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A gritty crime story that, at times, seems a little too realistic for comfort!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2022
Broken Bones is the seventh novel featuring DI Kim Stone and while it can be read as a stand-alone novel it features (and also makes reference to) a number of characters who have featured in some of the earlier 'Kim Stone' novels. As a result, I think you will get more enjoyment from this novel if you have already read the earlier stories.
So what is there to like about Broken Bones? It has plenty of page-turning action scenes, a fair number of suspects and a group of police officers who are quite relaxed about ignoring police protocol on occasion. The characters come across in a unnervingly realistic manner and some of the action scenes leave nothing to the imagination (and had me wincing on occasion!).
Two things you may wish to bear in mind if you are considering buying this novel: the plot addresses a number of quite unsavoury topics including 'forced' prostitution, illegal immigration, very poor working and living conditions and physical & psychological violence against women and men. Secondly, the story ends at about the 90% mark of the kindle edition, so if you use the '% read' feature to help you gauge how much further there is to go in the novel, you will be misled.
Overall, unlike some other reviewers, I thought this story was just as good as other stories featuring detective Kim Stone and I found it a relatively quick read. While some of the topics and scenes were disturbing, Broken Bones is, in my opinion, a good addition to this gritty crime series.