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When one falls

Crime reporter Mari Alvarez was never able to solve her mother’s murder ten years ago. But when a woman is gunned down on the doorstep of her West Tampa neighborhood, Mari can’t shake the eerie sense of connection.

The others will break

Now there have been two murders in two days. Each crime scene awash with arcane clues―and without a trace of DNA from the killer. And for each victim, a doll. The first is missing an eye. The second is missing a heart. But are these clues leading to the killer…or messages for Mari?

Unless she plays the game...

Caught up in a maelstrom of Old-World superstition, secrets, and ties to her own past, Mari has only one option. Put the puzzle together before someone else dies―even if it destroys her career. But there’s no escaping the hungry spider’s web when it’s been made just for you…

368 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published August 23, 2022

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Linda Hurtado Bond

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Author Linda Hurtado Bond is an Emmy award winning TV news anchor and an author of romantic thrillers.

She’s worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa Florida. For the past twenty years, she’s shared important information with viewers on the latest medical breakthroughs and has written emotional, human-interest stories on those who have the courage and spirit to fight for their lives.

She writes every day, under deadline, but has always loved losing herself in a good fiction story. Her love for writing fiction actually started in high school, but a thriving, busy professional life, along with five kids ( 2 step-kids, an adopted son from Cuba and 2 daughters ) kept her busy for many years.

Entangled Publishing released three romantic adventures Alive at 5, Cuba Undercover and Flatline. Think James Bond meets Romancing the Stone. Cuba Undercover is based on her own true life love story.

She has received numerous writing awards for Alive at 5 , Flatline and Cuba Undercover.

Her latest book, All the Broken Girls, releasing in 2022, features two Cuban American characters and a deep dive into Cuban American culture.

Linda has won 13 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards, Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar award and an Edward R. Murrow award.

This former baton-twirling beauty queen from The University of Georgia, now lives in Tampa Florida with her husband and kids.

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Profile Image for MicheleReader.
746 reviews130 followers
September 9, 2022
Mari Alvarez is a local television crime reporter. She's back to work after being suspended and has to cover soft new stories before she gets her crime beat back. She has to be on her best behavior. While heading out to Busch Gardens for a human-interest story, Mari stumbles upon a gruesome crime scene in her West Tampa neighborhood. The murder of a woman has eerie similarities to her own mother's unsolved murder ten years ago. As the killings continue, Mari is compelled to do her own investigation knowing that it will put her job and perhaps even her life in jeopardy. She is determined to help all the broken girls left behind as she is one of them.

Author Linda Hurtado Bond is, by day, the news anchor for Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida. This entertaining thriller shows that Hurtado Bond clearly knows the world of Mari. All the Broken Girls was an interesting and satisfying mystery. I found the look into Cuban American culture especially appealing - from the azabache charm given to her by her Abuela Bonita to the Old-World superstitions that are practiced. Check this one out.

Many thanks to the author and Entangled / Amara for the advance copy.

Review posted on MicheleReader.com.
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1,895 reviews127 followers
August 23, 2022
#1 – Florida…Any books that take place in Florida garner my attention.
#2 – The Title…It reeks of suspense and badness.

All The Broken Girls is my first book by Linda Hurtado Bond, but I will have my eye on her from here on out. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop.

Crime reporter Mari Alvarez is coming back to work after her suspension. Her serial killer story brought a law suit against the station. Her first call out, she arrives at a murder scene and all she wants to do is go to the two girls that have been broken. Someone dear to them had been taken away. She wanted to tell them everything would be okay, but that is not always the case. She can relate to them, because she had lost her mother and the case was never solved.

I love the element of Santeria, and the fact that she is an empath. She had given her azabache charm to one of the girls in hopes that the blessing will pass to her. It was an impulsive act, but she felt the girl needed it more than she did. I wonder what it will mean for Mari. Is she no longer protected?

Linda Hurtado Bond did a great job of sharing Cuban life, the food and customs. She made the Santeria religion shine with light, not darkness, though any religion can be twisted and used against someone and Mari has a feeling…if she doesn’t figure out what is going on, someone she loves will die. She feels the Evil Eye watching her.

