Hello, Sunshines, I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; These Lost and Broken Things by Helen Fields. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this astounding book with you all. So grab that cuppa, take a seat and enjoy!
These Lost and Broken Things by Helen Fields
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Wailing Banshee
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 best-selling crime writer Helen Fields’ first explosive historical thriller.
I cannot put into words how much I loved this book, I loved every single moment, from the back blurb I was instantly fascinated but the moment I started reading, those first few pages had me gripped, I went flying through the pages devouring every word with greed. I was hooked like a fish on a line with Sofia and her sad and sorry tale of hardship and turmoil.
I have always been a fan of darker and gritter historical’s add-in that it is set in one of my favourite eras; the late Victorian/Edwardian with a backdrop of the women’s rights movement; the Suffragette’s March. Plus, it really shows just how far a woman will go to protect her children when she has nothing left.
Full disclosure that I hadn’t read anything by Helen Fields before, I have heard so many great things about her work though and I know for a fact that after reading this amazing book, I will be reading more from her – maybe this is the time I started delving back into crime thrillers?
The story opens when Sofia is a mere child of twelve who sneaks away from her camp to play a few rounds of cards, something she is rather good at, even at this young age she is a brilliant card counter. Unfortunately, her plan goes wrong, and in that moment her life changes forever. Faster forward to 1905 where she is happily married to the man she did love, with two little children, lives isn’t perfect but at least she always thought she would have her husband; Tom by her side, until he passes away and she is left destitute facing the dreaded workhouse.
You really get a sense of just how hopeless she sees life to be, she has lost everything but the clothes on her back and her children, but would she still have those if she stepped foot into the workhouse, an awful place of death and decease? She finds herself rescued again by a man who wants more from her than she initially thought, but how far will he push her and what exactly will she do to keep her children safe?
This book really tugs at the heart-strings at times, Sofia is a complex and troubled young woman, she starts of hugely naïve, she is vulnerable and fragile throughout and I suspect there is a serious and deeply ingrained mental health illness something which is lurking just beneath the surface and when it shows itself it is as though Sofia is a completely different person. It is in those moments when her ‘other self’ appears where the story takes a real darker and uglier turn, she isn’t the faithful wife and devoted mother, she is something else altogether. I have to say that her split personality is so brilliantly written, there are some moments where I genuinely felt goose-bumps.
I cannot say a single negative word about this, it has so much to love; gripping, atmospheric and complex storyline. This is captivating and riveting, the writing is flawless, its full of gritty and richly layered detail that will knock your socks off.
This really is an absolutely amazing book, and I can’t wait to read more from Helen Fields.
This was a complimentary copy from the author, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour. Thank you, Helen and Kelly, from Love Books.
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.
Helen can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information or at www.helenfields.co.uk.
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