his dark, twisted mind? The man is beyond creepy – like your next-door neighbor is a serial killer kind of creepy. But the thing that was mind-boggling was everyone in town thinks he is a murderer, yet how in the world is he allowed to teach at school. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

However, the rest of the characters were unmemorable. I couldn’t really connect with anyone in the high school. Veronica was a weird one. She was supposed to be the pretty, flirty, popular girl in school, but she was moody and too often comes across as a bitch, not because she’s a queen bee, but just because she has mood swings. And Kirk, he’s your nice-guy-always-finish-last type of character, but he’s just not very lovable. I don’t mean he’s not sweet and determined, but he’s very forgettable. Janine is an interesting character with her paranoia, but again, the book doesn’t make a big deal on highlighting her at all, so she’s lost among all the other drama.

The twist that really got me was Stephen Pescatelli’s confession concerning his feelings toward ghosts. Who would ever thought, with his obsession in researching them, that he was terrified of them? But he is definitely an interesting character with his curiosity and the role he played.

Overall, it’s not a bad book to read. Like I said, it had a sinister plot filled with interesting things to keep you entertained enough. However, I just had too many problems with the book, and I couldn’t give it more than just an okay rating.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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