Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey


A woman's disappearance shakes up a strange northern town that is stuck in the 1980s, in a wildly imaginative novel that combines elements of The Handmaid's Tale , Stranger Things and Twin Peaks . Why can't a woman be more than one person in a lifetime?It's been months since Billie Jean Fontaine left her bedroom, trapped alone by grief. One night, out of the blue, she emerges and announces that she's going ...

Details Heartbreaker

Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Science Fiction

Reviews Heartbreaker

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out without shoes or a coat on a freezing evening and takes off in the family truck. The community begins to whisper about her absence and though she arrived 17 years ago...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out without shoes or a coat on a freezing evening and takes off in the family truck. The community begins to whisper about her absence and though she arrived 17 years ago...
  • Theresa
    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held my interest and desire to see how it turned out. So for that one seemingly tiny thing is the reason it's getting the 3 stars instead of lower. What I didn't like~* The...
  • Brooke
    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece together information about Billie’s life before the territory, her life in the territory, and the events leading up to her disappearance. I was absolutely fascinated and...
  • Kaytee Cobb
    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings way out in a desolate frontier. I picture unsettled Alaska, perhaps? because it's freaking cold there for so much of the year. So little is introduced at the beginni...
  • Mr. Cochran
    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very different narrators. No one ever leaves, but of course Billie Jean was the first "outsider" taken in by this community and has never quite fit in, so who knows what her ...
  • Kimberley
    How often have you wanted to simply run away from your life? Heartbreaker deals with the story of Billie Jean, who suddenly appeared in “the territory”, and then disappears without a trace 15 years later. This novel was written in three parts, as told by three of the characters: Billie Jean’s daughter, Pony; Billie Jean’s dog, Gena Rowlands; and Supernatural, a teenage boy in “the territory.” From what we can gather, the town was foun...
  • Rochelle Allison
    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s...Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes: her mysterious mother, her stoic father, the super-80s characters of the town...But the magic of this book isn't with the plot, per se, though that was as complex and...
  • Angie
    This one kind of defies categories. Kind of historical, the characters think they live in the 80s, they don't. No one knows until the end where they are. There are three parts, one narrated by a girl, one by a dog, and one by a boy. The dog seemed to have the best insights. Basically, it's about community and family and how claustrophobic these can be.Thanks to the publishers for the advanced copy.
  • Creager
    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother’s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine’s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and S.E. Hinton names, where Red Dawn really happened…I don’t know but I want to find out. But then there’s Claudia Dey’s fragmented time lines of past and pre...
  • Demi
    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that—brilliant and brutal.
  • Up All Night With Books
    3 StarsReview by Amy Late Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogClaudia Dey’s Heartbreaker was a one of a kind novel with a witty slant and a deeper meaning.Teenage years can be difficult, and for Pony, they are even stranger. Trying to make it in an unusual commune with a mom who is inconsistent and eccentric brings even more challenges.Billie Jean disappears without a word and her daughter and husband go on a hunt to find her. Trying to put...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    I've been sick but luckily had reviews written, so I am catching up and quickly posting, sorry for the dealy readers :) via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'This was the smell my mother was giving off now in our front hallway- an unfinished space, an open body cavity, an open grave.'A cult trapped in the 1980s makes for one strangely unique read. Told in three parts by Girl, Dog and Boy, what does it say about me that I devoured th...
  • Pam Golafshar
    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the synopsis and decided to keep at it... and I'm so glad I did. This story is told from three character perspectives, giving more of the central story in tiny bites as you...
  • Sherwestonstec
    I really enjoyed this quickly and strange story about a town that believes it is still 1985. “A woman’s disappearance shakes up a strange northern town that is stuck in the 1980’s, in a wildly imaginative novel that combines elements of The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things and Twin Peaks” is how it is described on the book jacket. It is told in 3 different voices The Girl, The Dog, and The Boy. They are all talking about the missing Bil...
  • Sazzle Burton
