Book review

Retriever of Souls (DI Sterling #1) by Lorraine Mace#RetrieverofSouls @lomace @AccentPress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours (@DamppebblesBTs)#BookReview #BookBloggers


Book Blurb:
The first title in a dark and gritty crime series.

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.


My Thoughts.

This is the first title in the DI Sterling series and let me tell you I’ll definitely be following Paolo in his next cases. Paolo is a great character, he has got depth and a backstory to him that can easily build along the way. There is also a fledgling romantic slant that hopefully will develop. I also adored his relationship with his partner detective sergeant Dave Johnson. (Aren’t they just great names Paolo and Dave) Anyway, like I said their relationship is great. Dave, learns a lot from Paolo.

The first chapter of this book we are brought right into the action, and Mace doesn’t hold back with the graphic description. As you may have guessed from the title and blurb there are leanings towards religion. The serial killer believes he is saving the victims souls by killing them and putting them on the road to redemption.

We get chapters from the killers perspective, and I found these very hard hitting and at times difficult to digest due to the dark nature of the subject. However, it made for a great story and you can totally understand why the killer is the way they are.

As the reader we are given breadcrumbs of evidence and clues to follow, which often led us up the complete wrong path. Which is what we all love in a crime mystery novel. Here all the main characters have a connection to their younger days in school, and I loved how each one had a similar characteristic to the serial killer. Just to keep us on our toes.

Things get very personal for Paolo during the investigation and the tension ramps up. Definitely a book you won’t want to put down until the final page and revelation.

If you like your stories to be gritty and graphic, with a lot of tension and action then make sure you get a copy of this book.

Many thanks to Emma Damppebbles for organising this blog tour and allowing me to be a part of it. And thanks to Lorraine Mace for a great book.


About The Author:

Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week.

When not working on the D.I. Sterling series of crime novels, Lorraine is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions.

A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.

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Publishing Information:
Published in paperback, audio and ebook formats by Accent Press on 13th December 2018.


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