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#BlogTour #BookReview These Lost & Broken Things By Helen Fields @Helen_Fields @Lovebooksgroup #TheseLostandBrokenThings

Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for These Lost & Broken Things By Helen Fields and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Kelly from Love Books Group for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

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Thanks a lot to the publisher –  Wailing Banshee Ltd for the review copy.
ISBN-13: 978-0957124653
Genre: Historical Thriller
Release date: 11 05 2020
Price*: Kindle £2.49 (GBP)/  Paperback £6.05 (GBP)
Kindle $3.25 (USD)/ Paperback $7.87 (USD)
Pages: ~ 293
My rating: 7/10
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: How difficult it was for women in 1905.

Description of the book: Girl. Mother. Assassin. How dangerous is a woman with nothing left to lose?

The year is 1905. London is a playground for the rich and a death trap for the poor. When Sofia Logan’s husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her penniless with two young children, she knows she will do anything to keep them from the workhouse. But can she bring herself to murder? Even if she has done it before…

Emmet Vinsant, a wealthy industrialist, offers Sofia a job in one of his gaming houses. He knows more about Sofia’s past than he has revealed. Brought up as part of a travelling fair, she’s an expert at counting cards and spotting cheats, and Vinsant puts her talents to good use. His demands on her grow until she finds herself with blood on her hands.

Set against the backdrop of the Suffragette protests, with industry-changing the face of the city but the disease still rampant, and poverty the greatest threat of all, every decision you make is life or death. Either yours or someone else’s.

How this book made me feel: I listened to the first book Perfect Remains (review here), and I really loved the writing style, so I was very curious to see, how Helen Fields will be able to adapt her thriller and mystery experience in a historical fiction book, and I was very pleasantly surprised with this novel. 🙂

The protagonist of this book is Sofia Logan, a woman who suddenly lost her husband, and needs to learn how to survive in a very unwelcoming London, especially if you are a woman in 1905, and have two other mouths to feed. This book is told from Sofia’s perspective, and I really liked her as a character. The author is very detailed when it comes to Sofia’s thoughts and experiences, it is a blessing and a curse. 😀 I was able to get to know her better, but at the same time some of her thoughts seemed repetitive, and some of her deeds unnecessary to know about. I really liked the relationships that Sofia had with other characters in this novel, and how each of them played an exciting part in Sofia’s growth and life in general.

The narrative of this book is quite rich historically and detailed when it comes to the murders. It doesn’t have major twists or turns, but I liked the steadiness of the narrative and was interested to see where life will take Sofia. The author is sharing the parts of Sofia’s upbringing and her life when she was a teenager, that I found very absorbing. The topics discussed in this book are gambling, homosexuality, struggle to survive as a woman, mental illnesses, etc. I really liked the research done for this book, the author described the places very beautifully, and it was easy to imagine, that I was walking alongside Sofia during her journey.

I enjoyed the writing style, it is a very well written historical thriller, where it shows how a female assassin is created. The chapters were pretty long for my liking, and the lack of conversations made it a little boring at times. I have to warn the readers, that the murders in this book are quite graphic, and it is not very suitable to sensitive readers. I really liked the ending of this novel, it rounded up the story nicely and left me very satisfied with the outcome.

So, to conclude, it was something different and I liked getting lost in Sofia’s world and her thoughts. The plot could’ve had a little more pace, but it was absorbing nevertheless. If you are looking for something different in historical thrillers, I would recommend giving this book a go. A female serial killer in 1905… Intrigued yet? I hope you will like it as much as I did. ❤

Thank You for Your time! ❤

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71TW7e8Z4NL._US230_ (1)About the author: An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. Her next book, the sixth in the series, ‘Perfect Kill’ is due out on 6 February 2020. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and last year released legal thriller ‘Degrees of Guilt’. Her previous audiobook ‘Perfect Crime’ knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. Translated into 15 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen’s books have won global recognition. Her first historical thriller ‘These Lost & Broken Things’ comes out in May 2020. A further standalone thriller published by HarperCollins will come soon. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Twitter @Helen_Fields / Website: http://www.helenfields.co.uk.

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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