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.



Book Review Take It Back by Kia Abdullah 5🌟


“The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Whose side would you take?”

         My thoughts

This story is hard-hitting in its subject matter of rape, but the sensitive issue is handled well.

It also deals with issues of prejudice towards race, gender, religion and class status. There were some elements of this story telling I found hard to read. However, it was a good eye-opener to what is actually going on in the world around us. And sometimes it’s not pretty 😯

“You want life in neat and predictable boxes when it’s actually a river of shit.”

Zara, the rape counsellor in this story is a strong female character. She is also dealing with her own issues in life.

The same goes for Jodie. Her life hasn’t been a bed of roses 🌹 a facial deformity, her father walking out on her, an alcoholic mother, poverty and now she has been allegedly raped.

“Women aren’t born warriors; we learn to fight because we have to.”

As the reader we don’t know the truth. It definitely is a tale of ‘he says/she says’ but who is telling the truth? I honestly changed my mind a few times during the course of the story 🤔

I would recommend this book to those who like a mystery to solve and are able to handle some controversial issues.

Prepare yourself for a journey of emotions though. It’s a story that stays with you long after you’ve closed the book 😊

“You will always care what people think of you – that’s just the way of the world – but you can decide how you act in return. You can choose to be cruel like them to make yourself feel tall, or you can treat others with kindness to balance out the shortfall…There will be moments in your life when you must decide in an instant.”

Thank you to @netgalley and @harpercollinsuk for my advanced reading copy in exchange of an honest review 😊

Have you read this story yet? If you have drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To take part, you just have to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

This is my first time taking part in this. I’ve seen so many since I started my blog, but never had the time to do my own.

So here goes 😊

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Click the link for a description – Catherine Ryan Howard | Readers First

So far this book is great. There’s a little village with a host of weird and strange people. An Instagram star that has gone missing and a woman murdered in her bed. Can’t wait to find out the conclusion of this story.

what did you recently finish?

Gone | Leona Deakin | 9781784164089 | NetGalley

I was approved of this from @netgalley It was a fantastic concept for a story. People being selected to do a game of dares, why? Well you’ll have to read to find out why . I gave this book 3🌟 I did enjoy it but I had figured out the main thread and wasn’t quite keen on it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have quite a few e-ARCs to read from Netgalley and I am very looking forward to read Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay | 9780008331993 | NetGalley

i saw a trailer clip on Twitter that Barclay has done and he sums up that this book will give us the fear of lifts (elevators) the way Psycho gave us the fear of showers 😮 so excited to get to read this one.