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Never Be Broken

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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.


‘The Marnie Rome series is magnificent. If you’ve not discovered it yet, you’ve been missing out’ Alex Marwood

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

‘Sarah Hilary takes us deeper and darker than ever before with the brilliantly written Never Be Broken. Brave and intriguing, it kept this reader enthralled from beginning to end.’ Liz Nugent

‘Addictive, chilling, and beautifully written. The timely story pulls you in deep. You care for the characters. FANTASTIC.’ Will Dean

‘Beautifully crafted, Never Be Broken is a beating heart of a book. Don’t miss it.’ Lucy Dawson

‘Sarah Hilary hits it out of the park again. London was never so shadowy, terrifying or real before’ Jane Casey

‘Just brilliant. Tense, traumatic, clever insightful, beautifully written’ Liz Barnsley

‘Tough, tender, absolutely terrifying’ Erin Kelly

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

‘Crime fiction doesn’t come much better than this’ Paul Burston

‘Demonstrates the police procedural at its absolute best’ Lucy Atkins

‘The Marnie Rome stories are clever and sharp, but they also have the most incredible emotional depth and clarity’ Joanna Cannon

‘A compulsive, page turning thriller’ Kate Hamer

‘I loved it’ Cath Staincliffe

‘This is a tenacious and troubling exploration of the many colours of life existing beneath the shiny veneer of our capital city. It is crime fiction at its best.’ neverimitate blog

‘Compulsive, gripping and twisty’ The Bookseller

‘The DI Marnie Rome series is one of the most exciting and authentic throughout British crime fiction. Never Be Broken is the sixth and packs the biggest emotional punch of them all. This is a series that has the ability to run and run, and with Hilary taking risky chances and so successfully, Sarah Hilary is going to be up there with the likes of Ruth Rendell, PD James and Val McDermid, as a game changer of British crime fiction.’ CrimeSquad

‘This is a wonderfully powerful and affecting book written by an accomplished and talented writer. If you haven’t read a Sarah Hilary book before then you are missing out, she is a force to be reckoned with.’ Beverley Has Read blog

‘Intelligent, and compassionate. [Sarah Hilary] is a thoughtful and always fascinating author. It’s really not possible to read one of Sarah Hilary’s books without being inextricably drawn into the political and socio-economic aspects of policing in London. Hilary never flinches from taking social and political themes that have immediate relevance in our contemporary lives.’ Live and Deadly

Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut, Someone Else's Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel...