A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
The charred body of a policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found in the burnt-out-shell of his car on the Southend seafront.
To DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell of the Essex Police Major Investigation Team, the two events seem unconnected. But as they dig deeper into their colleague’s murder, dark secrets begin to emerge.
Can Pearson and Russell solve both cases, before more lives are destroyed?
Hardie’s novel is an imposing and stirring debut.
Both intriging and gripping but littered with unnecessary coarseness in language. it starts with an horrific fire death that begins the investigation of Pearson and Russell.
This is a superb start to this, what I hope to be a brilliant series.
Burned and Broken is fabulously written. It’s smooth clever plot reels the reader in and is totally absorbing in its tale.
There is a lot of specific elements and Hardie’s writing technique makes this tale worthy of the big screen. I would love to see this in film form.
There were of this book that I would like to see changed, but that’s just me, a certain character didn’t quite jel in my opinion, but, this is a book I would recommend to readers.
It, in some ways, is a change to the norm of this genre, which makes it a refreshing change.
I rather quite liked it.