Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary – Book Review



Deeply contemporary, painfully real, heartbreakingly good’ – Mick Herron

The compulsive, gripping and twisty new London crime novel featuring DI Marnie Rome, from award-winning novelist Sarah Hilary

Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs.

They are London’s lost.

Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.

DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.



Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary is #6 in the DI Marnie Rome series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

The story is centred on DS Noah Jake who is struggling after losing his brother Soloman in a prison yard stabbing……he sees Sol everywhere, and talks to him all the time…..his grief and guilt just won’t let him go.

Set in London, this is a grim reminder of the current problems of gangs, knife and gun crime amongst young people and the tragic consequences.

Marnie and Noah are investigating the death of 13 year old Raffa who was killed in a drive by shooting….her father is angry, very…he doesn’t want his daughter death to be associated with gangs, but after a bullet is found hidden in Raffa’s room, suspicion falls that way……but there is so much more to the story!

This is not an easy read, with the terribly wasted lives and Noah’s struggle to cope after the death of his brother is heartbreaking……

This is a dark, gritty and supremely compelling story, with some truly tense moments. I felt it had an underlying message of forgiveness, grief and letting go and will touch your heart a little…..if only for Noah and Sol. This will stay with me for a long while and I would recommend you get a copy now…..

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)



Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing and Come And Find Me. Follow her on twitter @sarah_hilary.

Praise for the DI Marnie Rome series

‘The Marnie Rome series is fantastic’

Mark Billingham

‘Never Be Broken gloriously demonstrates that modern crime fiction really isn’t all about the murders.’

Val McDermid

Hilary belts out a corker of a story, all wrapped up in her vivid, effortless prose. If you’re not reading this series of London-set police procedurals then you need to start right away’

The Observer, Thriller of the Month

‘DI Marnie Rome is up there in the top division of fictional female detectives’

The Times

‘Contemporary, yet elegant, and with a heart, it underlines the author’s place as one of Britain’s best new crime writers’

Daily Mail


‘Marnie Rome gets better and better’

Clare Mackintosh

‘It’s brilliant. Tough, tender, absolutely terrifying’

Erin Kelly

‘I am lost in admiration at her imagination and skill’

Sabine Durrant

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