So, I am so excited to be back with the second book in the D.I. Paolo Sterling series, now, in my review of the first book Retriever of Souls which you can find here: I said that “this is seriously making it’s way up to being in my top 5 book series”. Well is that still the case?
*Drum roll please* ……..
Hell yes! I just love this so much! Anyway, before I carry on gushing, let’s tell you what it’s about.
Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.
When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.
Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?
– Goodreads –
Trigger Warnings: Child sexual abuse & trafficking.
I know that I don’t normally mention trigger warnings, however, I think it is definitely important to note as this is a main theme throughout the whole book.
The author tackles this topic beautifully, it just may be too difficult for those sensitive to or affected by this topic to read.
Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you why I love this series so much!
The character development is fab! I’m becoming really attached to our main character D.I. Paolo Sterling, he’s so relatable and he’s juggling so much. You can see he’s trying so hard to balance visiting his daughter in hospital, trying to calm his ex-wife and possibly start a new relationship. Oh as well as all that he has a really disturbing case to solve.
I was also shocked that I started to warm to Dave who is Paolo’s partner. In the first book. I couldn’t stand him, he was so misogynistic and just an all round douche.
As much as I love it, I do have to admit that the first third of this book is pretty slow, but once you get through that it’s non-stop.
Now, onto the case, this is such a taboo subject, yet it’s handled really well, there is no incident that is just added to be gory and shocking, everything is there for a reason. It’s a very relevant topic as there is so much scandal within the music industry.
I studied criminal justice at uni and I know that there is no where near enough awareness that human trafficking isn’t just happening at the other side of the world, it is on our doorstep, we may have come into contact with victims in our day to day life.
Just so you know how I felt after I finished this book, in my review journal (I’m a little old school and I just love putting pen to paper before I type anything, I just feel that it’s more personal that way) and in the section where I ask myself if I want to read more from this author, I wrote ” GIVE ME THEM ALL!” So I think that sums this review up.
If you haven’t guessed already, Children in Chains is being given a massive 5 cups of coffee out of 5! I’m so grateful that I have the third book Injections of Insanity ready to get stuck into and review for you in a few weeks.
So in my review of Retriever of Souls I forgot to post the purchase link for that because I would honestly forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on!
I love this series so much that I just have to post both of the purchase links for you to fall in love with them too!
Retriever of Souls:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retriever-Souls-positively-compelling-Sterling-ebook/dp/B07HJ83F6N
US – https://www.amazon.com/Retriever-Souls-positively-compelling-Sterling-ebook/dp/B07HJ83F6N
Children in Chains:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW7C6M2
Who is Lorraine Mace?
When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace 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. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.
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See you in the next one…