Book Review

One For Sorrow

One for Sorrow

  • Author: Helen S. Fields
  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2022
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Series: DI Callanach #7

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

CONTENT WARNING: grief, gore, murder, bomb explosions, blood, toxic relationship, mention of rape, stalking, death, suicide

Rating: 5 out of 5.

One for sorrow, two for joy

Edinburgh is gripped by the greatest terror it has ever known. A lone bomber is targeting victims across the city and no one is safe.

Three for a girl, four for a boy

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach face death every day – and not just the deaths of the people being taken hostage by the killer.

Five for silver, six for gold

When it becomes clear that with every tip-off they are walking into a trap designed to kill them too, Ava and Luc know that finding the truth could mean paying the ultimate price.

Seven for a secret never to be told…

But with the threat – and body count – rising daily, and no clue as to who’s behind it, neither Ava nor Luc know whether they will live long enough to tell the tale…

I’ve been hooked on this series ever since I picked up book 4 and then had to read the rest of the books in order. Much like the others in this series, it’s the perfect mix of terrifying suspense, a mystery that grabs hold of my attention and refuses to let go, and characters that are so vividly rendered that I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that they’re real.

Fields cleverly got me hooked into this story immediately, and from the very first chapter, I was forming incorrect assumptions. It’s one of the best things about her books — the way I can see some of the pieces, make some connections, but never quite figure out the whole story until it’s all laid out for me.

Over the course of the previous 6 books, I have gotten attached to most of the characters — Ava, Luc, Natasha, Lively, and Graham to name a few. As expected, they feature into this story as well, and it makes for some witty and sarcastic banter. But there’s also a lot of character development for some of the characters — what happens in this story forces them to grow and reevaluate some things in their lives.

There’s also some interspersed chapters telling a different story from before, but one that relates to the main story, much like in the other books. It was so intriguing to see how the other story develops and ultimately plays a role in the current events. And while Fields commonly kills characters in a variety of ruthless ways, I was absolutely heartbroken at some of the losses in this story. I honestly never saw them coming. Not to mention the CLIFFHANGER that left me shocked and gasping. I know this book hasn’t even been released yet, but I seriously need the next book to come out soon because the cliffhanger was a rough one!

The story is fast-paced, and tension runs through the story at such a high level that I was practically biting my nails for the whole time I was reading. There’s a lot of action, but that isn’t all this book offers. Somehow, there’s humor and romance snuck into this story, as well as an emphasis on the importance of friends who become family. If you haven’t checked this series out yet, what are you waiting for?

People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn’t an upper limit.

Gasp Factor: 10

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