Broken Girls: A totally addictive and unputdownable crime thriller

· Detective Bernadette Noel Book 2 · Bookouture
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Brambles catch her dress, scratch her legs, pierce her feet. To escape, she’d had no option but to go barefoot. They’d been laughing together a few minutes before, but things can change in the blink of an eye…


The woman is dark-haired and young, judging by the short red dress. Any other signs of her identity have been erased during her long wait to be found, but it’s clear she was strangled: this was a passionate and personal murder.

D.I. Bernadette Noel knows that every second counts if she is to catch this killer, but she has no leads – until the discovery that the dead woman’s rings match a stolen property report, and the rings’ owner mentions Rosa, her missing nanny.

Just when Bernie and her team think they’re getting somewhere, a shocking discovery about Rosa – and the news that another young girl has been abducted – changes everything the team thought they knew about the case.

Laura is only twelve, and her parents are beside themselves with worry – but Bernie has an additional fear. Laura’s home is right next to the woods where their murder victim was found: are the cases connected?

When Bernie notices similarities between descriptions of the man last seen with Rosa and someone Laura was messaging online, these fears grow stronger. But they still have no clear leads as to the identity of the culprit.

With few options left, and time running out, she makes a desperate plan to trap the predator. But any mistakes will mean another innocent life lost…


A gripping crime thriller with a nail-biting climax. If you like Angela Marsons, Val McDermid or Cara Hunter, you’ll love Joy Kluver.


Readers can’t get enough of Joy Kluver:

Wow!! Just wow!!This book is brilliant! More than brilliant, amazing!!!Absolutely gripping, addictive and captivating… I was absolutely hooked from the first page to the last. I had a complete shock at the twistsLove, love, loved all the characters!!! I would love to see this made into a movie.’ Bookworm86 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I read it in a few greedy gulps…It gets a very easy five stars from me… gave me goosebumps as I was reading it… If you haven’t yet started this series, then you really need to. Top stuff!Hooked From Page One ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

More red herrings than an Agatha Christie will have you burning the midnight oil… When the killer was identified my jaw hit the floor. I couldn't have been more shocked if the perpetrator had been Bernie herself.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

That ending! Talk about a twist you won't see coming!… This is such an addictive series… I don't know how I'm going to make it until the next one comes out!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Impossible to put down. I downloaded it this Monday morning, and by evening, I had finished. The rollercoaster was intense, the twists and turns unexpected, and the element of surprise insane… gripping read.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Twisted, intense and heartbreaking… Once you start this book you just can’t put it down! Out of all the books that I have read this year none of them shocked me as much. There was one twist that I literally was yelling and screaming at the character!!!Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I am blown away by this book, the twists and turns are mind-boggling!BRILLIANTIf I could I would give it more than 5 stars.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brillianthad me eagerly turning the pages as I not only wanted to know more about the crime but also about the investigating team… I adored this… A story that takes a dark turn, has several surprises and kept me on my toes.’ Vonnibee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reviews
July 27, 2021
4.5⭐ D.I. Bernie Noel is back with an utterly absorbing crime thriller involving a dead girl, mistaken identity and a missing twelve-year-old. Not to mention a private life that's about to get a little messy And with brilliant pacing, a lovely west country setting, wonderful characters, and an investigation that was not only littered with red herrings, but kept me guessing until the very end. Broken Girls was a superb and enthralling follow up to Last Seen. And I'm certainly excited to read more from D.I. Noel and her team in the future. Would happily recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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Kirsty Whitlock
July 28, 2021
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Broken Girls' by Joy Kluver. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Joy Kluver, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 27th July 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the second book in the 'Detective Bernadette Noel' series but it can be read as a standalone. I have previously read 'Last Seen' which is the first book in the 'Detective Bernadette Noel' series and which I would highly recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'If you like Angela Marsons, Val McDermid or Cara Hunter, you’ll love Joy Kluver'. I am a huge fan of Angela Marsons so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Joy Kluver and if this is half as good as 'Last Seen' it is sure to be a page turning read. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I h
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Catawba Cats
July 27, 2021
This second installment in the DI Bernie Noel series is fantastic! It is a roller-coaster ride with ups, downs, and lots of twists and turns along the way. We also get a peek into Bernie's personal life which has a bombshell ending! Sitting on a tack waiting for #3! Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!
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