I love serial killers, I mean I love reading about them, studying them, trying to figure out what goes on in their heads. I love vigilante stories, the innocent making things right in the only way they can.

The writing and pacing kept me flipping pages. Linda Hurtado Bond managed to throw some twists and turns my way and I definitely will be on the lookout for more of her work.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of All The Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond.

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862 reviews104 followers
July 3, 2022
I fell in love with the cover of Linda Hurtado Bond's novel All the Broken Girls. It is colorful and draws you to the book. This is my first experience reading the author's work. The plot is interesting and includes Santeria, a Cuban religion that is fascinating to learn about.

Mari Alvarez's mother was murdered ten years ago. The unsolved murder still haunts Mari who is now working as a crime reporter. There are suddenly new murders happening with clues that Mari can't ignore. Could these cryptic clues be a personal message to Mari?

All the Broken Girls is intriguing and will be a hit for fans of "Old-World superstitions". The book's audience will be taken by the story and well written portrayal of Cuban heritage. The ending requires suspension of belief, but overall the book is a satisfying mystery with black magic vibes.

All the Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond is available on August 23rd.

Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC. (Entangled Amara), for allowing me to review this book. Your kindness is appreciated.
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1,379 reviews141 followers
August 3, 2022
All the Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond. Thanks to @entangledpublishing for the gifted book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crime journalist Mari Alvarez never was able to solve her mother’s murder. Now a similar murder has occurred and she feels they are connected.

So many readers are into investigative novels, so I think this one will be a big hit. If you’re into murder investigations, this will be a good one. That is not a huge thing of mine but I did like the uniqueness of this one and how it got into Santeria. That part was interesting to me and I enjoyed the characters as well.

“After trauma like this, if you don’t talk to someone, the memory will eat you from the inside out.”

All the Broken Girls comes out 8/23.
Profile Image for Maren’s Reads.
543 reviews909 followers
October 5, 2022
Summary: When veteran journalist Mari Alvarez’s mother was murdered ten years prior, she, nor the police were able to solve the case. Now, fresh off a suspension for accusing a government official of a horrific sex crime, Mari once again finds herself in the middle of a criminal investigation. This time, however, there are multiple victims and it appears the killer is playing a game only Mari can get to the bottom of.

Thoughts: Having never read a book from this author before, and being knee deep in the dreaded book slump, I was unsure whether I would be able to finish this book and also enjoy it. After reading it in only a few hours, I can safely say it’s a very quick read and perfect for binging. Take that you miserable book slump!

I loved learning about Mari’s Cuban heritage, as well as the different religious sects and old world superstitions they follow. Although set in Florida, the large Cuban community this book centers around allowed me to transport to a world I wasn’t as familiar with. I loved the way Hurtado Bond weaves in bits of Spanish throughout the book and found it helped bring the characters and the story to life that much more.

When I read police procedurals, I prefer an added element of romance, whether between partners, opposite ends of the justice system, or journalist and detective. This book includes that great romantic subplot, without taking away from the overall storyline or genre. It is a thriller thru and thru, but with an added layer of tension and drama only romance can create.

If you are looking for a quick, fast paced thriller this spooky season, or a book to dive into in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, definitely give this one a try.

Read if you like:
• Serial killer plot lines
• romance subplots
• domestic suspense
• Cuban heritage rep
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1,298 reviews69 followers
June 14, 2022
I’m not much of a fan of books featuring the ‘plucky girl reporter’, but I have to tell you…I loved this!

Honestly, I loved everything about this. I loved our main character. I loved her caliente new cop frenemy. And I loved the story.

This is a chilling and suspenseful story set against a background of Cuban culture mixed with weird Florida and I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t want to stop reading.

This was my first book from the author and I’ll be reading more and more from her in the future!

