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One for Sorrow: A Kayla Hicks Book Review

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"Without giving too much away, the characters had me fooled! Nothing is what it seems, you need to keep reading ... just one more chapter..."- Amazon Customer

What it's about:

A chilling psychological thriller by the million-copy bestselling author of Silent Child.

After a family tragedy leaves Leah destitute, she’s forced to accept a job she doesn’t want at a place that fills her with dread.

Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire moors stands Crowmont Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit housing hundreds of convicted criminals. On Leah’s first day there, she meets her new patient, Isabel Fielding, a teen murderess.

Isabel spends her days sketching birds to hang on the walls of her room. She never raises her voice. She is gentle and kind. She is nothing like the violent child killer described in gratuitous headlines.

Online rumours suggest Isabel’s father or brother were more likely to have committed murder on that fateful day. Soon Leah is drawn to conspiracy theories that might just be true.

But whoever committed the crime, Leah is heading down a dangerous path. One much darker and more dangerous than her worst nightmares.

My review:

Leah moves to a new area with her brother Tom for a fresh start, ready to start a new job at Crowmont Psychiatric Hospital—a place with strange characters and ones that feel like friends.
As Leah tries to find her footing, she falls into a steady rhythm at night, makes dinner and spends time with Tom, enjoys a glass of wine and take in the countryside, and sleepwalking which ends up taking her to weird places around her new home.
When Leah the sleepwalking troubles her and Tom starts getting bullied at school, the only thing that seems to go well is being a nurse to Isabel Feilding.
And what's worse...is Leah begins to believe Isabel is innocent of the violent crime she is believed to have committed. And begins to investigate on her own.
Author Sarah Denzil does a wonderful job building protagonist Leah in front of the reader's eyes, providing a clear picture of who she is and then shaking everything we know and taking the reader by surprise.
This book was full of surprises and a page-turner until the very end.

I give this book a 5-Star review.