The Sacrifice by Alec Caruso #BookReview

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What’s it about?

London, England. Dr. Ted Conway has committed suicide. A case that should be easily closed.

After a forced break, Detective Inspector Rei Yoshima is thrust back into work, overseeing the suicide of Dr. Conway, only to discover that things with this case is not what it seems to be.

Trying to determine the unforeseeable truths from hidden lies, clues start finding their way together. As the case begins to unravel, it forces Yoshima into a whirlwind of discoveries, sending her to Cologne, Germany.

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star three and a half

The Sacrifice is the first novel in an exciting new detective series and the story flicks between two different teams of detectives, each one operating in another country. DI Rei Yoshima is partnered with newbie Liam Nolan at The Criminal Investigative Department in London and 500 miles further Müller and Morgan work for the Cologne Police Department. While this might seem plenty to follow, the chapters are short and snappy so it turned out to be easy to read instead and wasn’t confusing at all. Müller and Morgan are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found murdered in their apartment. Yoshima and her partner’s investigation into a suspicious death puts them into contact with their colleagues in Germany and before you know it they have joined forces which created a good dynamic for the story.  I still felt that Yoshima was the real lead detective of the foursome though, the one who brings the most input to the table and she’s the one to be reckoned with the most. The investigation progressed logically and was well-paced. It defiantly let the story flow nicely when the investigators get new ideas and continually follow up on new leads.

The plot had me second guessing for the largest part of the novel and was well thought out. A few details were relevant but it was impossible to detect their importance to the plot. All through the story I was wondering what those newspaper articles and references to Syria have to do with the story but the truth is only slowly revealed. The Sacrifice also ends with a satisfying climax. I love it when everything starts to fall into place. In the final 30 pages I was hit by a whirlwind of revelations and actions and I kept thinking there wouldn’t be enough pages left to wound the story up but the author left no loose ends, safe one or two. You see, all through the novel Yoshima seems to operate at the back and call of a man called Gabriel, a shady criminal type. It is however never explained who he is or why he has such a hold on her, which only makes me wonder even more what their story is and yes, it’s perfect to make me want to read the second book in the series to find out.

I did feel the blurb didn’t give much away and the cover jacket of the novel is even shorter so I really didn’t know what to expect. Unfortunately this caused me to leave this book lying around way too long and I’m almost ashamed to say that I picked The Sacrifice up twice before I finally started reading it. Every time I started it I put it back down again when I flipped it open to the first page and saw the opening chapter of a newspaper article reporting about the Syrian refugee crises. I want to read so I can escape everyday’s misery and that must be why I wasn’t really attracted or captivated from the start, but I can reassure everyone that there’s no politics involved and it turned out to be a different and better story than I expected so we really started on the wrong footing and I urge everyone who has The Sacrifice in their hands not to pin it down to that first chapter. Overall I can conclude this was a good read and credible debut.

I received a free paperback copy of this novel from the author (you can also read the guestpost I posted earlier here). This is my honest opinion.

11 thoughts on “The Sacrifice by Alec Caruso #BookReview

  1. I like the idea of two detective teams working together in different countries. That’s original and I am glad it wasn’t confusing. Glad you enjoyed this one Inge. Great review.


  2. Two different teams? That structure is pretty interesting. Glad to hear that it didn’t ruin the experience though. Also totally understand the need for escapism and why you had to put down the book here and then. Excellent and honest review as always. 😉

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    • This is the second time I read a novel with two teams (Block 46 also has murders in two different countries) but I really it.. instead of bringing two plotlines together in the end, they are brought forward earlier in the story so that there are two big moments (at least) in the novel. The more the better is what I say :-). Thank you so much for your feedback!

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  3. I am to blame for same sometimes- putting the book down when the first page doesn’t fit the bill… the reality just puts up such a blocker sometimes and then you find out you had nothing to worry about… sigh 🙂 #bookwormproblems
    Glad that you persevered in the end and enjoyed the book, too! 🙂

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