In Servitude by Heleen Kist @hkist


Book Description:

Winner of Spotlight at International festival Bloody Scotland 2018 A sister. A crime. A murder?
When Grace McBride’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been drawn into illegal activities at odds with her seemingly charmed existence. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.
Determined to keep her fingers clean and redeem her sister’s reputation, Grace plots to extricate herself–and all those Glory held dear–from the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certitude is challenged when familial pressure mounts and Glory’s past intentions remain unclear. Grace grows convinced Glory’s death was no accident, even if no-one will listen…
Seeking justice, she finds betrayal.
A gripping family drama with a dollop of crime and a hint of humour that will have you turning pages at lightning speed. If you enjoy tense, character-led psychological thrillers like Big Little Lies, the Woman in the Window and Friend Request, this unputdownable suspense novel will leave you shaken long after you’ve finished reading.

My Thoughts:

This story really will make you have a think about how well you actually know your family and friends. When Grace’s sister Glory dies, she realises that there is a lot that she never really knew about her sister.

From the outside, Glory’s life is pretty much an idyllic one. A loving husband, two boys and a thriving cafe. Not all is as it seems though and as Grace gets more involved in her sisters life, the more she unravels.

I really liked Grace. The fact that she is grieving for her sister doesn’t stop her from trying to do her best in her sister’s memory as well as for her two adorable nephews. Realising that a loved one is wrapped up in illegal activity, well I would have gone running for the hills. Not Grace though, I loved how gutsy she is and not afraid to take on the bad guys.

In Servitude is a dark and suspenseful read that draws you in and keeps you there. I was very much invested in what was going on in Grace’s life and the twists and turns as they happened. Hard to believe it’s the authors debut. Very excited to see what she brings us next.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

In Servitude is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).


Author Bio:

Heleen Kist is a Dutch quintilingual Stanford-educated globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. She is a recognised expert in small business
finance and has put this knowledge to good use for her debut novel, In Servitude.
She loves to hear from readers on Facebook @heleenkistauthor, twitter @hkist and through reviews.

8 thoughts on “In Servitude by Heleen Kist @hkist”

  1. Thank you Sarah for investing your precious time in reading my book – I’m delighted you liked it so much and have given it a space on your blog.

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  2. Hello Sarah,

    Thanks for all your great reviews. Actually I buy quite a lot of e-books based on your reviews.

    There’s only one small “problem”. Your affiliate link doesn’t work for the Dutch Amazon site. I can’t buy e-books on I have to use Is it possible to enclose a Dutch affiliate link as well?

    Warm regards,

    Hans van Helvoirt

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    1. Hi Hans, thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately I didn’t have much luck with universal Amazon links as they seemed to stop working after a day so have gone back to using the UK one.


      1. Fijn dat het boek ook in Nederland gelezen wordt (door mensen die niet mijn familie zijn, haha).

        Translations so Sarah knows what’s on her site : Great the book will be read in the Netherlands by someone other than my family

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