Broken Homes: Rivers of London Review

Broken Homes: Rivers of London (Book 4)

by Ben Aaronovitch

“A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?”

I bought Broken Homes when I bought Moon over Soho and Whispers under Ground, while reading Rivers of London. I knew back then that I wanted to read the whole series. Apart from knowing what happens in in the previous three books, I did not know anything about this book. Previously, I did not feel that you needed to have read the previous books, but for Broken Homes I do feel like you need to have read the rest of the series, as things were not introduced as much as previously done in the other books.

In Broken Homes we catch up with DC Peter Grant about 2-3 months after the events of Whispers under Ground. We get to experience the Spring Equinox by celebrating with the Rivers having a festival on the banks on the Thames. He has multiples cases to try to solve; one of a missing person in Surrey, one of a burnt man in London and then a man jumping in front of a tube.

My three favourite characters are back; main character Peter Grant, Lesley May and Beverly Brook. Thomas Nightingale and Molly are in Broken Homes but still seem to have taken more of a back seat. I loved having all the Rivers back, and having a tree nymph was quite exciting.

I loved the parts at the ‘festival’ and the playground, there were also some points in the second half that I loved as well, which I do not want to ruin. Broken Homes was fantastic, I did not want to put it down when I was reading. It made me sad, happy and tense in all the right places, I did not cry, but I did laugh at a few points and I almost swore near the end, when there was a plot twist that I was totally not expecting! It was as much guesswork as Whispers under Ground had been. Broken Homes is an amazing blend of fantasy and crime fiction.

Broken Homes does have a cliffhanger, this is because we leave Peter and Nightingale at the end of the case, but there is another published book (Foxglove Summer) and book six (The Hanging Tree) is being published later this year.

The way I described this book while reading it was a crime novel with a fantasy twist. I personally cannot find any fault with it and would recommend it to adults due to bad language and sexual content. 5 out of 5.

Broken Homes





  • Characters
  • Storyline
  • First Person Narrative

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