All the Broken Girls
by Linda Bond
August 22 - September 16, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
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…
It took me a while to get into this novel. It began with Mari as a disgraced news reporter but it is a while before we are given the facts. I prefer earlier backstory so I can better understand her actions. She was a bit hard for me to like at first. She was too reactionary and lied. She was not methodical in her investigative work. Later, as her personality and history were revealed in more depth, I came to understand her passion and reckless activity.
The strength of this novel for me was the description of the Cuban belief system. The Old World religion was sort of combined with Catholicism to form Santeria. There was a great deal of superstition, rituals and curses, like the evil eye. I appreciated learning about it.
Other than taking a while to get engaged in this novel, I liked it. It is a good one for readers who like a mystery firmly centered in a place with a very influential culture. We are left hanging at the end of this novel so I will be looking for a sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: August 23rd 2022
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 1649372140 (ISBN13: 9781649372147)
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)