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Perfect Kill By Helen Fields

Perfect Kill‘Perfect Kill’ is the sixth book in DI Callanch book series by Helen Fields.

Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim. Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed… DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland. With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…

I have read all of Helen’s books including her courtroom suspense drama and I’ve enjoyed them all, their tense, gruesome and really concentrate on the darker more twisted side of the human nature and her latest book is no different. But for me in all honesty, I found this book to be most unsettling story that I’ve read in a while, so much so that I regularly had to put it down.

The story focuses on the harsh reality of human trafficking as well as human organ harvesting and is seen through the narrative of Bart who finds himself kidnapped and in a strange country, whilst Elenuta has come to Scotland looking for a better life and is captured by a Scottish criminal who sell women for prostitution as well as competing in cruel games where women are pitted against each other to race to safety. As it’s a DI Callanch series, Luc is working in France for Interpol and Ava is working in Scotland, but even though they are in different countries, the sexual chemistry continues to sizzle between the pair of them as they struggle with new feelings for each other.

From the very first scene, this book is an intense and cruel story. The treatment of people particularly women is disturbing, from the sexual, physical to the psychological torment that the women are exposed to for gratification and for money, is truly haunting and to think that the circumstance are realistic to real life, makes the story even more terrible. The story is graphically written and Helen doesn’t hold back with the descriptions of the treatment that all parties are exposed to, including the police.

Although the book is part of a series, it could be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all the books in the series, as DI Callanch and DI Ava Turner are interesting duo, as the handsome and charismatic french man and outspoken Scottish woman.

With a strong plot that is well researched and informative, ‘Perfect Crime’ is a complex and disturbing thriller, that made for gripping reading but is most certainly not for the faint hearted!

You can buy ‘Perfect Kill’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Degrees Of Guilt By HS Fields

Degrees Of Guilt‘Degrees of Guilt’ is HS Fields debut novel.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead. Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate. She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out. You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent. You will be wrong.

I’ve really come to enjoy Helen Fields writing over the years, with her DI Callanach series, so when a new book was released called ‘Degrees Of Guilt’ by Orion Publishing, I was curious to see what this court room drama had to offer. I started reading it on Saturday morning and didn’t put down until it was finished, as it was a bloody brilliant book.

The story is seen from two perspectives. It starts with Maria Bloxham phoning the police to tell them that she has killed her husband. Her husband, Dr Edward Bloxhom is a highly regarded consultant on environmental issues with a huge following, but he survived her attack with life changing injuries and Maria has been charged with attempted murder. The perspective is from Lottie, a young married mother who has been called for jury service on this complex case. She’s looking for more in her life than to be recognised as a mother and wife and finds herself relating to Maria in some ways. But as the story develops and Maria’s life is revealed, the jury finds themselves conflicted with their emotions and morals and unable to agree on their verdicts. It’s within this jury that Lottie meets Cameron, a passionate and outspoken man who brings out a new side in Lottie and has left her questioning the life that she’s currently leading.

Maria was a character that I felt a huge amount of empathy and sympathy towards. A deeply unhappy woman who thought she had found her Prince Charming over twenty years ago and instead was subject to years of emotional and psychological abuse with no one to confide in and reach out to. When she finally thought she was free from his grasp, she felt relief but instead was then subject to intense interrogation questioning her sanity in a crowded court where people are judging her.

There are so many reasons that I enjoyed this book, the story is cleverly weaved with two very different women, one the defendant and the other in the jury but both ultimately looking are for the same things in life. I loved Maria, she’s a strong woman, a voice for the people out there who have been subject to abuse and finally decided this was her time and she didn’t really matter what her future held as long as it didn’t feature Edward.

An addictive story of revenge and justice, ‘Degrees Of Guilt’, is a deeply dark and thrilling story that grips the reader from the very first sentence.

You can buy ‘Degrees Of Guilt’ from Amazon as an ebook and will be available from good bookshops from 5th September 2019.

Perfect Crime By Helen Fields

Perfect Crime‘Perfect Crime’ is the latest book Helen Fields’ DI Luc Callanach series.

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed. As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be. Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…
For me, I found this to be a sad tale as vulnerable people are preyed upon by an evil killer. People who thought they had finally found peace with life are tragically killed.

It’s a great return to DC Callanch and his partner Ava and in this book, we see a shift in the dynamics of the relationship which makes for interesting and humorous reading as the two detectives deal with new, unexpected feelings as well as stay professional.

The brutal killings of the people does make for unsettling reading, especially with knowing the earlier suffering that the victims have already dealt with. As per Helen’s previous, she has delivered another cleverly written and fast paced story that is riddled with drama and suspicious characters, that really keeps the reader on their toes.

With nail biting twists and turns throughout, ‘Perfect Crime’ sees the return of the dramatic duo who are on the countdown to finding the killer before another life is taken. Undoubtedly, one of the best crime series in a while, I can’t wait to see more cases with DI Callanch.

You can buy ‘Perfect Crime’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.