*ARC via Publisher

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1,313 reviews181 followers
September 15, 2022
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Linda Hurtado Bond is a new to me author and one whom I would definitely read again. Two things prompted me to pick up All the Broken Girls, the title and the synopsis. I have no regrets. All the Broken Girls delivered a chilling and suspenseful tale set against the background of the Floridian landscape and rich in Cuban culture and religion.

In All the Broken Girls, we meet crime reporter Mari Alvarez. At the beginning of the story Mari returns to work fresh off a suspension. However, instead of covering the crime beat, her boss relegated her to cover soft issues. She accepted her new assignment reluctantly, but what choice does she have? She either accepted it or lose her job permanently and that was not an option. While heading out to cover a human interest story, she received information about a crime scene. Against her boss’s wishes, she turned up at the crime scene. While there, she recognised the scene bore similarities to her mother’s murder, which occurred ten years ago. Despite the risk of losing her job, she knew she needed to learn the truth behind this murder and that of her mother’s. Will she find the answers before the killer strikes again?

This book is every crime fiction reader’s delight. It possessed all the elements to keep the reader flipping the pages. An evenly paced tale filled with suspense, mystery, betrayal, twists and shocking revelations.

I enjoyed getting to know Mari. Her determination and her desire to fight for the victims contributed to her being a top-notch crime reporter. However, there were moments when these traits led to her acting recklessly in her pursuit of finding the truth.

The story had no romance, however, the chemistry between Mari and the Detective Antonio Garcia could not be denied. It would have been nice if they were given the chance to explore their feelings for each other.

I had a fascinating time learning about Santeria, a Cuban religion steeped in African culture. The murders and Mari’s beliefs centered on this religion. Another note of interest was the killer’s motive, revenge and the belief justice was being served. The takeaway from all of this was ‘Does it matter how justice is served if it’s deserved?" It was interesting following the clues and trying to figure out the killer’s identity. This was not an easy one to solve because of the many suspects who all had motive and opportunity.

The manner in which the story ended suggests hints at the possibility of another book. It would be nice to revisit Mari’s world. All the Broken Girls is a must read for fans of crime fiction. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading
Profile Image for Jessica.
808 reviews106 followers
September 1, 2022
After reading crime fiction for years, you discover there are styles and tropes that work more for you as a reader than others. One thing I’ve come to love over the years is when an author chooses to tell their story through a journalist or reporter. While I love a good detective-led story, those with reporter narrators add an extra bit of outsider insight that I find lets me connect more with the plot. Bond takes this route with our main character, Mari, who has a lot of baggage and drama that ties her closer and closer to our killer. I loved Mari’s character and all of the secondary characters that Bond chose to add to her story. They each had just the right amount of depth to them no matter how large or small their role in the book. 

Bond’s use of cold cases mixed with present day crimes was one of my favorite aspects to this story because it allowed for the reader to learn more about the community and the killer’s motives. In addition to crimes that caught your attention and pulled on your heart strings, Bond infuses a wide array of Cuban American culture and history into her story. I loved learning about all of the religious and Santeria details from the cases and our cast of characters. 

ALL THE BROKEN GIRLS gave me all the feels of a well-loved crime fiction TV show with drama, heart, and mystery filling the pages.

A huge thank you to TLC Book Tours and Entangled Publishing for my gifted copy!
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362 reviews42 followers
August 24, 2022
Just from seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I wanted to read this book. It has many things on my list for a good book (suspense, serial killer story, a new culture for me, great characters...)
I was gripped from the start till the very end.
I enjoyed reading and learning about Cuban culture, and the Cuban religion Santeria described here. The story about the reporter investigating a serial killer was great, The characters were wonderfully built. This is the first book by this author for me, but definitely not the last.
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1,496 reviews24 followers
August 23, 2022
Santería is a large part of this story and I have to admit I was confused with a lot of the terminology.

The story was super suspenseful and fast paced. Marisol was a crime reporter. She’s been demoted but it’s still in her blood and she can’t help but still investigate.

The backstory was an integral part of what was happening. The ending was left open for more to come.

Broken girls blossom into warriors. Be a warrior, Marisol. Be a warrior.

