Post Script: Broken – Vanessa skye

Violence, sex addiction, relationship problems, office politics and crime – this book has it all!


Vanessa Skye

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

ISBN: 9781612132129




A mother is murdered in an apparent robbery.

A young woman is raped and beaten in a home invasion.

Chicago Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond doesn’t believe in random crime and is certain both cases are more than they seem—but can she trust her instincts, or is she too distracted by the feelings she has for former partner and new boss? For Berg, the need for justice burns deep and fills the emptiness where therapy and relationships fall short.

She’s certain the husband knows more than he’s willing to admit, but the trap to catch the killer is the loophole that sets him free.

The rapist is caught and sent to prison, but when Berg gets closer to the family devastated by his depravity, their behaviour doesn’t add up.

As Berg fights to prevent another murder, she crosses the line between hero and villain—and there’s no turning back.

** Vanessa Skye is a journalist and public relations executive from Sydney, Australia, who has always loved a good story. Enthralled with examining the motivations behind people’s actions, Vanessa realized what she really wanted to do in life was combine her love of words with her fascination for human behaviour. Inspired by a recurring dream, Vanessa wrote her crime fiction debut, The Enemy Inside.

My View:

I think my appreciation of the characters and the back story would have been enhanced if I had read the earlier book, The Enemy Inside. There are many references to this earlier work and without this background I think it took me a little while to engage with this narrative. I struggled along piecing together the existing relationships, past misdemeanours and the serious and abusive history of Berg’s childhood and the horrendous events that took place at her workplace before this new chapter in her life begins. I had a lot to catch up on.

However once caught up I found this to be a fast paced, action packed police procedural with plenty to keep me interested. The plot twisted and turned and I feared for the inevitable as Berg’s life  spun out of control and began to disintegrate before my eyes. I must warn the potential reader; this story comes with a lot of graphic sex, explicit language and violence. It is not for the faint hearted.

6 thoughts on “Post Script: Broken – Vanessa skye

  1. Carol – I’m glad you found this an absorbing read, if not exactly for the faint of heart. You’ve highlighted one of the things that can be a real challenge for a series, too. How much information does one include from earlier novels and what does one not include? It’s not easy when you’re writing a series to build from one novel to the next and still welcome new readers at every book. That said though,it’s good to hear you found it worth working all of that past information out.

    • Margot – It was hard work piecing the history together on this one but it is not always so difficult, some authors do it easily and without seeming to make a particular effort to let you you catch up…I have read many episodic novels that read as well as a stand alone.

  2. I think it often depends how much the detective’s life impinges on the case. With some of them it doesn’t much matter what happened in their past because it’s not relevant to the current investigation.

    Thanks for the warning about the language, sex and violence. I’m thinking of abandoning my current read Original Skin by David Mark because of those very things. Sometimes I wonder how writers of a previous generation managed to tell perfectly good stories without resorting to shock tactics…and plenty of writers of this generation can still do it too.

    • I agree with you- sometimes language, violence and sex seems gratuitous or for shock value only- in that case discard away.

      In this book the history is so much a part of the current story…explains the characters current work situation, explains the characters and their relationships…it does not affect the current case but how it is handled.

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