In The Breaker, a young woman is found dead on a beach, along the coast of Southern England. The author skillfully orients the suspicion toward different people connected to the victim, until the final revelation…

The rhythm of the novel follows the pace of the investigators, which increases the suspense element. It always stays focused on the steps taken by the enquiry. At the end of each chapter Walters displays police reports, results of forensics and interviews as they are available to the investigators, introducing a new dynamics in the novel. The characters and suspects are complex enough to get the reader confused and keep him wondering about the outcome.

Walters writes in much more realistic manner than many other mystery writers, unlike many others she didn’t create a recurring inspector: her policemen and policewomen work as a team and the conviction of the murderer is the result of their combined efforts, not the consequence of the sudden inspiration of a thinking genius. In that she is probably much closer to the truth about murder enquiries…

This was my first time reading Minette Walters, and I will definitely give a try to another one of her novels…

Rating: 3/5