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  • 4.5⭐A superb & enthralling follow up to Last Seen

    D.I. Bernie Noel is back with an utterly absorbing crime thriller involving a dead girl, mistaken identity and a missing twelve-year-old. Not to mention a private life that's about to get a little messy And with brilliant pacing, a lovely west country setting, wonderful characters, and an investigation that was not only littered with red herrings, but kept me guessing until the very end. Broken Girls was a superb and enthralling follow up to Last Seen. And I'm certainly excited to read more from D.I. Noel and her team in the future. Would happily recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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  • Fantastic!

    This second installment in the DI Bernie Noel series is fantastic! It is a roller-coaster ride with ups, downs, and lots of twists and turns along the way. We also get a peek into Bernie's personal life which has a bombshell ending! Sitting on a tack waiting for #3! Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

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  • Another addictive book in am explosive series

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Broken Girls' by Joy Kluver. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Joy Kluver, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 27th July 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the second book in the 'Detective Bernadette Noel' series but it can be read as a standalone. I have previously read 'Last Seen' which is the first book in the 'Detective Bernadette Noel' series and which I would highly recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'If you like Angela Marsons, Val McDermid or Cara Hunter, you’ll love Joy Kluver'. I am a huge fan of Angela Marsons so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Joy Kluver and if this is half as good as 'Last Seen' it is sure to be a page turning read. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of 68 chapters. The chapters are short in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is based in Wiltshire, UK 🇬🇧. The bonus for me of books that are partly or fully based in the UK is that I live in the UK and have sometimes visited places mentioned in the book which makes it easier to picture. This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonist is Detective Bernadette Noel. The benefits of third person perspective are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out on anything. 'Broken Girls' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Joy discusses/includes sexual assault and child abuse. Wow!! Just Wow!! What can I even say?!? Joy you have absolutely slam dunked it yet again!!! Only your second novel and it is absolutely heart racing!! What an absolutely EPIC debut novel. You are going far!!! Anyway... Will I get on with my review? Best had.... As you can tell from my opening statement this book is brilliant! More than brilliant, amazing!!! It had been fantastically written and the descriptions completely absorb the reader into the storyline. The storyline is absolutely gripping, addictive and captivating. Filled with everything you are looking for in a book... Suspense, tension, mystery, red herrings, researched police procedural, you name it this book has it. I was absolutely hooked from the first page to the last. I had a complete shock at the twists and finding out who was who and who did what. A HUGE congratulations there as it is getting harder and harder to surprise me these days but that was a whooper!! I loved that there were several storylines going on and yet everything came together perfectly, nothing worse than crucial parts being mentioned and then left and not mentioned again, this was all perfectly tyed up a the end. This is an absolutely fantastic start to what promises to be a heart racing and nail biting new series. What an absolutely cliff hanger this ended on!!! Joy you best be writing your next book as we speak as I cannot wait!!! Love, love, loved all the characters!!! I loved meeting them again and still cannot wait to meet them yet again although I'm glad I won't be hearing from a certain worthless character. The fact that Bernice is such a strong, determined and captivating female lead is a huge bonus for all female readers. Woman power!! It wasn't just Bernie who was a super woman though as Kerry was also whoop butt and Alice is definitely starting to shine. The dynamic of the team was spot on and I really enjoyed reading all the different personalities and watching friendships bond. Matt and Anderson were also excellent members of the team and Anderson will definitely be an intriguing one to continue to read about. I also enjoyed meeting Paul and Anna Bentley who are becoming integrated as part of the team. I really cannot compliment this book and successfull author more. I would love to see this made into a movie and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Overall an addictive, gripping, heart racing, nail biting and page turning thriller that will keep you hooked. Genres covered in this novel include Crime, Suspense, Police Procedural, Crime Thriller and Mystery amongst others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans Melissa Leigh, Angela Marsons, C. L Taylor, Carol Wyer and anyone looking for a great new series. 350 pages. Th

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  • Terrifically Good!

    This is Joy Kluver's second novel to feature DI Bernadette (Bernie) Noel of the Wiltshire police force. Bernie came to Wiltshire from the Metropolitan Police to escape. Following her involvement in a high profile prosecution resulting in her receiving death threats, she hoped that her move to the West Country would put all that behind her and protect herself and her family. In Broken Girls, Bernie is on the case when a young woman in a red dress is found by a farmer's son, strangled in a wood close to the railway. She still has her gold hoop earrings in her ears and her stilettoes are a few yards away. The woman has been dead for nearly a week, but why has she not been reported missing? The story is told entirely from the perspective of Bernie so the reader makes their discoveries when Bernie does. The investigation is a complex one and Joy Kluver cleverly weaves everything together. The plotting is masterful; the subplots were well executed and the many twists were dotted throughout the whole novel rather than being rushed in at the end. I spent some time dwelling on the facts presented but still, the perpetrator's identity eluded me until the reveal. Bernie's personal and professional lives are interesting. Joy Kluver has so far revealed enough about her to ensure she comes across as a switched-on, caring, believable woman while holding enough back to keep readers wanting to learn more. I also liked the friendships between Bernie and her team, though it's not all plain sailing. There are maelstroms in her private life but possibly a sense of hope about the future. Broken Girls is a fantastic continuation of a new series which I’m sure will see readers coming back for more. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Thrilling

    D.I. Noel had me sitting on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Amazing story and nice to get a glimpse in to her personal life. Just the right mix.

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