Overall I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to reading more from this talented author.
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626 reviews17 followers
July 4, 2022
This was a mixed bag for me, it started strong but lagged in a few parts and could have easily been tightened up to make it a stronger story. A gutsy crime reporter searches for the connection between current crimes and past crimes, including the murder of her mother. It explores complicated family relationship, Cuban american culture, revenge vs justice, Santeria and a possible romance. I cared about the main character and her empathy for other broken girls and would try again with this writer
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3,063 reviews1,756 followers
September 7, 2022
Favorite Quotes:

Lately, walking in and out of these meetings feels like walking across fire. Barefoot. Under a full moon with howling wolves watching.

In my darkest hours, I dreamed of finding my mother’s killer and shooting him or her. Right in the chest, like they’d murdered my mamá. An eye for an eye. And in those dreams, I never felt remorse. The lack of any guilt, that’s what woke me up those nights, gasping for air, gripping the sheets, sweating. It wasn’t that I’d killed, it was my fear someone would sense this darkness in me. And tell the world. Or incarcerate me forever because of it.

I usually don’t trust people. The reporter in me is a natural skeptic. But my heart is stretching, like fingers, reaching out to connect with this woman.

I want to look away, because this vulnerability is a coat I don’t like to wear. It’s hot and uncomfortable.

I exhale, thankful I let the right words fly while the real words stayed inside my head. Isn’t that what life is? A constant struggle with ourselves?

My Review:

This was a tense, angsty, and gripping read that kept me on edge. The storylines were laced together with heinous crimes, the main character’s prominent OCD traits, tons of family drama, loads of unfamiliar Cuban cultural issues, and the oddly mysterious practices of Santeria which are mingled with Catholic rhetoric, a practice and belief system I confess to being grossly ignorant of. The story progressed slowly and I often wanted to give a kick in the pants to the deeply flawed main protagonist for being so prickly, arrogant, and obstinate. But of course, I am a total delight 24/7.
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323 reviews11 followers
August 29, 2022
I have absolutely found my new favorite author in Linda Hurtado Bond. As soon as I read the first chapter of this book, I knew I'd be obsessed with this story. I was so excited this story took place in Tampa, since I live relatively close. All the broken girls is a police procedural thriller and what a wild ride it was.

We meet our feisty and smart protagonist Mari Alvarez and she is a crime reporter. Having the ability to have access to her resources, it helps her solve, report and investigate crime scenes. Mari does have unfinished business, her mother was murdered ten years ago and she definitely hasn't found closure. One evening a terrible crime occurs in a near by neighborhood and she can't shake the feeling as to how similar it is to what happened to her mother. Returning from her leave she is asked to cover a seemingly boring story in Bush Gardens. Fate had other plans and she is thrown into a case of family secrets, unsolved mysteries and superstition.

I loved our main character Mari, she was determined, brave and full of heart and of course she won't let anyone get her down. I loved the Law and Order references and just how fast paced the book was. Absolutely will recommend this book to anyone looking for an incredible thriller. Not only the story was full of suspense and intrigue, the cast of characters was a fresh of breath air.
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Author 30 books707 followers
August 21, 2022
All the Broken Girls left me coasting on neutral. I didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

I couldn’t connect with Mari, our main character. Her personality is abrasive, and she’s absolutely not someone I’d want to hang out with. None of the other characters are well developed.

The plot is interesting and complex. I enjoyed the incorporation of Santeria and Spanish customs.

Pacing is erratic, with a lot of backstory incorporated around the more urgent scenes.

While there’s no mention of this being the first in a series, we get to the end of this 400-page book only to find a cliffhanger. Or maybe it’s an open-ended non-ending. Either way, I didn’t like the wrapup.

*I received an eARC from the publisher, via NetGalley.*
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476 reviews3 followers
August 28, 2023
Mari was never able to solve her mother's murder but when a woman is gunned down in her neighborhood, she can't shake the feeling that there is a connection. Unfortunately, each crime scene is without DNA from the killer but for each victim, a doll. Are clues leading her to the killer or are they messages for her? She must put the puzzle together before someone else dies.

