Quite a topical subject matter ran throughout the storyline of Never Be Broken, that of assumptions made according to ethnicity.
An important issue to highlight, unfortunately, although it is heartbreaking to know that it is necessary, it is dealt with well in this book.
DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake, aren’t they just the perfect pairing?
DI Marnie Rome seemed stronger in this book than ever before, as if she has finally made peace with a lot of her demons.
Poor Noah though is being visited regularly by his dead brother Sol – this was so brilliantly written, I genuinely didn’t want Noah to get ‘help’ for this as it was obviously so (unhealthy but) comforting for him!
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.