Made To Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley. Read June 2016.

Book 2 in the DI Hannah Robbins series, a gripping follow-up to Shallow Waters.

“A young mother is found dead in her home with no obvious cause of death. As DI Hannah Robbins and her team investigate, it soon becomes clear that the woman is the first in a long line of murders by poison. 
With the body count climbing, and the city of Nottingham in social meltdown, the team finds themselves in a deadly race against a serial killer determined to prove a point.”

Many of the compelling characters from the first book in the series return and we learn more about their lives against the backdrop of a tough investigation. I enjoyed the way the author moves the plot along at a fast pace while still developing believable characters. I found the main character, Hannah, less likeable this time but also more realistic. I think she has huge potential for future books.

The plot was cleverly constructed and I thought the use of flashback chapters was done well. The reader is in the know while the investigators are in the dark – a format that can sometimes disappoint but worked well here.

The author’s writing style contributes to a satisfying read. Her experience of police work is obvious and gives a feel of authenticity to all aspects of the investigation. It makes a nice change not to be shouting “That wouldn’t happen!” while reading a police procedural.

I enjoyed the read and would recommend this book to all crime fiction fans. However if you haven’t read Shallow Waters first you’ll be missing out on a lot of back story.

Thank you to the author for the advance copy e-book to review.

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