Talk about dropping the ball with scheduling and saved updates on my posts today! Gotta love when it reverts back to the original draft post when it goes live. Clearly this is me being punished for neglecting to post regularly here – definitely going to improve on that the rest of the month and the rest of the year. I have all kinds of reviews to share!
Thanks to TLC Book Tour and the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review
ALL THE BROKEN GIRLS – Linda Hurtado Bond (Released August 23rd, 2022)
When one falls
Crime reporter Mari Alvarez was never able to solve her mother’s murder ten years ago. But when a woman is gunned down on the doorstep of her West Tampa neighborhood, Mari can’t shake the eerie sense of connection.
The others will break
Now there have been two murders in two days. Each crime scene awash with arcane clues?and without a trace of DNA from the killer. And for each victim, a doll. The first is missing an eye. The second is missing a heart. But are these clues leading to the killer…or messages for Mari?
Unless she plays the game…
Caught up in a maelstrom of Old-World superstition, secrets, and ties to her own past, Mari has only one option. Put the puzzle together before someone else dies?even if it destroys her career. But there’s no escaping the hungry spider’s web when it’s been made just for you…
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
When it comes to police procedurals or crime fiction novels, most that frequent the genre, will find most of them to be rather predictable or at least have a lot of similarities to them. Which I kind of understand because investigations can only really proceed in one way and it’s really only the crimes themselves that can be different. When I saw the cover for ALL THE BROKEN GIRLS I was intrigued because I’m a sucker for a beautiful and bright book cover.
This book includes a few things that keep it unique and stand out from the other crime fiction novels, and the main one is Santeria (a Cuban religion). The author gives the readers a good mix of the investigation, Cuban culture, and the unpredictable nature of Florida. The writing flowed well and the story progressed with a nice pace so that I didn’t have to worry about any lulls in the book or investigation. I do believe you’ll have to suspend some reality for the ending, but that’s what we like about some of these books, right? Overall, I will definitely pick up more from Bond in the future!
About the Author:
Linda Hurtado Bond is an award-winning journalist for Tampa’s Fox 13 by day and author of romantic thrillers by night. She has won 13 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist and Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar and an Edward R. Murrow award. A breast cancer survivor, she’s also active in the Tampa community with The American Cancer Society, Hooked on Hope, and The Shoot for a Cure, raising money and awareness any chance she gets. She’s the mother of five, four athletes and an adopted son from Cuba. She has passion for world travel, classic movies and solving a good mystery.