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Title: Broken Girls
Series: Detective Bernadette Noel, #2
Author: Joy Kluver
Published: July 27th 2021
Just think of all the superlatives to describe a brilliant thriller, Put them all together, mix them up into a really tasty chiller And you’ve probably got the recipe to help describe this read One of the most enthralling, gripping crime thrillers, indeed. DI Bernadette Noel is better known as Bernie and has a great team When they investigate a body found, is everything as it seems? With her boss, whose nickname is Worthless, holding on tight the the reins Just what is his motive, what’s he out to lose or gain? When another girl goes missing, then get ready for many twists so It keeps you guessing from the start wondering where it’ll go! This book kept my up late, I didn’t want to stop reading Until I’d discover the who, why and when to which it was leading. I can’t recommend it highly enough and hope you’ll enjoy it too I’d give it more than five stars if I could in this my honest review! I have to say thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of this book One at which I suggest again you grab a copy and go take a look!
Brambles catch her dress, scratch her legs, pierce her feet. To escape, she’d had no option but to go barefoot. They’d been laughing together a few minutes before, but things can change in the blink of an eye…
The woman is dark-haired and young, judging by the short red dress. Any other signs of her identity have been erased during her long wait to be found, but it’s clear she was strangled: this was a passionate and personal murder.
D.I. Bernadette Noel knows that every second counts if she is to catch this killer, but she has no leads – until the discovery that the dead woman’s rings match a stolen property report, and the rings’ owner mentions Rosa, her missing nanny.
Just when Bernie and her team think they’re getting somewhere, a shocking discovery about Rosa – and the news that another young girl has been abducted – changes everything the team thought they knew about the case.
Laura is only twelve, and her parents are beside themselves with worry – but Bernie has an additional fear. Laura’s home is right next to the woods where their murder victim was found: are the cases connected?
When Bernie notices similarities between descriptions of the man last seen with Rosa and someone Laura was messaging online, these fears grow stronger. But they still have no clear leads as to the identity of the culprit.
With few options left, and time running out, she makes a desperate plan to trap the predator. But any mistakes will mean another innocent life lost…
A gripping crime thriller with a nail-biting climax. If you like Angela Marsons, Val McDermid or Cara Hunter, you’ll love Joy Kluver.
Joy Kluver has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. More recently she’s been escaping the madness of motherhood by turning her hand to crime novels. A book blogger, she’s also part of the First Monday Crime team and if you’ve been to any of their events it’s likely you’ve eaten one of her cookies. She also organises author talks for her local library. Joy lives in SW London with her husband and three children. ‘Last Seen’ is her debut novel and the first book in the DI Bernadette Noel series.
Joy is represented by Anne Williams at the Kate Horden Literary Agency.