When I discovered The Heart Broke In: A Novel by James Meek (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) via a feature on The Huffington Post, I was intrigued enough to want to read this novel.
The Heart Broke In is a tale of aging rock musician Ritchie and sister Bec, whose mission is to find a vaccine for malaria. While they appear to be opposites to the outside world, no one really escapes the bond that is family.
This novel is a fast-paced read, with delightful character development, plots and sub plots that will grab readers from almost the very beginning. Infidelity, blackmail, love, loyalty, parenthood, loss and murder – just some nibbles featured in this book – are the tip of the iceberg of twists and turns which kept me addicted to reading all 550 pages.
The Heart Broke In is as deep as it is exciting. Meek’s writing and story telling abilities makes this novel sublime and a total page-turner. If you aren’t familiar with his work, The Heart Broke In is the perfect book in which to begin.