The Broken Ones: An absolutely gripping crime thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

· Detective Gina Harte Book 8 · Bookouture
34 reviews

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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.  


Fans of crime books from Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh will love The Broken Ones.


What readers are saying about The Broken Ones:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow, what a fantastic book, I absolutely loved every page!... A rollercoaster of ups and downs and twists and turns.’ Nicki’s Book Blog

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Amazing thriller… Kept me up all night.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Tense, gripping, exciting and nerve-wracking.’ Goodreads reviewer


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another riveting instalment in this gripping and addictive series… I loved every part of it.’ Bookword86

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved this… I was blown away.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I wish I could give more than five stars.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Exciting and tense with so many suspects.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Brilliant… I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I love it.’ Goodreads reviewer


What readers are saying about Carla Kovach:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I read this in a single sitting, unable to put it down.’ NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow! Absolutely amazing!… I was hooked from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Fantastic. Five stars from me.’ NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow! What a great read!! This was full of so many twists and turns.’ NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Fast-paced and gripping… Read it! You won’t be disappointed.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an amazing thriller!’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘One hell of a series.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Gripping and addictive. An easy five stars.’ Goodreads reviewer

Ratings and reviews

34 reviews
Sherry Rehbock
March 1, 2021
Another British crime novel for me. They never get old because they are all so good. This is my first Gina Harte novel by Carla Kovach, but it won’t be my last. This is the 8th book in the series and I had no trouble following along without being caught up in reading the series. Gina Harte, or Guv as her team calls her, is hunting a murderer. A young college age girl is found dead in the park. The book focuses on catching her killer. There are chapters from his victims, his point of view and Gina’s. I like when you get to see the story unfold from many angles. And can I mention there is no shortage of suspects. At one point I even wondered if her team was all vetted and if they could be part of it. Slowly all of the suspects end up being eliminated so you can figure out the villain. There is suspense and danger in this fast paced novel as Gina and her team rush to solve the case before more people are hurt. The author does a good job in developing a believable crime and has a diverse group of characters. And she is great at red herrings for even smaller plot points as you read the story. I recommend this for anyone looking for a well thought out crime drama.
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Kirsty Whitlock
March 1, 2021
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Broken Ones' by Carla Kovach. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 1st March 2021. This is the second book I have read by this author. It is also the eighth book in her 'Detective Gina Harte' series but can be read as a standalone. The seventh book in the series is called 'Their Silent Graves' which I also highly recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis. It is also the eighth book in the series that I have read the seventh one of so I'm looking forward to continuing it. It also stated in the synopsis that fans of Angela Marsons will love it. I am a huge fan of Angela's books so am looking forward to see if it lives up to this. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch t
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Catawba Cats
March 1, 2021
What a ripping read! Carla Kovach takes you inside a complex and ever changing police investigation. All the characters are well developed and interesting from many angles. The red herrings abound and you don't know whodunnit until the end. Another great addition to the DI Gina Harte series!
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