    I loved reading Heartbreaker. It's a story about a people. The character profiles alone are insanely well written and make you want to learn more - as they bring the reader deep into their lives. The relationships, the drama and the suspense of the story are all so fascinating. A chapter narrated by a dog, I mean come on, brilliant! Dey also has a unique way of bringing humor in at just the right moments. Wonderful references to music and song al...
  • Erin
    In the territory, no one ever leaves. Women grow their hair long past their backs. Teenagers give their blood to be sold every week. Everyone is stuck in the 80's- or maybe time's stopped, and it's still the 80's. But most importantly, no one ever leaves. Until Billie Jean leaves.Is it the apocalypse? It is a cult? Is that dog actually speaking to its owners? All valid questions. This book took a minute to find its rhythm, but then it manages to ...
  • Audrey
    This book was hard to define. Someone asked me what I was reading and I just couldn’t describe it. At the time I was in the section written from the dog’s point of view, which only made it harder to explain. I thought it was a really good kind of weird but weird books are hard to explain to other people. The writing style took some time to get used to. There was a lot of repetition and jumping back and forth in time from one paragraph to the ...
  • S
    This book sounds awesome! I can't wait to read it.
  • Eric
    * My wife enjoyed this book about a very unusual community populated with very unusual folks.* I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Threasa
    I won Heartbreaker on Goodreads. It is a very good book about a family living in a northern Canadian territory. The town is stuck in 1985, and everyone there believes it is. It is a harrowing book with the tale of Billie Jean Fontaine and her struggles. Billie Jean is "new" to the territory. She arrived one day after wrecked her car. Who was Billie Jean before?
  • Miriam Zink
    I received an arc of this book courtesy of the publisher and netgalley. I am not sure what to think of this novel because it was so confusing. I found it hard to follow because of how many characters there were and the fact that there was no chapters. I did like some elements of the story though. This ia definitely a new adult/adult novel because of the themes in it. There was more sexual innuendo and cussing then I usually read. I would like to ...
  • Carole Knoles
    I could not put this book down. You know that feeling that you are not ready to wake up yet because you are immersed in an interesting, crazy dream. I was completely taken up by what felt like it might be the author’s strange, ongoing, personal dream that is absolutely outside of my reality but so fascinating.
  • goldduststorytellerxx
    Claudia Dey hit the mark on this one! An amazing story and truly good writing, there's no doubt about that. When I saw "twin peaks mixed with stranger things" and an 80s plot setting... I knew I would either be buying it or buying it hands down! Even after getting my hands on this early copy from random house, yes it's worth buying to show off on your bookshelf because its a read that will never expire. I can see myself reading this again within ...
  • Heather Warner
    I have had to think very hard about how to rate this book. On one hand, the story was quite fascinating-a community of people who are living in 1985 because of their cult leadership-but they don’t seem to realize that they are living in a cult! On the other hand, the first narrator (there are three) is VERY hard to read. I almost put the book down several times during the first narrator’s part of the story-I understood why she spoke as she di...
  • Celia
    *Free in exchange for an honest review - goodreads giveaways, advanced reader's copyI'm kind of at a loss about what to say for Heartbreaker. What I will say is that author Claudia Dey has my full support in three months when this book comes out for the rest of the world. At first, I imagined giving this book a one-star review. Pony's perspective was very flat, and the dog's voice made me cringe and ask what I was reading. Then we got to Supernat...
  • Maya Ball
    I loved this book so much. I bawled my eyes out at the final pages. Heartbreaker is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is strange but also so moving and the writing is very beautiful. It is told in three different voices and I would recommend that you read each voice in a single go. The first voice is a girl named Pony. She is wild and has all of these private expressions I just loved. The second part is narrated by a dog! The dog talks ...
  • Jen
    ** I received an advance reader copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **This book was....odd. Written in three parts, it details the life of one woman in an unnamed 'territory', living in some sort of cult like situation and the impact she has on the three main characters. I may have rated this 4 stars if not for the first part. I really disliked the daughter's retelling of the story. Her voice was too disjointed, too pointless...
  • Sasha
    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on th...
  • Tianna Moxley
    Billie Jean Fontaine is the new world’s Caddy Compson and, likewise, Heartbreaker a sparkling, modern vision of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Fiery, courageous, flawed; Billie is a wildly enigmatic and untamed feminine power that whirlpools the adoration, hatred, and awe of all those who cross her flaming path. Now she’s missing. Once known as the only woman to arrive on “the territory”- a small utopian township founded by ...