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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Richard Greene
  • 05-06-19

bad all around

any good reviews must be a friend of the author. could not get through this book.

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