One For Sorrow by Helen Fields @AvonBooksUK @Helen_Fields #OneForSorrow

The new heart-stopping, page-turning crime thriller for 2022

Out 3rd March in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

Book blurb

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 Thoughts

This story opens with a devastating personal tragedy for Ava. It’s simply heartbreaking and you are pulled right into her world of pain.

As a series of deadly bombings occur one thing soon becomes clear those responding to an emergency call will become targets. Can Ava and her team to figure out what’s happening and who the killer is? Given Ava’s personal situation can she cope? Her boss wants her off the case but that’s not going to happen, not if Ava has anything to do with it!

There is a great deal of loss in this story. It’s something that over the past two years many have had to come to terms with under the immensely difficult circumstances posed by the pandemic whether that loss has been due to it or not. This book does not deal with that but it does deal with the loss of people en masse through the bombings and on a very personal level. It is an integral part of the story which is well written and sympathetically dealt with by Helen Field.

A young woman is falling in love, he’s a charmer but not everything is right and when she sees him for what he really is she make’s a decision that will have huge consequences. It will turn her world upside down.

Helen Fields writes with empathy and insight into a world were bad things happen as a result of broken minds, injustice and heartbreak. A world in which Ava understands the desire to take justice into her own hands. Is that really what she’ll do? Will Ava remain on the job? As more bombs are found and the deaths mount will the team catch the bomber?

Tension, anger and fear builds with each bombing. This is a dark story. The investigation needs clear minds, fast responses and courage. Still, there is also love and friendship. The personal situations and issues are important too. They explain, they bring understanding, they bring the characters to life, they engage you in the overarching story and help with why people do the things they do or don’t do.

The Perfect Series is up there with the best of crime fiction. Helen Fields brings us yet another terrific story. Ava and Luc are great characters. In One For Sorrow we also have a cross over with Connie Woolwine, a character from The Shadow Man. I really liked her and would love to see more of her in this and/or her own book(s).

One For Sorrow is a cracking read, heartbreaking, engrossing and the ending, well, it’s going to rip your heart to shreds and leave your mind reeling.

I would absolutely recommend this book and the series to crime fiction lovers and all readers who enjoy well written stories. I can hardly wait for the next in this wonderful series and look forward to reading more from Helen Fields.

Previously read and reviewed : Perfect Remains | Perfect Kill | The Shadow Man

Thanks: Many thanks to the lovely folk at Avon for an exclusive proof copy of One For Sorrow by Helen Fields.


Publisher‏:‎ Avon (3 Mar. 2022)

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Author: Helen Fields’ first love was drama and music. From a very young age she spent all her free time acting and singing until law captured her attention as a career path. She studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. Undertaking cases that ranged from Children Act proceedings and domestic violence injunctions, to large scale drug importation and murder, Helen spent years working with the police, CPS, Social Services, expert witnesses and in Courts Martials.

After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she went on to run Wailing Banshee Ltd, a film production company, acting as script writer and producer.

Helen self-published two fantasy books as a way of testing herself and her writing abilities. She enjoyed the creative process so much that she began writing in a much more disciplined way, and decided to move into the traditional publishing arena through an agent.

Perfect Remains is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Edinburgh and San Francisco are her two favourite cities, and she travels whenever she can.

Beyond writing, she has a passion for theatre and cinema, often boring friends and family with lengthy reviews and critiques. Taking her cue from her children, she has recently taken up karate and indoor sky diving. Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.

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