Welcome to my stop on the Burned and Broken tour, a detective and mystery book with a entanglement of stories all squished into one.
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.
At first, it can be a bit confusing with the changes of point of views throughout the book, but once you understand how, all in all, the stories link together, then the book feels like a bit of a roller coaster ride.
To be honest, I really liked how the book and story was set out, you get different pieces of the puzzle that doesn’t really add up until you get to the end. The characters are really interesting, and you find out more and more about them as the book goes on.
Would recommend this book to lovers of, of course, crime and mystery, either new readers or those of old.
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