Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes

By Ben Aaronovitch

  • Release Date: 2013-07-25
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 263 Ratings
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Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

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 an 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?

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.


  • Tis magic!

    By Tweeknight
    As usual Ben Aaronvitch has created an amazing story, a lovely mix of fantasy,humour and even reality. Peter Grant is proving to be a very interesting and likeable hero...and the twist at the end was....magical....Long may the series continue!
  • Great Book

    By Blaze away
    Really enjoyed this book which continued to develop the series, can't wait until the next instalment
  • A merry dance.

    By Eastryjeep
    Another enjoyable tale with such an unexpected twist the reader is left hanging!
  • Splendid

    By AlsoKnownAsFay
    After ploughing grimly through Benedict Jacka's lacklustre urban fantasy Fated, it was an absolute JOY to relax into Aaronovitch's effortlessly funny, intelligent prose. Peter's voice is distinctive and confident, the world-building detailed, rich and wholly convincing, and the developments of characters & relationships across the series are understated and utterly plausible. I cannot wait for the next book in the series - this isn't PRECISELY a cliffhanger, but my jaw definitely dropped. Come on, TV companies: time to start making the Peter Grant novels into telly.
  • Poor book

    By True_Villain
    After reading and enjoying the previous three books in the series, I was disappointed to read Broken homes. The plot was lacking, it dragged and felt as though nothing happened until the end, I have to agree with other reviews this felt like a filler book and not a good one at that!! Very disappointed and seriously questioning reading his next book.
  • Ok, bit of a let down

    By Veggie Samurai
    I'm a massive fan of this series and couldn't wait for this to be released, but this book never gets going. In fact, like other reviews have said, it's a slow description of London and architecture which feels like a preview to the next in the series. Considering it cost over £7 for what feels like the third of a book, it's a disappointing and short read. Gutted.
  • Great book

    By Egoups
    Great reading as usual, and enjoyed the twist but finished a bit abruptly leaving you wanting more. As enjoyable as his other three books.
  • Don't bother

    By Sarah40011
    The reason I say don't bother is because the author couldn't be bothered finishing the book so why should anyone else. Great book until the end where they obviously got bored and just stopped writing. There were loads more avenues the writer could have taken so it doesn't seem to be a case of running out of story. A real let down. Unless I'm missing something and this is part 1 ...
  • Good but....

    By bern5
    Another very readable addition to the series and good to get a bit more of the back story but does feel a little bit like a filler-setting up the next book.
  • Disappointing

    By Rev Pat
    This is the weakest book in the series so far, the ending which I won't give away felt like the story merely existed to set up the next book. There was a lack of narrative drive, as well as less of a sense of the story being told in a recognisable London. Given how much I was looking forwards to Broken homes, this was a disappointment.