[605]: Cracked by Barbra Leslie


It’s been driving me mad for weeks. This book arrived at my doorstep weeks ago and still have no clue who sent it. At first, I thought Titan must be connected to Penguin Random House Canada or Simon Schuster. Because they’re the only people who send me unsolicited books for reviews. But I’ve yet to find the connection. If any of you knows, please feel free to enlighten me. In any rate, I’m thankful. Cracked had sparked my long lost love for pulp fiction.


is an unapologetic mess. After her marriage ended, she flitted from alcohol abuse to the oblivion that only drugs can provide. She has no intention of getting clean. Not even when she got a phone call informing her that her twin sister, Ginger was found dead in a seedy motel. Far from the rich neighborhood where she and her perfect family lived.

Armed with the determination to find her killers, Danny, and her brother set out to exact revenge to those responsible. In California, they’ll find their brother in law in jail under suspicion of murder, their nephews missing, and a trail of clues that will lead them to her ex-husband’s shady past.


Reading pulp fiction is always a different experience. Everything is raw and visceral; bloody with a tinge of humor only a few of us would be able to get. Cracked is exactly that. It was dark and ripe with violent tendencies. The heroine works hard to appeal to the reader’s sympathetic side and was somewhat successful for the most part. While I tend to be unforgiving with characters who knowingly walks the path of destruction, I am a bit more generous with those who has gone past the point of no return. Danny, bless her, has fully owned being an addict. It’s the fuel that drives her- the spark that electrifies her. Knowing fully well that it could kill her one day.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is not afraid to show all its dirty parts. It’s an honest portrayal of a woman whose weakness could very well be what keeps her alive. In that, it’s a dangerous novel, but only to those with no appreciation of what being human is like. Barbara Leslie is a woman who knows a thing or two about being an addict. As someone who’s well on her way to recovery, she’s been in that position before; where the need to use wars with the need to survive.

  • Sounds like an intense read Joy… glad you liked it.

  • Joanie

    I read this too, and loved it. But the author’s name is spelled Barbra Leslie, not Barbara. Great read.

  • I don’t think this book is for
    me, Joy, but I glad you enjoyed (I’m not sure enjoy is a right word in this
    case, but you get what I mean). I hope the next random book on your doorstep
    will be as good.

  • Oooh I love when a book shows it’s dirty parts. Danny sounds like an interesting heroine for sure.

  • Adriana C

    It sounds very intriguing but I´m not sure if its my type of book.
    Great review.

  • Jazmen

    Very very intriguing. Never heard of this one. Sounds interesting though I’m not sure it’s for me. Hmm, not sure. Great review, Joy!

  • Ooh interesting. I’m not really sure what pulp fiction means but this book sounds really dark, and it’s definitely interesting to see an author use her own dark experiences to write a story

  • Yep, I am on board with getting free books in the mail-especially if it’s a genre I read. Has only happened once after I won a GoodReads giveaway but oh well. I can see why you want to know though! I don’t think this would be a good read for me, however. Was wondering what you rated it?

  • It showed up on your doorstep with no note from who sent it? Eeep that is a bit odd! Titan are independent but perhaps they share reviewer info with another publishing house? They have a press contact on their site that mentions review copies so they might be able to help 🙂

    I like the fact that this one sounds gritty and realistic, that combination makes for fascinating fiction.

  • That is so cool that you get physical copies of books in the mail… fo free (and fo a review). ONE DAY I hope to be as fortunate, but I know a lot of hard work goes into getting there.

  • RO

    I totally love the sound of this book, Joyous Joy because it has depth and isn’t afraid to explore the things we don’t want to talk about. A great review that’s making me want to grab this one. What a great gift someone left you right at the front door. Hugs…RO

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sounds like a good read. I do like dark and gritty stories! That’s funny it was a random book on your doorstep. Ah well, at least it was a good read!


  • This sounds really intriguing!

  • Sounds like a raw and gritty book, and yaya for suprrise books

  • Yay for SURPRISE BOOKS! I’m slowly venturing more into crime-ish territory – in book terms, I mean! Glad you enjoyed this one.

  • Hmmm, is just showed up at your door?That is weird! Do you know if you’ve won any giveaways recently?? I love how raw and dark you describe this book. Pulp fiction is really outside of my comfort zone but I am trying to move past comfort in books this year. Adding to my TBR list!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’m not sure this is the book for me Joy, but I’m glad it worked so well for you! I would say I’m more faint of heart than not, so give me the light and fluffy reads all day and I’ll be a happy girl. Hope you figure out who sent this book to you!

  • kindlemom1

    Love this line Joy: “This book is not for the faint of heart. It is not afraid to show all its dirty parts”

  • ooohhh. an intense and dark read. might not exactly be my read since I’m still not completely sure about my relationship with books that are heavy and violent. Nice to know you liked this book even though you still don’t know who sent it to you (might be some crazy stalker though.. hmmm..).

  • Nick

    This sounds really intense, Joy! The fact that the author herself is an addict and has experienced it would definitely make for a powerful and honest representation of the issue. I’ll have to look into this one for my dad!
    Great review!

  • Jasprit

    This sounds like a great read Joy, and although I usually have to prepare myself for dark and gritty reads before picking them up, like you I think I will end up liking this too. Thank you for putting this book on my radar! 🙂

  • Awesome review Joy 😀 Yay for enjoying this book a lot. <3 I'm not sure it would be for me. But so glad you liked it 🙂 And ahh. You don't know who sent it? How weird. I hope you will figure it out 🙂 Hugs. Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Melliane

    ah yes not an easy one there… it’s the first time I hear about it.

  • Wow it seems like this one really did take your breath away even though you weren’t expecting it to appear on your doorstep in the slightest. Books that are totally uncensored can be hard to trudge through if you haven’t steeled yourself for it yet. I’m not sure if I am going to try this one – I might look into more review first – but it has caught my eye.

  • I had a Google and they seem to be an independent publisher. Could they have gotten your information from somewhere like Netgalley? I love that the author has infused her own experience with addiction into her characters, it breathes such life and realism into the storyline. This isn’t my usual type of read but you haven’t steered me wrong Joy and will give it a go as well. Wonderful review <3

  • I do think Titan stands on their own…hmmm, I have not found anything anyway