BOOK REVIEW: One For Sorrow by Helen Fields


Title: One For Sorrow
Author: Helen Fields
Publication: March 3, 2022
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 370


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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…


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Have you ever read a book and simultaneously were mad at yourself for taking so long to read it and infuriated that you even picked it up to begin with? This is where I am after reading One For Sorrow by Helen Fields. Never has a book ever given me more emotions than this, and I read a lot. Let me explain.

I’m late on the review of this book because life and accepting too many review requests got in my way. But I KNEW this book was going to be amazing because I’m a huge fan of Helen Fields. I am an even bigger fan of the D.I. Callanach series she writes. I have the box set of the original 5. I have the 6th and now the 7th will be added to the collection. I love them. But now that I have read it, I almost wish I could go back in time and pause. Because it was bad? No. It was incredible. Hands down the best Mystery/Thriller I have read in a long time and I am a thriller nerd! But this series has taken me on an emotional rollercoaster that has now slammed me into a brick wall and ripped my heart out of my chest at the same time. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so all I will say is prepare yourself. It’s not always a happy ending for all. So much chaos. So much heartbreak. So much hope. I’m going to compare Helen Fields to TV producing Goddess, Shonda Rhimes. Just when you think all is calm and happy and wrapped up nice, she pulls the rug out from underneath you.

One For Sorrow is probably the best in the D.I. Callanach series and they were all phenomenal. This one was jam packed with action from the very first second and so many heart wrenching moments that any lover of this series is going to find difficult. As usual, Luc and Ava are perfection together and separate. Natasha is probably one of my favorite side characters as she pops up at just the right time and has a little comedic flair to her. I have grown to love all the supporting characters like Lively and Graham. I wish this was my friend group in real life. The story never rested. You will probably finding yourself flipping pages faster than you can even read and having to flip back. Not a single dull moment. Not a single aspect I didn’t like. Fields hit mystery/thriller gold with this series and One For Sorrow.

Get a copy. If you haven’t read the series, go and do it. I promise you will not be disappointed. These characters will be ones you love for a long time; books I will recommend over and over again for years and years to come. Helen Fields delivered an epic gut punch with this book in the absolute best way, and I can only hope she will give us more in this series eventually. Please?

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