All the Broken Girls was a quick read. My favorite part of this book was definitely the old-world superstition, it really just gave me the creeps but in a good way. Santeria takes on a big role in this book, so I found it even more intriguing than a typical crime story, and it was unique for me. I found Mary to be likable and the Law and Order references were quite the delight! This was a book club pick, and I was pleasantly surprised! If you enjoy crime books and want to mix it up with a little Santeria, pick this one up and give it a read.

Happy reading!
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21 reviews23 followers
August 12, 2022

I highly enjoyed this! Entangled publishing sent an ARC paperback of this new adult mystery/thriller book, thank you! Told in first person, one POV, Marisol—or rather Mari is a TV crime news reporter that was suspended after covering a story that wrongfully accused a man of being a serial killer and got her news station sued. When she returns to work, a string of murders start occurring that she believes are connected to past crimes, including her mother’s murder which happened 10 years ago. This novel is filled with mystery and revelations that want to keep you reading! It explores Cuban American culture and Santeria, which I will say the terminology was a bit difficult to understand at times. There was also a lot of talk of superstitions so I can see how this book wouldn’t work for a few people. A big question in the book was “Does it matter how justice is served if it’s deserved?” That really gets you thinking. As someone who is studying journalism, I truly did love this book! Mix in mystery with reporting, perfect!

Mari was such a great character that worked hard to prove herself right and wanted to find justice for the “broken girls.” Although not categorized as romance, there was minimal romance integrated into the story, which I loved! Detective Garcia and Mari made a killer pair! ;) He was very protective of her and was the one person who believed her. The story flowed pretty well and I think was easy enough to understand all the revelations! At about 75%, I think it was easy to catch on to who the killer was and it totally made sense! The story ended on a possible continuation, I would love to read a sequel!

All the Broken Girls releases 8/23.
Profile Image for Susan.
2,840 reviews
August 29, 2022
It's Florida and Mari is just back from a suspension from her job as a crime reporter when she can't resist getting involved in another murder investigation. I really enjoyed the solid story that combined the Cuban culture, Catholicism, Santeria, and the strong bonds of family. At points I felt like Mari and some of the other characters were caricatures in a tele novella, like her Abuela who is either cooking or praying, the police detective with his over expressive eye brows, and Mari's abundant exclaiming of "Carajol." It felt like some of the Cuban ethnicity was being artificially added to the story. But by about halfway through the book, I was used to it or it was tamed down, and I started to really enjoy the mystery. Mari and Detective Garcia might even make for a good series!

