An enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.
A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague’s death, they’re under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force’s reputation.
When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?
Mark Hardie’s stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.
Burned and Broken is the authors debut novel and as debut’s go it shows a lot of potential from the author.
The story gets off to a good start with a man being burned alive in his car. You certainly don’t come across starts like that every day. It certainly grabbed my attention straight away.
The story flicks between Donna who is looking for revenge for the death of her friend Alice and the police who are investigating one of their owns death.
I have to admit that the parts with Donna in just didn’t grab me for some reason. I’m not sure if it was because she could see her dead friend or that I just didn’t find her very likeable, either way I did kind of drift off and struggled to stay focused. The parts with the police investigation were a lot more interesting and enjoyable and when it all comes together towards the end, the story really picked up again for me.
I can’t say I loved Burned and Broken, which to be fair it’s not that often that the first book in a series blows me away anyway, I did enjoy most of it though. It certainly starts off strong and finished strong, it was was just the in between that didn’t quite grab me as much as I would have liked for this genre. Saying that though I think for a debut and the first in a new series, it’s one that will more than likely go from strength to strength and would certainly read more by the author.
My thanks to Clara and Little Brown Book Group for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.
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