Book Review: Damaged by Martina Cole

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THE new novel from Sunday Times Nº1 bestseller, Martina Cole, sees the return of her iconic heroine DCI Kate Burrows. If you liked The Ladykiller you’ll love Damaged. The ‘undisputed queen of crime writing’ and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina’s unique, powerful storytelling includes Dangerous Lady, The Take, Betrayal and many more.

When the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up, former DCI Kate Burrows is dragged out of retirement.

A new Grantley serial killer is in town and DCI Annie Carr turns to Kate for help. She welcomes the distraction from her home life with former gangster, Patrick Kelly, whose long lost son has turned up out of the blue, bringing trouble with him.

It soon becomes clear the killer is on their doorstep and as the body count grows, Kate and Annie face a race against the clock.

But they have no real leads … and there’s more to these murders than meets the eye. Can Kate take the killer down before another schoolgirl dies?

Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, of which over a dozen have been Nº1 bestsellers. Several of Martina’s novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway. In addition, Two Women and The Graft have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged Dangerous Lady in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina’s debut novel was published.

Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold thirteen million copies.

There is no doubt that her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own – no one writes like Martina.

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