Review: One for Sorrow (D.I. Callanach #7) by Helen Sarah Fields


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon Books UK (March 3, 2022)

From  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…


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I had first picked up this series with book number four, and after reading that one as well as book number five, had decided to take a break from this series. While I found them enjoyable, they just weren't entirely my cup of tea. 

But then I saw the synopsis for this one, and I just KNEW that I had to give this author and this series another chance. 


This book was everything that I felt the others had been missing. It was fast-paced, it was gritty and it held absolutely nothing back, oftentimes coming very close to crossing the line of what people might be comfortable with. 

Told through alternating points of view, it takes a while for the reader to realize that the people involved in the "before" are integral to what is going on in the "now". I enjoyed the way the two storylines were woven together, because, at the end of the day, you were still able to empathize with the killer and what led them to make the choices that they did, all while still being able to condemn them for their heinous crimes.

However, I will say that my one major complaint with this one is the cliff-hanger that it ended on. I was NOT prepared for the way things went down, and I will definitely be picking up the next in the series to see how it plays out in the long run. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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