Aussie Book Review: Shattered Sky by Helene Young

Shattered Sky Helene Young- Shattered Sky

 Format- Paperback

 Source- Self-purchase

 Synopsis: Surviving a missile strike on her aircraft suddenly seems like the easy part for Lauren Bennett. A year after being attacked mid flight, Lauren is sure she’s overcome her guilt at losing a friend in the ensuing crash. Her brittle, glossy veneer doesn’t fool Callam Granger but the naval patrol boat captain knows he’s got no right to an opinion. He wasn’t there when she needed him most and she’s not going to let him forget it. On a routine surveillance assignment Lauren uncovers an operation trafficking sex slaves. Pursuing the women – and their captors – will take her deep into the Australian outback and a reluctant Callam knows this time he can’t let her go alone. Is it possible for Lauren and Callam to put aside old enmities to outwit, outrun and ultimately out-fly the traffickers? Or will the frantic race to free the women simply ignite their emotions, endangering yet more lives?

 Review: Shattered Sky is the loosely based sequel to Helene’s debut novel, Wings of Fear- which I loved! So, I was extremely pleased to finish her second novel with a big smile on my face. This one was just as great!

Shattered Sky= action, drama, romance + outback tropical QLD + strong, feisty heroine. What more could you ask for in an Australian crime fiction novel?

The protagonist, Lauren Bennett is a pilot with Australian customs and stumbles across a sex slave trafficking operation on the shores of North Queensland.

Lauren is still recovering from the loss of her best mate, Gavin who she never admitted she loved until he was gone. Grieving and doused in guilt and regret- the last thing she is looking for is romance. But when Callam Granger comes onto her radar, she realises that she can’t keep her heart locked away forever.

Lauren is a strong heroine and despite her “girly” presence and love of shopping she is also very smart. What I loved about this story is that the author draws out the character from the superficial façade and makes her emotional vulnerabilities and desires apparent and realistic.

Highly recommended read for romance suspence fans who want to delve into an exciting Aussie adventure. I can’t wait for the third book in this series- please hurry up and release it Helene!

5/5 rating

Purchase book @

Fishpond/ Amazon/ Book Depository

See my review for Wings of Fear by Helene Young

Also by Helene Young:

Wings of Fear (Formerly Border Watch)


  • Jayne, I’m so glad you enjoyed Shattered Sky. It’s always a slightly nervous wait when a reader picks up my next book… Thanks for your lovely review!

    Burning Lies will be out in July 2012 and fingers crossed you enjoy it as well.

  • I really do love this series. I do have a problem with the couple of romantic suspense authors in this country writing so slowly! It’s driving me insane when I want the next book!

    I don’t know if you’ve tried Bronwyn Parry, but if you like Helene Young, you should definitely try her books.

    • Hi Sonya, actually i read As Darkness Falls by Bronwyn Parry over the Xmas break and loved it! It was the first title of hers i picked up, so I will definitely pick up more! I’ll have my review up for that book on Thurs 🙂

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