The Broken Ones by Carla Kovach / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture CKovachAuthor


Detective Gina Harte #8

Amber applies a dash of red lipstick and checks herself out in the mirror before heading out on a date. ‘Don’t wait up!’ she calls to her housemates as she leaves. But Amber never returns home that night. Amber Slater is never seen again.

The last person to see Amber was her housemate. He remembers everything she was wearing that night. He watched her leave. He listened to every word of her phone conversation with her friend before she left. He knows more about Amber’s movements than anyone.

At university, she is well-liked by her fellow students and teachers. Her tutor’s voice shakes when he is questioned by the police. Some say he and Amber were very close. Too close. Some say his wife had just found out about their relationship.

The manager at the restaurant where Amber was supposed to eat that night says she didn’t show up. Yet the chef at the restaurant is overly chatty about her. He wasn’t working that night. He wasn’t answering his phone. Nobody knows where he was when Amber went missing.

Rumours begin to circulate about Amber, it seems that everyone has a story to tell. But when the young girl’s lifeless body is found in a local park, with her blue lips glued shut, the gossip suddenly goes quiet. As the police trace the last few hours of Amber’s life, it seems that the girl simply vanished on her way to catch her bus. And when another woman goes missing in the dead of night, it’s a race against time to find her before she too is silenced forever.




DI Gina Harte and her team are back and I, for one, am very pleased they are.

The author knows  exactly how to construct a story in order to keep the readers guessing. She has filled a basket ( a bit like Little Red Riding Hood but in this case full of baddies instead of goodies 😉 ) and she feeds us little snippets of information about them.

My head was spinning. I thought it was A, but was it not too obvious? Maybe B? Too obvious too? Or C, D,…  I could not make up my mind. It could have been each and everyone of them.

By revealing some secrets, the police were able to scratch the names of their list, slowly but surely. Only one name left and as usual they are being chased by a ticking clock. Will they arrive on time in order to save the latest victim from the clutches of the killer?

Once  again lives are ruined, innocent people are killed because someone felt that ‘What will people say?’ is more important than the well being of their own flesh and blood.

A great book, but that not news. Every book in this series is finger licking good. 5 stars.

Thank you, Carla Kovach and Bookouture


About the author

Carla Kovach is a crime and horror author from Worcestershire. Her most popular work, the DI Gina Harte series is published by Bookouture. As well as books, she also writes stage and screenplays.


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