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for a copy of the book. This review is my own opinion.
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545 reviews18 followers
August 16, 2022
As a fellow Latina, I really enjoyed the focus on Cuban heritage and sprinkles of Spanish. I liked how easily the story flowed while still keeping me fully entertained from start to finish. Loved Marisol’s fiery attitude and though the tension between her and Garcia was great. The accuracy in how the Latinx community interacts with each other was great. With an incredible plot twist and an ending that left me gasping, this was a chilling, fast paced ride with awesome cultural representation. *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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3,728 reviews74 followers
August 20, 2022
All the Unbroken Girls features Mari, who has something to prove. She has some demons to battle, but is intent on getting the story and solving the crimes.
It was an ok read. It took me a long time to get into the story. The narrative was a bit sluggish. Somehow the overall story just failed to grab me.
Thanks to Entangled and NetGalley for the early copy.
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3,669 reviews87 followers
September 18, 2022
All the Broken Girls is a fairly straight forward and slow burn mystery. It did keep me guessing. I liked the multiple suspects aspect because I ended up just going along for that ride with Mari instead of trying to figure it out myself. It was not obvious as to what was really going on. I enjoyed the main character Mari. While she could be frustrating, I thought she was a smart investigative journalist who wasn't given enough credit. I would like to see where her relationship with Tony goes. The only thing that I didn't like was there were a few times I felt like I was missing back story. Maybe some information could have been introduced sooner in the book. The ending leaves things open for a sequel. I'll probably read it to find out what happens with that storyline. I do recommend this one.
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975 reviews41 followers
May 18, 2022
Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the copy of All The Broken Girls.
Wow this was a great book! The elements of Santeria that were woven into the story were intriguing and informative. I loved Mari and was drawn into the story from the beginning. I hope Mari, Tony, and Orlando come back for a sequel because now I am fully invested in them. I don’t usually love books written in the first person, but Mari had such a great voice and I loved her point of view. This was a new author for me, but if this book is any indication, I will read her previous books and every one in the future!
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1,139 reviews76 followers
July 4, 2022
Santeria..This Cuban African religion is what enticed me at first to want to read this story. I have been fortunate to visit Cuba twice, and during the course of my trips visit Santeria museums and visit a practitioner of the religion. At the front entrance to her house was a bowl of chicken feathers and further up the stairs a huge shrine dedicated to her Orisha and her corresponding Catholic saint. She ended up performing a ceremony and discovering who my Orisha was as well. So, it was with great interest that I found this religious observance the netting that holds this book together, making it different from other mysteries. The book focuses on a Cuban-American reporter, Maria Alvarez, who recently suspended from her job as a crime reporter, observes a murder in her neighborhood that is similar to her own mother's death years ago. Golden coins on the eye and broken dolls make her suspect that Santeria and foul play are at hand. She becomes determined to follow through and uncover who did this. She becomes tentatively friendly with a detective and they strike up a simmering relationship that adds a bit of romantic spice to the novel. Men in black hoodies are viewed as more murders crop up, leading her to connect dots that seem to be pointing her to the real killers. Lots of strands of the plot line tied together seamlessly and flew with action leading to a nail biting end.The message the author wants us to ponder, "How far will someone go for justice. Does it matter how justice is served if it's deserved?"
However, I did have trouble with the simplistic sentences and some dialogue that I felt didn't ring true. Yet, I breezed through the book, making it a good beach read or plane ride.

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for granting an ARC in return for an honest review.
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82 reviews7 followers
September 22, 2022
I just love a good crime fighting quirky reporter/hot cop duo and Mari Alvaraz, a crime beat reporter and Detective Antonio Garcia have great chemistry. Crime readers will be captivated by their charm and the rich superstition laden Cuban Santeria culture.

All The Broken Girls revolves around Crime Beat Reporter Mari who has just returned from suspension for reporting a story about a local politician. Upon returning her boss immediately puts her on all of the fluff pieces about baby sloths and other easy lifestyle stories. Reluctantly on the way to her first story location she comes upon a murder crime scene that feels all too familiar. It strongly resembles her own mother's murder from 10 years prior. Risking her job, she begins investigating the murder and it begins to feel very personal. When there have been 2 murders in 2 days with creepy Broken dolls left at the scene Mari works with Detective Garcia to solve the crime and risks her career, family and own life in the process.

I really loved Mari and how strong-willed and caring she is. She practices the Cuban Santeria religion which is steeped in superstition and has African roots. I loved this aspect of the story and I really want a azabache evil eye bracelet after reading this book as well. Author Linda Hurtado Bond writes from experience as a News Anchor for Fox 13 in Tampa, FL and it shows in her work. Crime readers don't miss out on this great read!

A special thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for my complimentary ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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94 reviews25 followers
July 10, 2022
Thank you to Entangled Publishing and author Linda Hurtado Bond for my gifted copy of “All the Broken Girls,” which comes out 8/23.

This a classic whodunnit wrapped in a family saga — with a romance storyline thrown in for good measure! Local TV news reporter Mari is struggling. She’s been taken off the crime beat — just as a murder scene in West Tampa is reminiscent of her own mother’s killing 10 years ago. Mari sets off to to find the killer, seeking justice for not only her own family but the bereaved daughters of the most recent victim.

