The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 4

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My fourth selection is a book that is the sixth in a long running series featuring two very popular London based characters. At the end of the last book one of them suffered an unimaginable loss, and it is this story, this sense of guilt and overwhelming emotion that carries us into and through the latest instalment. As emotional as it is tension filled and thrilling, my fourth #bookvent choice is

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Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary

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.

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If there is one thing you can always count on from a book by Sarah Hilary, it is that she will take a very relevant, very pertinent issue and turn it into a story which is harrowing and emotional in equal measure, without ever once need to be gratuitous in recounting the events that occur. I’d say this is never more true than with Never Be Broken which taps into the alarming rise in knife crimes against the young adults and children of the UK, and the impact that these murders have upon family and friends as well as the very modern topic of ‘County Lines’ – using innocent children to move drugs and arms around the country. This book is as noteworthy for the portrayal of Noah Jakes’ suffering as it is for the central storyline in which a young girl is killed. Sarah Hilary is a master in manipulating your emotions – making you angry one minute about the growth in knife crimes and the culture of drugs and hostility that is rapidly growing across the country, and the next taking you into a dark, psychologically and emotionally draining circle of grief.

Absolutely captivating, this book nearly broke me and is highly recommended. You can read my full review here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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