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One Small Sacrifice

Shadows of New York, Book 1
Series: Shadows of New York, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

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.

©2019 Hilary Davidson. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“A thoughtfully plotted and skillfully characterized procedural mystery…It’s easy to get drawn deeply into the various motives and secrets of each character because it’s so perfectly human for all of us to keep things hidden, even from those we love.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Davidson’s latest novel is her best work yet. One Small Sacrifice is a fast-paced winner. Highly recommended.” --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away

“Davidson has crafted a tightly woven mystery. Each thread of the intricate plot draws you toward one surprising revelation after another.” --Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tailspin

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  • Occasional Critic
  • 19-06-19

Simple is better

Really enjoyed the story and character development was great but sometimes the voices just didn't seem to fit. Worst was Rafael. He sounded like a cheap prostitute, not a detective!

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  • Bobbi
  • 12-06-19

A wonderful mystery

Clues, secrets, evidence and contradictions. This all made for a great read! Nearing the end of the book as loose ends are coming together there are still surprises. I highly recommend this book. The narrator cave a wonderful performance.

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  • Taryn
  • 17-03-20

Waste of credit

I have to return this book, it was slow moving, boring and the narrator trying to do a male voice was just awful!

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  • StampLady
  • 18-06-19

Story line was okay, Narration horrible

Pros: Story had some likable characters in Alex, Emily, & Sheryn. There were a few unexpected plot twists to hold my interest. It was a basically a good read while waiting to find the next great read.

Cons: Narration! Narration! Narration! They did not flow, did not sound like real people, had unusual phrasing and/or voice inflections - all of which ruined the characters for me. Voice for the main character, Alex, was okay; Sheryn was tolerable most of the time, but most of the other narrations were horrible! Raphael's was the worst. He didn't sound like a real person at all. Thankfully I could read the Kindle version and avoid the audible except in small doses while in the car.
Story could have been so much better if i could have heard realistic voices with the characters. I am so puzzled as to how some of these narrators are selected for the voices when they can make or break the story.

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  • Leigh Neely
  • 09-06-19

Another hit from Hillary

Great book. Intense, satisfying story. Only problem was the Sharon narration. Excellent story—complicated, conflictive, and characteristic of a great mystery.

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  • 401k Latina
  • 09-06-19

Such an original, twisting story with important focus on PTSD!

This story gives us a peek into the PTSD victim’s burden —emotional , mental and even physically real. It shows how our life experiences manage our perceptions—creates biases, at times take us off our regular, logical path. The characters remind us about sacrifices we make for those we love, and that deliverance can come from these actions.

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  • Grace
  • 02-07-19

Not a fan of the narrators

While the story line itself was good, the narrators made me switch to reading instead of listening. The narrator who voiced Emily spoke in a throaty whisper drawing out the last line of each sentence like a wannabe seductress - not fitting at all for the story. The narrator for Sheryl and Mendoza spoke Mendoza’s voice in an almost inaudible whisper. A better choice of narrators would have made for a better story.

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  • Susan
  • 31-05-20

This was an intriguing book

I really enjoyed this book. The story was good & it kept me guessing. The direction of the story isn't exactly clear at first but develops at a good pace. Loved the characters. The narrators did a great job on this one. Thumbs up!

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  • Eyag H.
  • 09-03-20

Female narrator turned mystery into comedy

This seems to be a fairly good mystery so I am continuing to read it on my Kindle. However, when I was listening to it on my lunch break and couldn't get it to stop playing because i was laughing so hard, I knew I had to return it. The female narrator for the male detective was so bad. Another reviewer likened it to porn and I have to agree. Ugh!
Performance is 1 star.
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  • Jocelyne
  • 09-01-20

Suspenseful! and Amazing Full Cast Narration!

This was my first Hilary Davidson's book, and won't be my last. This is the first book in the Shadows of New York, a suspenseful police procedural Series. The characters are great!: Alex, a photojournalist who suffers from PTSD; Emily, a doctor, volunteers with Doctors Without Borders; Sheryn, an NYPD detective, and Rafael, her partner. The secondary characters are intriguing, and they have an important part in this story. The storyline is fast-paced, suspenseful, and filled with mystery, secrets, and twists and turns. The intrigue unfolds at a great pace. The full cast narration is really well done. Natalie Naudus, Lacy Laurel, Joe Hempel and Mark Turetsky did a wonderful job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listen to the next book in the Series, Don't Look Down.