This book is also a history and culture lesson, introducing readers to Cuban-American culture as well as Santeria, a Cuban-African religion. The West Tampa and Ybor City settings make for an atmospheric read, and readers in the Tampa Bay area will enjoy seeing their city take center stage.

The author is a local news anchor and the book brings readers right into the pressure cooker of a newsroom, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the sausage is made. The book builds to a perfect climax while also leaving the door open for a potential sequel.
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447 reviews46 followers
August 5, 2022
Mari Alvarez, crime reporter, lost her mother ten years ago. When she comes across another murder, she can’t shake the feeling that the current murder and her mother’s murder are some how connected. Within in a day there is another murder. Each murder leaves behind clues, no DNA, and a doll missing a body part – but are these clues about the murderer or are they messages for Mari? Using her upbringing and beliefs, Mari tries to put the clues together before someone else dies, even if that means losing her job.

Wow. That is exactly how I felt while reading this book and after finishing this book. Bond never gives the reader a second to breathe! In this action-packed thriller, the mystery is constant, leaving you on the edge of your seat. Not one thing felt rushed; I was along for the ride with Mari. The character development is like none other; I understood these characters and felt these characters feelings. Honestly, I was a little sad when the book ended! I would love for this to be a series as I want to continue these characters’ journeys. This is absolutely one of the best books of 2022.
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1,888 reviews29 followers
August 26, 2022
Many thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for gifting me a digital ARC of this thriller by Linda Hurtado Bond - 4.5 stars!

Mari is the crime story reporter for the local news radio, now disgraced because her story accusing a councilperson of murder. Mari's own mother was murdered years ago and the killer never brought to justice. So when murders happen in her Tampa neighborhood that seem connected, she can't stop investigating, even when it gets her in more trouble from her boss. But work troubles aren't the only problem facing Mari - are the clues the killer is leaving targeting her?

Author Linda Hortado Bond is a news anchor for a Tampa station, so she definitely writes what she knows! This was a well-written, tense thriller with plenty of suspects and twists to keep you turning the pages. I also was very intrigued with the Cuban culture, religious beliefs, food and traditions that were key to this story. This is the first book I've read by this author but I'm ready for more!
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510 reviews23 followers
September 2, 2022
This is my first but won’t be my last book by Linda Hurtado Bond. I loved this twisty tale! I found this book to be a slow burn filled with family drama. Full of twists and turns, the pace kept me engaged and longing for more. I learned a lot about Cuban culture and Santeria specifically, this gave the story depth and introduced an international flair. I am a huge fan of investigative journalism combined with romantic suspense. This book was difficult for me to put down, I kept wanting more! The cast of characters are brilliantly written and realistic. I love their depth and would love to see this become a series. I highly recommend and will be anxiously more from this author!

I received an advance review copy for free am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Linda Hurtado Bond, Entangled Publishing, and Partners In Crime Tours. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.
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1,566 reviews29 followers
August 24, 2022
New to me author, Linda Hurtado Bond wrote a compelling story following Marisol who is a tv reporter and is determined to save all of the broken girls.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning more of the Santería and Cuban culture in the book. I’m not familiar with all of it so it was interesting reading more about, el ojo.
The investigation and love interest kept me engaged till the very end.
Perfect for lovers of romantic suspense and investigative journalism.

✨Special thanks to Entangled Published for the gifted arc.

✨Favorite quotes:

“Girl, I love being your secret source. It makes me feel naughty.”

“Sometimes our desire for revenge blinds us to the real evil.”
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307 reviews43 followers
September 8, 2022
A reporter digging into some really disturbing murders while also solving her mother's cold case? Nothing new.

Sprinkling that trope with Cuban culture, old wold superstitions and LOTS of Santaria is ALL THE BROKEN GIRLS by Linda Hurtado Bond.

While this surrounds crime reporter Mari Alvarez's investigation, it had aspects of a police procedural. I loved that this one is set in FL, such a breath of fresh air for me. And while there were a lot of references to Cuban culture and Santaria that it at first made my head spin. I really enjoyed learning about it.

Mashups: CSI: Miami, a police procedural and Voodoo.
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