I love reading crime and police procedural novels and recently picked up the latest book in the DS Nikki Parekh Series, written by Liz Mistry. Broken Silence is book number two in the series and is set in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
I haven’t read any books by Liz Mistry before and whilst it will help having read the first book in the series (Last Request), Broken Silence can be read as a standalone novel without the reader being at too much of a disadvantage.
On the way home from an exhausting police training conference, DS Felicity Springer notices a hand waving from the rear light on a white van and decides to follow. She loses control of her car and crashes. Someone rushes to her aid, but when they open the door… they have a gun! When her car is found, Felicity is missing and the countdown starts to find her, but that is just the beginning of something much more sinister occurring in Bradford and DS Nikki (Nikita) Parekh and DC Sajid Malik have a lot to investigate.
Overall, I enjoyed Broken Silence. This is book 2 in the DS Nikki Parekh series and as I understand it, in the first book, DS Felicity Springer was the enemy and neither detective likes each other. In book 2, DS Nikki Parekh has to put her dislike for her colleague aside and put her efforts into finding her.
The story starts off with the hunt for a missing colleague who may have come to harm but it soon evolves into a story of human trafficking, slavery, torture, rape and very organised crime.
Broken Silence is a very dark and gritty, urban, police procedural story that packs a punch. The main plot of human trafficking is very interesting and the subplot of the missing police officer adds a good dimension to the story. The further subplots regarding the characters personal lives and interaction with each other really adds to the story, giving it some depth.
It is a story that will definitely keep your interest, forcing you to turn page after page, all whilst keeping the tension and thrills at a very good pace. The characters are engaging and well-written (especially the up and coming crime boss) and the story as a whole is gripping right from the very start to the very end.
With a few different strands of investigation going on, it could be easy to lose track of the story but Liz Mistry has managed to write in a well thought-out way so this does not happen.
Broken Silence by Liz Mistry is an action-packed thriller grabs hold and doesn’t let go, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. I would recommend reading Last Request first, but if you can’t it won’t impact too much on this story.
Whilst I haven’t read the first book in the series, I will definitely be going back to it (I have already bought it and is now in my To Be Read pile. I will also be keeping an eye out for future releases in this series.
Definitely a book, author and series to read.
RRP: £8.99 (Paperback) / £0.99 (Kindle edition)