Broken Silence is the second novel in the DS Nikki Parekh series of books. Written by the lady who must have the best and appropriate name in crime fiction, Liz Mistry, it's another gritty northern fiction book. The world Nikki inhabits is no picnic. More Taggert in style than Frost, this series is becoming to come to life.
The book starts in an explosive fashion with a rape coupled with a shooting and abduction of a police officer. DS Springer is not Nikki's favourite person in the world. in fact she'd be near the bottom of the list. Yet her duty comes first, and she puts aside her feeling to find her. As ever she's assisted by her sidekick Saj. Their partnership is one of the cornerstones of the series.
When you start a book with such ferocity, you have to follow it with action. This book has it in spades. Body after body is found. Tortured, then murdered Nikki and Saj soon realise something is happening in their beloved Bradford and it's not nice. Broken Silence is not a novel for the faint-hearted.
I really enjoyed this book. The series comes alive with this story of human trafficking. Nikki isn't the perfect person, in fact she can be downright terrible, yet there's a spark that keeps you rooting for her. The way she puts aside her personal feelings to help Springer and her family is a case in point.
I was afraid that after the start this book would lose pace, yet it didn't happen (thank god). All through the book you're led around the gritty streets of Bradford, from one dead body to another. Each event making you turn those pages until you get to the end, and what an end it is. One that will have consequences for Nikki's family.
I can't recommend this book enough. As crime fiction goes, this is at the pinnacle. Liz Mistry has produced a book where that magical thing happens, the pages turn themselves. Can't wait to see what the next will bring.