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, 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 disease still rampant, and poverty the greatest threat of all, every decision you make is life or death. Either yours or someone else’s.
Read the first explosive historical thriller from best-selling crime writer of the DI Callanach series, Helen Fields.
These Lost And Broken Things is available in ebook and paperback now. You can pre-order your copy using the link below.
I’m a huge fan of this author’s other books so I was very intrigued to learn she had written an historical book. Once again the author has managed to write a compelling, addictive read which was hard to put down.
Firstly I loved the main character Sophia who seemed a very strong, brave woman who is determined to survive everything life throws at her. The storyline switches between her adult life and her childhood which enables the reader to learn more about her and what makes her tick. Through this we learn about the darker side of her which was quite unexpected and makes the story very interesting.
I found this to be quite fast paced read which kept me firmly gripped to the page. It’s a book where I often had no idea what was happening which made the book hard to put down as I had to keep reading to find out how everything ended. There is a gritty edge to the book as the author doesn’t hold back in telling things exactly as they were so I found some parts of the book quite harrowing to read.
The ending was absolutely brilliant and the final twist took me completely by surprise as I really wasn’t expecting it. I can’t wait to read more historical fiction from this author.
Huge thanks to Kelly from Love Books Tours for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Helen Fields lives in Hampshire with her husband, three children and two dogs. Originally having studied law at UEA, Helen spent thirteen years working as a criminal and family law barrister. She co-owns and runs a media company – Wailing Banshee – with her husband David. Her debut crime novel, Perfect Remains, was released in January 2017 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller. This is a Scottish set detective series, the second book ‘Perfect Prey’ coming out on 27 July 2017. The third book will be released in 2018. Previously Helen had self-published cross-over fantasy books, The Immolation of Eve and The Vengeance of Legion, just to flew her newly forming writing muscles. She enjoyed the process so much that she decided to take it to the net step. As a result she is now represented by Caroline Hardman at the Hardman & Swainson agency, and is published by the Avon imprint of HarperCollins. Helen can be reached via Twitter if you have any questions or comments, on @Helen_Fields. If you really like her, send her liquorice!