Broken Silence

Author(s): Helen Vivienne Fletcher

NZ Teen Fiction

A stranger just put Kelsey's boyfriend in a coma. The worst part? She asked him to do it.

Seventeen-year-old Kelsey is dealing with a lot - an abusive boyfriend, a gravely ill mother, an absent father, and a confusing new love interest. After her boyfriend attacks her in public, a stranger on the end of the phone line offers to help. Kelsey pays little attention to his words, but the caller is deadly serious. Suddenly the people Kelsey loves are in danger, and only Kelsey knows it. Will Kelsey discover the identity of the caller before it's too late?

Kathleen's review - This is a hard-hitting teen thriller that kept me totally involved in the plot. A great read.


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"I love a book that makes me cry. It means that I actually care about the characters. This one did that for me. It definitely kept me guessing as well. I kept jumping around blaming different characters as time went on. I was also quite hooked and read the whole thing basically in two sittings." - Beth, Goodreads Reviewer

Helen Vivienne Fletcher wrote her first novel between the ages of thirteen and sixteen. It is, by several accounts, one of the funniest novels ever written. It's just a shame it was supposed to be a psychological thriller.

Helen has worked in many jobs, doing everything from theatre stage management to phone counselling. She discovered her passion for writing for children and young people while working as a youth support worker, and now helps children find their own passion for storytelling through her business Brain Bunny Workshops, which runs creative writing holiday programmes and afterschool classes.

Helen is the author of four e-picture books for children. She has won and been shortlisted for several writing competitions, including making the shortlist for the 2008 Joy Cowley Award, and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Wellington Children's Book Association New Pacific Studios residency. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in online and print publications, and she regularly performs her spoken word pieces around Wellington. Helen has recently turned her hand to writing for the stage with her first play How to Catch a Grim Reaper, for which she was named outstanding new playwright at the 2015 Wellington Theatre Awards.

Overall Helen just loves telling stories, and is always excited when people want to hear or read them.

General Fields

  • : 9780473396657
  • : HVF Publishing Ltd
  • : HVF Publishing Ltd
  • : June 2017
  • : 203mm X 127mm X 20mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helen Vivienne Fletcher
  • : 368
  • : Paperback