Monday, 24 June 2019

One Small Sacrifice

Author: Hilary Davidson
Genre: Suspense
Type: e-book
Series: #1 in the Shadows of New York series
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
First Published: June 1, 2019
Opening Lines: "When he heard the gunshot, Alex Traynor threw himself face-first onto the pavement. He lay as flat as he could, his right leg throbbing from an old bullet would."

Book Description from GoodReads: An apparent suicide. A mysterious disappearance. Did one man get away with murder—twice?

NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex—a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD—got away with murder.

When Alex’s fiancĂ©e, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the center of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them.

But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her whole theory unravels. Everyone involved remembers the night Cori died differently—and the truth about her death could be the key to solving Emily’s disappearance.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

My Review: I came across Hilary Davidson back in 2014 with her book, Blood Always Tells which was an amazing, non-stop suspense read about revenge, murder and deceit. The Suspense novel trifecta.

Now, Davidson is back with the first book in her new series which continues to combine a well-paced, twisty suspense read with an engaging main character in NYPD Detective Sheryn Sterling. Sterling is a strong protagonist (I kept picturing actress Viola Davis) 

who shares narrator duties with Alex Traynor, a man she's convinced murdered a woman years ago.

The stories of these two characters balance nicely with each other making Alex much more of a main character than you'd expect. Sheryn and Alex are both interesting and complex characters who aren't without their flaws, giving them depth and believability. The only thing stopping me from giving a full 5-star review is one scene towards the end that felt too implausible to be believable.

With the addition of several well-placed twists to keep readers guessing and characters readers will connect with, One Small Sacrifice is a compelling, smart, non-stop and unputdownable read that is an impressive start to a new series from an author readers should keep their eye on.

Note: The second book in this series is due out in 2020.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Thomas and Mercer for providing me with a complimentary digital copy, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

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