When the mutilated bodies of two sex-workers are found in Amsterdam, Chief Inspector, van den Bergen must find a brutal murderer before the red-light district erupts into panic.
Georgina McKenzie is conducting research into pornography among the UK's most violent sex offenders but once van den Bergen calls on her criminology expertise, she is only too happy to come running.
The rising death toll forces George and van den Bergen to navigate the labyrinth worlds of Soho strip-club sleaze and trans-national human trafficking. And with the case growing ever more complicated, George must walk the halls of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, seeking advice from the brilliant serial murderer, Dr Silas Holm.
We are back with Georgina McKenzie again, she is in Cambridge studying for her PhD, she is researching pornography amongst violent sex offenders. Georgina is still in touch with van den Bergen and it is he who calls her back to Amsterdam as he needs her help. The bodies of two sex-workers have been found, their remains are testament to a brutal death and van den Bergen knows he is looking for a dangerous, twisted murderer.
Once again Marnie Riches drops you right into the thick of the action from the very first page. Her story-telling is gritty, exciting and enthralling. The murders are gruesome and the author does not shy away from the details.
The dynamic between Georgina and van den Bergen is explored more in this book, Riches builds the tension beautifully and I was just screaming at them to give into each other and their true feelings.
As with Riches' first book, the pace is fast and there are so many twists and turns; you have to keep your wits about you. There are quite a few characters in this book and at first I couldn't see how they were connected but Marnie Riches subtly brings them together and ties up all of the loose ends.
I felt that we got to know individual members of van den Bergen's team which was very interesting to see how they worked together and who the detective felt he could trust within his team.
The Girl Who Broke the Rules kept me up very late, I got to the end of each chapter and just wanted more. Marnie Riches has created a fantastic series of books and it will be interesting to see what is in store for these characters next.
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