Wednesday 5 June 2019

Review - Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary

Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 16 May 2019
Back cover blurb: Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost. Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice. DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.  NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us, and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.

Never Be Broken is book number 6 in Sarah Hilary's DI Marnie Rome series. As with all of these books, they can certainly be read as standalone, but I would highly recommend that you read the others in the series as they are all so brilliant!

Sarah Hilary also has a knack of writing about contemporary issues; this time focusing on gang culture and violent crime in London.

Never Be Broken focuses on the drive by shooting of teenager Raphaela Belsham. She is the child of wealthy parents, and not the usual gun crime victim the police are used to dealing with. Her death is somewhat of a mystery.

For a start, she is white, from an affluent area, and not part of a gang.

DI Marnie Rome and colleague, DS Noah Jake are determined to find the perpetrator, and fast, because whilst Raphaela doesn't fit the usual gang member profile, it is clear that her death is not isolated, that it is related to the spate of gang crime and murders rampaging London's streets, and that another young person could die if they don't act quickly.

Their superiors are not as convinced that Raphaela's death could be connected and Rome and Jake must work tirelessly to convince them. Raphaela's family are equally as determined that her death could not possibly be related to gang crime, and start to take matters in to their own hands.

Never Be Broken is, as all Sarah Hilary's novels are, totally gripping from start to finish, and once again, I can't wait for the next!

Never Be Broken is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.