BLOG TOUR POST + REVIEW: A Prayer For The Broken by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor #BookReview #BlogTour #APrayerForTheBroken

Publisher: Tilbury Publishing

Release Date: October 05, 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller / Suspense


They promised the boy he’d be safe – they lied!

When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate. As Stone attempts to purify John’s soul of “dangerous levels of toxicity”, it becomes increasingly clear he’s at the mercy of a madman.

Who can John talk to when no one wants to listen?
Who can he trust when all he knows is betrayal?

A Prayer for the Broken is the story of one child’s desperate fight to escape a sadistic killer who has complete control over him

My Thoughts

Man this book was rough, and by that I mean the subject matter. A Prayer For The Broken by Mark Tilbury is grisly, gritty, incredibly disturbing, and completely unputdownable. It’s about eleven-year-old John McCormack after his mother is murdered and he gets put into a foster home with a Pastor’s family. But Pastor Stone is not like any normal Pastor, instead he’s incredibly evil and a killer to boot. The terror and abuse that John experiences in his clutches is what this book is all about, and at times it was very hard to read. The part that really breaks my heart is the fact that this isn’t just fiction, but something that can, and does, happen in the real world.

I found A Prayer For The Broken graphic at times, and I think it is best suited for an older audience. I wasn’t sure if I should call it young adult, or adult but as I got towards the end I decided on adult just due to how disturbing it is. That being said, it’s clearly not going to be for the faint of heart and if child abuse (in any form) is a big trigger for you, this might not be the book you want to pick up. However, I think it is an important topic and I love that Tilbury tackled it head on. A Prayer For The Broken is suspenseful right from the get-go, and that continued until the very last page. There was a slight supernatural element at one point, but even if you don’t like elements like that you shouldn’t have any issue with this book since it’s such a small part.

I love the way Tilbury crafts his stories, and if you’re up for it, A Prayer For The Broken is going to be a book you don’t want to miss. It was super readable despite the subject matter, and I read it in only two sittings because once I started I had a hard time putting it down. This is the type of book that makes your skin crawl and at times, want to throw your book across the room, but it was worth the read and I highly recommend it!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing me with an advance review copy of this book! All opinions and thoughts are my own.

About the author

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.  After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.  
He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books. Now self-publishing, Mark has published The Last One To See Her and his most recent book, A Prayer For The Broken. When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking. 

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