One For Sorrow by Sarah A. Denzil @sarahdenzil

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Book Description:

Who really killed Maisie Earnshaw?

Within the walls of the high-security psychiatric facility, Crowmont Hospital, reside many violent offenders. To nurse Leah Smith, no matter what, all offenders are patients first and foremost. When Leah is appointed as nurse to Isabel Fielding, she is determined to remain professional despite the shocking crime Isabel allegedly committed in her past.

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found face down in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel–at age fourteen, found covered in Maisie’s blood–was convicted of murder.

As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she’s not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent too.

But is Leah letting her own dark past taint her judgement as she grows closer to her patient? Or has a young woman been unjustly robbed of her childhood?

My Thoughts:

After hearing so many great things about this author from fellow readers, I knew I had to take the plunge and give her books a go. What a book to start off with as well!

The whole setting for this story was just genius. Having lived in Rotherham for a number of years, I knew the area as well as surrounding one quite well so loved that it was set somewhere I knew personally. Not that you will really recognise the cottage that Leah and her brother find themselves living in or the hospital that Leah works in. Well I didn’t anyway. It just added an eeriness to the story though which I loved.

The story really ticks so many boxes, a child killer, a high security hospital and a main character who is also fighting her own demons. There was so much to intrigue the reader that from picking the book up I didn’t want to put it down and ended up reading it in two sittings.

One For Sorrow is such a fabulously dark and twisted read. I knew from the opening pages it was going to be good but by heck I didn’t for see the twists and turns as they happened. It’s one of those stories that you will be constantly second guessing and jumping at conclusions only to be totally wrong. A great introduction to a new author for me and can’t wait to read more.

One For Sorrow is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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