Bec Shepherd is a malaria researcher struggling to lead a good life. Ritchie, her reprobate brother, is a rock star turned TV producer. When Bec refuses an offer of marriage from a powerful newspaper editor and Ritchie's indiscretions catch up with him, brother and sister are forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal. "The Heart Broke In" is an old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and Internet exposes. From the author of the 'spellbinding'. ("Guardian"), 'quite extraordinary'. (Philip Pullman), 'startlingly original' ("Mail on Sunday") novel, "The People's Act of Love".