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Karine Vivier

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What do a young girl, an ex-convict and a mother have in common? Broken Humanity is a short thriller about child trafficking based in France. It is written from different points of views. Three characters, three stories that form one plot.



Short Summary

The book opens with Andy, a kidnapper and his stepdaughter Alice, 8 years old who is helping him by luring other children into his van on a beach in Normandy. There is Denis Papin who has been released from jail for a child-related crime and Judith, whose daughter has disappeared in a supermarket.

The existing link between these three characters is revealed. Judith's daughter has been abducted by the duo and she is dead. Denis Papin is mistaken for the abducter by Judith's father but will be released. Andy will die in a stupid accident;


France, Normandy.

Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: Andy

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Manipulative,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Denis Papin

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Judith

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Desperate,Insecure

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Development Pitch

Broken Humanity is a short thriller about child trafficking, based in France. It is written from different points of views. There is Denis Papin, a convicted child molester, Andy, a kidnapper and his stepdaughter Alice (8), who helps Andy by luring their victims into his van. You also learn about the parents of Elaine, a young girl abducted by Alice and Andy a while ago and their coping with grief. The three characters are intricated into the same story and you find out about their existing link by the end of the book. The plot could be adapted into a movie. It is fast-paced and gripping; If the topic of child trafficking has already been exploited in movies, the ark of this story is quite original as a girl is used as a bait to lure other children. She is not completely innocent - She will kill an another girl by accident - although she is only a child. This not a manichean approach. The story aims at showing the evil part in these three different characters, their "broken" humanity.

About The Author

Karine Vivier is a French writer who currently lives in the United States. She has published several short stories in French-language magazines and has received the Jury prize for some of them. "Broken humanity" is her first novel. It has been translated into English by Kirsty Olivant and has received a warm welcome since its publication.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Karine Vivier

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available



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