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Broken Girls by Nicky Downes is my first book by this author. It's also the second in the Jack Kent series. I was very impressed by both the plot and the writing style. A story with a difference in that it involves the medical abuse of young girls. Not your usual story matter.
Jack Kent is called to the scene of a sudden death of a fifteen-year-old girl in a shopping mall. Alerted by her pathologist friend Shauna that there's more to this case, Jack dives into the murky world of medical ethics. At the same time a member of her team is in court preparing a case involving a rape (the previous books plot?)
Jack Kent is an interesting character. Openly gay she's also something of a celebrity climber as well as a police officer. She's methodical, caring and runs a very close-knit team. There's lots of small plots in the story which I think we'll find more about in future books. The storyline is harrowing, the thoughts about what happened to Leia and the suffering she went through are the worst. Her mother Gail was so complicate in her suffering you wonder why it wasn't picked up sooner.
A terrific addition to my author list, Nicky Downes is an author with a superior take on policing. I must find the first book to find out what I missed, but this book does stand on its own. I've given a few 5 tower awards out this year so far, but this is a worthy contender for the highest I can give. Read in two sessions, I can't praise it higher.
Thanks to NetGallery and Storm Publishing for an eArc copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.