I’m in for another blog tour and I realized I’m loving doing or joining blog tours. So any of you want me to join, sign me up. Anyway, thanks to Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tour for letting me join. I also did a cover reveal of this book, my first and I wanna say I’m very proud of this book because I ended up loving the content not just its cover.
TITLE: In Servitude
BY: Heleen Kist
GENRE: Psychological, Mystery, Suspense
PUBLICATION: August 23rd 2018 by Pollok Glen Publishing
Do you owe your family your life?
When her beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, Grace McBride’s carefully considered life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been sucked into illegal activities at odds with her seemingly charmed existence. What’s worse: Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice and forced to take over the shady dealings.
Determined to keep her fingers clean and redeem her sister’s reputation, Grace plots to extricate herself—and those Glory held dear—from the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certitude is challenged when familial pressure mounts and Glory’s past intentions remain unclear. Grace grows convinced Glory’s death was no accident, even if no-one will listen.
Seeking justice, she finds betrayal.
Blue pulled at the lead. I let him off once I’d scanned the area and noted no loose dogs. Only a lone figure loitering. His eye line crossed mine as he also examined the park, and paused on me long enough to raise a creepy sensation.
I moved to a bench by the play park and pretended to tie my laces. When I straightened up, the man was striding straight towards me. I searched for Blue, hoping for a semblance of protection, but he was nowhere to be seen. Nor was anyone else.
Before I could stop him, the man sat down next to me. He whistled and shouted, ‘Here boy!’ then faced me with a disturbing grin. As if he knew the dog wouldn’t come. I jumped to my feet and looked around. What had he done?
On the second blow of silent air through my dry mouth, Blue appeared from behind a tree thirty yard away. Safe. He showed no interest in me or the man, instead sniffing out the ground’s many treasures.
I turned back to the intruder. Standing over him gave me an edge—at least I thought it did—and I raised my chin and my voice when I asked, ‘Do I know you?’
He chuckled. ‘Nah, hen. I’m only the messenger.’
His smile faded. ‘We’re not very happy about you closing the café for so long. You need to open up again. There’s a delivery coming on Thursday.’
‘What do you mean? How do you—’
His eyes turned to ice as he grabbed my wrist in a flash. ‘We’ll be very disappointed if you’re not there to receive the goods. Ken what I’m saying?’
He rushed off, his dark coat billowing behind him like a cape, almost engulfing Blue who circled his legs, tail wagging, until he turned towards the road.
This book starts with our heroine, Grace, in panic upon receiving the news that her sister, Glory, is dead. From that first chapter, I already decided it’s a good story. It should be because I have this belief that any book that starts with a conflict would be a good one. Also I thought Grace would be an unreliable narrator.
I was right with the first, and wrong with the latter.
I should say that the blurb didn’t help me at all at guessing what the book would be about. Or did it help me figuring out the story? No. In Servitude is a story of many things. I felt like it’s a maze, a labyrinth, with numerous winding paths. Twists and turns. Paths that shouldn’t be connected but they are. And in the first glance you think you don’t need to take all those paths but you do.
(God, why do I even try analogy. I’m not even good at it. LOL.)
Anyway, that’s what Grace did. She took all those paths in order to get out of the mess her sister’s death somehow brought. What paths? Well, this book touched several points like family, betrayal, justice, love, trafficking and more. The author successfully managed to take all those stuffs in one book, to deliver one message. And when I thought everything is wrapping up, I was slapped by another revelation, twisting my mind and throwing me into another truth.
And it’s fantastic.
I was also surprised that this book showed a not-so-obvious facet of servitude. It’s amazing the way the author handled it. From Glory’s mysterious deaths and activities before she died, to Grace’s urge to always help and make things right. Grace’s boyfriend Dave. Glory’s husband Stephen. The bad guys, the employees. And the message of the last lines of the book wasn’t lost to me. Everyone is in service to something or someone.
And Grace. I said I was wrong guessing she’d be an unreliable narrator. Really she’s not. She’s more of a frantic one. She doesn’t stop. I found myself think like her boyfriend, Dave and I wanna tell her, ‘Honey, slow down.’ But it was a good thing because she made the story fast paced and highly entertaining. I read this book in less than three hours, I was hyped reading it. I couldn’t put it down.
Though maybe I’d love to read other character’s thoughts too. Maybe just a break once in a while from reading Grace’s frantic ones. The other characters are, I can say enthralling, so it would’ve been nice to read their thoughts. But Grace would still be my favorite. Her character development was amazing too.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s fast-paced, highly entertaining and sensible. You guys wouldn’t want to miss this one. 🙂
Heleen Kist is a Dutch quintilingual Stanford-educated globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. Trained at work to spot and prevent financial crime, she put this knowledge to good use for her debut novel, In Servitude.