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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Break

ISBN: 978-1662503870

Publisher: Little A

Publication Date: 11/01/2022

Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars

Can she trust the people she loves? Can she trust herself? A new mother is pushed to the edge in a provocative thriller by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Open House.

After the traumatic birth of her daughter at a New York City hospital, Rowan O’Sullivan returns home to her apartment with her perfect newborn, Lila. At her side are her husband, Gabe, and June, a part-time babysitter hired to help Rowan in any way she can.

But in this time of joy, Rowan can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. She feels dread. She’s breaking.

Rowan’s growing instability leads her to accuse June of unspeakable things. And when June disappears just days later, Rowan becomes a suspect. The neighbors heard the screaming. But only Rowan knows what really happened. If her mind can be trusted. Since Lila’s birth, her memory has been both unreliable and frightening.

To uncover what happened to June and protect her new baby, Rowan must try to untangle the deep recesses of her mind and face the dark things she’s so desperate to keep buried. When she does, no one is prepared for where the truth leads.

My Review

THE BREAK by Katie Sise is a slow-burning suspense mystery of intrigue for fans of The Push.

Rowan and Gabe celebrate their new baby girl, Lila, but Rowan remembers almost nothing about her hospital stay and birth. It was very traumatic.

Set in New York, their friend and talent agent Harrison Russell, and June has big ambitions. June begins working at Harrison’s agency, signs on to babysit for Rowan and Gabe, and the trio becomes a quartet.

Rowan nearly dies in childbirth and suffers serious complications. She becomes paranoid and suspicious.

A young mother pushed to the edge. Something is not right.

June, their babysitter, takes some time off after being frightened by something that happened, and Rowan is in therapy for PTSD.

How are all of these things connected? Can Rowan trust anyone or herself?

She thinks something is wrong and accuses June of things. Then June disappears, and she is a suspect. She must dive keep to discover the truth.

Alternating between narrators, the pieces of the puzzle finally come together. Emotional, chilling, dark, and immersive.

@JudithDCollins |#JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 4 Stars

Pub Date: Nov 1, 2022

From the Publisher

In Katie Sise’s new book, The Break, new mom Rowan is recovering from the traumatic birth of her daughter. The child is thriving, but Rowan senses that something is not quite right and perhaps there are details her family isn’t telling her. She’s having strange flashbacks, and people are acting differently around her. Brimming with a strong cast of characters, including a young babysitter who goes missing, the novel has twists and real emotional insight that made for a very fast read.

If you loved books like The Push by Ashley Audrain or The Woman in the Window, you’ll feel at home here, but I also appreciated how Sise goes deep with her characters, writing a page-turning story with sensitivity and nuance.

—Carmen Johnson, Editor


“With this white-knuckle journey, Sise shows her mastery of suspense.” Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sometimes Katie Sise is a bestselling author, TV host, and jewelry designer featured in major fashion magazines and television shows, but mostly she’s a leggings-clad coffee-drinking mother of four.

Katie Sise is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Open House and We Were Mothers. Her novels have been included on best-of lists by Good Morning America, the New York Post, E! Online, PureWow, POPSUGAR, and Parade magazine. She is also a jewelry designer and television host and has written several young adult novels, including The Academy, The Pretty App, and The Boyfriend App, as well as the career guide Creative Girl. She lives with her family outside New York City. You can visit her online at

In November 2022, Amazon Publishing/Little A will publish Katie’s next novel, The Break, about a young woman named Rowan who is pushed to the edge after a traumatic birth. When Rowan returns home with her perfect newborn, Lila, she accuses her beautiful babysitter of things that can’t possibly be true. When her sitter disappears days later, Rowan becomes a suspect. From Publishers Weekly: “With this white-knuckle journey, Sise shows her mastery of suspense.” The Break is a Zibby’s Book Club pick for November.

If you have the chance to read her novels, Katie would love to hear what you think. Please email her at, or find her on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter.

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