Rosie’s #Bookreview of #PsychologicalSuspense In Servitude by Heleen Kist @hkist

In Servitude: a psychological suspense novelIn Servitude: a psychological suspense novel by Heleen Kist

4 stars

In Servitude is a psychological suspense novel that is set in Glasgow. It opens with news of a car accident; Glory has died. She has left behind a husband and two young boys, her sister, her parents and a cafe.

Grace steps up to support her brother-in-law, Stephen, and her nephews. Everyone is shocked, but why would her father especially ask her, rather than Glory’s husband, to look out all of Glory’s financial papers? The next days and weeks are hard, grief-stricken as they all are. Then, one day, when Grace is walking the dog, she’s approached by a stranger who suggests that she re-opens a nearby, currently closed café. Deciding to give it her attention, Grace is surprised to discover that the vegan-themed café in an odd setting is actually making money. But, when she digs into the financing and a ‘special’ delivery arrives, Grace is shocked by what she finds.

As children Glory and Grace were very close; they looked out for each other and stuck together when either girl was in trouble. Grace continues to feel that it’s her duty to assist the family. The danger that she then puts herself in causes problems with her current boyfriend, but her urge to do what’s right pushes her on.

I thought the opening chapters were very good, the author drip-fed details which kept me wanting to know more. I soon found myself deep into the story with each new twist and I ending up reading the book in just one day, which is always a sign of a good novel. The only minor issue for me was that the ending felt out of character with the rest of the book. All the way through the book Grace had shown kindness with a will to do the right thing, but in the last chapter she turned into crazy Grace and I thought it was at odds with the rest of the book. Overall a solid book in this genre.

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Book description


Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence.

She was wrong.

Now she has to pay the price.

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s
worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family
secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear.

Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. But why won’t anyone listen?

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal…

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