The Broken Places by Rebecca Bradley – Review

About The Book

When Adrian Sykes is abducted in the night and brutally murdered, he leaves behind a pregnant wife, and no answers. Or are there? 

A secret unit within Nottinghamshire police has an angle, but it’s not one they’re willing to share. Information is hidden and secrets are kept. 

To firm up their case, undercover officer Molly Bell must enter the lion’s den to discover the truth, but it’s more difficult than expected. Secrets unravel, and a collision course is set. 

Suspended from duty and back from rehab, Detective Inspector Hannah Robbins is at home, patiently awaiting her misconduct hearing, when her past slams into her present. Will it drag Hannah under and finally destroy her, or can she face it head-on and survive? 

My Review

With thanks to the author for the copy received. I have read all of Rebecca Bradley’s novels and this is definitely my favourite. I was absolutely hooked. I do strongly advice that you read the full series in order so that you can enjoy this book as much as I did. You need to be aware what this monster has done in more than one novel!

Due to the events in the previous book, Hannah doesn’t feature as strongly as normal. Instead the focus is on Aaron, her colleague and an undercover officer Molly who for most of the novel is known as Pippa. I really liked this, it was like seeing two different people, but one wasn’t real. I thought this worked perfectly, she could only be known as Pippa!

The main thread of this novel really unsettled me, I struggle to accept cults and their control. There probably are many more characters who are more evil than Harper but I am struggling to think of any. I could see and feel how he made Pippa, Hannah and young Ruby feel. All of them were a lot braver than I would be. It was chilling, way too realistic but gripping. 

Hannah’s rehabilitation was also interesting, I liked seeing the closeness and loyalty of the team, her admittance that she had a problem and the insight into how the police force and the way they handled the situation. I imagine it’s common.

I am really interested in seeing what happened next in this series, I think it is one of the strongest out there.

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