BLOG TOUR: The Broken by Casey Kelleher (Byrne #2)

Synopsis: They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.

But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.

Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.

Especially her own family.

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: Having read The Betrayed, this is a direct follow-up featuring the Byrne family. I have seen that people say they hadn’t read the first book and still got into it, but I would definitely recommend reading that book first and you then get a real feel for the family and its history. Also, as a note if you haven’t read the first one and plan on doing so it may not be wise to read this review as it will inevitably contain spoilers.

Jimmy Byrne was a face and now that he has been gunned down, it falls on the shoulders of his daughter Nancy to take the lead. Nancy’s brother Daniel is not a happy bunny to say the least and this causes huge conflict within the family. It was pretty clear from early on that Daniel is one of those characters you just love to hate as a reader. It seems like on the surface things are falling apart with Jimmy’s partner Alex seemingly losing the plot and the workers up in arms with what happens next.

The book takes us on Nancy’s journey as she tries to take the business and get it back on track even with all the problems she is facing. There is certainly a lot going on in this latest book and to be honest the writing was seamless and the pace excellent making for a book you didn’t really want to walk away from for too long. I found myself reading it in two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed each and every chapter. There are however some unanswered questions which I assume will be addressed in the next book! As much as I loved this book, it wasn’t on of my favourites hence the 4 star and not 5, but that’s me being ultra critical. Another belter from the lovely Casey and I will certainly look forward to the next book!

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