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Clean Break    by David Klein order for
Clean Break
by David Klein
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Broadway, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

We all make choices in life. Sometimes the right ones; at other times the very worst one that could be made.

Celeste Vanek, one of the characters in David Klein's Clean Break, has to make a decision about her husband. Adam, a compulsive gambler, is just out of three months rehab. Adam does try to follow the tenets of the rehab but a gambler from his past pushes him once again into more bad behavior. Of course, it's a choice that Adam himself makes. He could have walked away. But addiction is hard to walk away from.

When Adam turns violent and attacks Celeste, a stranger named Jake Atwood comes to the rescue. Life turns even worse when Adam abuses his and Celeste's son Spencer.

Life spirals out of control as Jake and Celeste are attracted to each other and Adam immerses himself in his old behaviors while honing some new ones and Spencer drifts into a fantasy world of an imaginary friend.

An impasse is reached and hard decisions must be made. But when a horrendous happening occurs, all reason goes out the window.

Reading of the fateful course these people are on becomes more and more suspenseful. We see these characters with their skin laid bare and are in awe that they can continue to function. Have the right choices been made?

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