Today I have a review of One Small Sacrifice by Hilary Davidson, first in the Shadows of New York series and now available from Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Pub. A big thank you to Megan Beatie for my gifted copy.
Sheryn Sterling is an NYPD detective, and she’s been monitoring Alex Traynor since a friend of his named Cori fell to her death. While it was ruled a suicide, Sheryn thinks Alex is guilty of murder.
Alex is a war photojournalist diagnosed with PTSD from his time abroad. He is engaged to Emily, a well-loved doctor, when she goes missing. Sheryn thinks Alex is to blame…
Sheryn is wrong about her original theory, but as she interviews the witnesses to Cori’s death, she learns a possible key to finding Emily.
Hilary Davidson tells this story in a compelling way. She dangles carrots and throws monkey wrenches at my theories, which kept me off kilter as I tried to solve what happened alongside Sheryn.
I really enjoyed Sheryn as a main character. She’s clever, but fallible, and from the start, she felt genuine. I also kept questioning my feelings towards Alex. He was definitely a well-drawn, complex character.
Overall, One Small Sacrifice is an intriguing and promising start to a new series, one that I definitely hope to continue. I look forward to where Sheryn takes us next with hopefully another gripping mystery!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
An apparent suicide. A mysterious disappearance. Did one man get away with murder—twice?
NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex—a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD—got away with murder.
When Alex’s fiancée, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the center of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them.
But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her whole theory unravels. Everyone involved remembers the night Cori died differently—and the truth about her death could be the key to solving Emily’s disappearance.
Have you read One Small Sacrifice, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR