Fast acting poisons and where to hide a body...
Sarah introduced the book to us. ‘Never Be Broken is the sixth in my D.I. Marnie Rome series, and finds Noah Jake struggling with his job as more and more young people fall victim to crime in the capital. Can Marnie solve the case *and* bring her detective sergeant back from the brink?’
The book is gripping and heartbreaking in equal measure. Sarah told us about the genesis of the novel. ‘Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that Never Be Broken is dedicated to Pretana Morgan, who spoke so movingly about the senseless murder of her son Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton. I thought of all the mothers of all the children who were dying like Rhyhiem and I started reading first person accounts of knife crime and gang-related murder. I always research first-person accounts. Official figures are shocking, but so dry. To get to the truth of the harm being done, you need to read about the people affected by violence and loss.’
We learned that Sarah’s grandmother inspired her to be a writer… ‘…she used to tell these jolly stories when me and my siblings were tiny, about the camp our mum grew up in, running around barefoot, learning to write with a stick in the sand ...’
Before hitting us with the shocking revelation... ‘Much later, I learnt it was a Japanese PoW camp’
Sarah linked to the story here, if you want to read more.
We also argued about who’d get to take over Ripley’s story, if it were possible, and discussed the darker elements of our respective internet search histories.
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