Today I’m excited to be the next stop on the Made To Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley blog tour. Made To Be Broken is Rebecca’s second published novel, her first book Shallow Waters was published in 2015 and if you haven’t read it yet I would highly recommend you order both books in the series
A rising death toll. A city in panic. 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 find themselves in a deadly race against a serial killer determined to prove a point. And Hannah finds herself targeting an individual with whom she has more in common than she could possibly know.
Made To Be Broken is the second book in the Detective Hannah Robbins crime series, you could read it as a standalone at a push, but although it’s a new story it also deals with the aftermath of Shallow Waters ( add link). Having read Shallow Waters which i thought was fantastic, I wasn’t sure if Rebecca Bradley would be able maintain the high standard of her previous book (sorry Rebecca for having my doubts, if you happen to be reading this). I’m glad to say after reading Made To Be Broken the author is now on my list of “MUST READ AUTHORS”.
From the off Made To Be Broken is a gripping read, when Detective Hannah Robbins investigate a a young woman’s death it soon becomes apparent that there is a serial killer on the loose. As panic sweeps the city, Hannah and her team find themselves under immense pressure from the public, the media and the powers that be. As events surrounding the deaths spiral out of control, the teams frustrations and determination to catch the killer are obvious and add tension to a taut plot
Detective Hannah Robbins and her team have evolved into multi dimensional characters making them very credible, as they struggle to come to come to terms with their last case the team appear fragile, Hannah is drinking more and popping pain killers and the rest of her team are making mistakes and dealing with their own problems, which make the team as a whole very authentic.
Almost from the start we know who the killer is which is always a big risk in a crime thriller, as I always find trying to guess the killer adds to the suspense, but Rebecca Bradley pulls it off by giving us chapters dedicated to the serial killer and their motivations for the crimes, which were chilling to say the least. I found the plot to be highly original in content, The police procedure is very well written and the author obviously draws on her own experience as a former police detective. Fast paced with a frightening and a very believable plot I found myself struggling to put this book down. What I particularly like about this series is how different each of the two books has been, so I will certainly be looking forward to the next book in the series, to see what Rebecca Bradley comes up with next.
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Print Length: 277 pages
Publication Date: 30th June 2016
About Rebecca Bradley
Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.
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Links to Rebecca Bradley
If you are interested in Reading my review for Shallow Waters here’s the link