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Review: Little Comfort by Edwin Hill

little comfortHarvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.

Sam has no desire to be found. As a teenager, he fled his small New Hampshire town with his friend, Gabe, after a haunting incident. For a dozen years, Sam and Gabe have traveled the country, reinventing themselves as they move from one mark to another. Sam has learned how trusting wealthy people can be—especially the lonely ones—as he expertly manipulates his way into their lives and homes. In Wendy Richards, the beautiful, fabulously rich daughter of one of Boston’s most influential families, he’s found the perfect way to infiltrate the milieu in which he knows he belongs—a world of Brooks Brothers suits, Nantucket summers, and effortless glamour.

As Hester’s investigation closes in on their brutal truth, the bond between Sam and Gabe is tested and Hester unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. While Gabe has pinned all his desperate hopes of a normal life on Hester, Sam wants her out of the way for good. And Gabe has always done what Sam asks…

Review

This book turned out to be even better than I expected. I decided to read it because of the cover. The snow, crow and slash of red  foretold something sinister.

Hester finds lost people. She is not your usual P.I; in fact she is actually a librarian by profession. In this story, she has a little kid in tow and a friendly dog. In addition, Hester is described as being small in stature, at about 4’9 and 3/4ft. Her appearance impacts on how other people treat her in her line of work. It is crazy how some people treated her like a doll that they could touch without asking. She was feisty though and could stand up for herself.  I think her character development was masterfully done.

The story begins with Lila’s search for her missing brother, Sam. A few pages in and I was totally hooked especially when Sam Blaine was introduced. Sam and Gabe have been moving from place to place. They have no intention of being found and are willing to do anything to protect their secrets and lies. I will let you discover for yourself exactly why these two men were in hiding.

This was an addictive read. I loved everything about it. I enjoyed Hester’s narration and loved following her investigation. Sam and Gabe were also quite interesting to read about. The chapters that they narrated were fascinating. They were filled with secrets, deception and quite a number of twists. These two characters turned out to be darker than I first expected and definitely more entertaining. I still don’t know how I feel about one of them but I definitely disliked the other.

Little Comfort by Edwin Hill is quite a page-turner. It has well developed characters and a story like no other. It was well-written, tautly- plotted, poignant in some chapters, and highly entertaining. I can’t wait to read the next Hester Thursby Mystery.

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34 comments on “Review: Little Comfort by Edwin Hill

  1. Jenn @ the Bibliofile
    September 12, 2018

    This is my first time hearing about this, but it looks interesting. Nice review!

    • Diana
      September 12, 2018

      Thanks Jenn. It is a wonderful read.

  2. jennifertarheelreader
    September 12, 2018

    This is such a lovely review, Diana. Judging by the cover, it doesn’t seem like it would be a dark book, so that surprises me, too. This sounds absolutely fabulous and has all the ingredients of a great read!

    • Diana
      September 12, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer. I also expected a missing persons kind of mystery but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how thrilling and drak the book turned out to be 🙂

  3. How amazing that you found it to be ‘addictive’! Great review!!

    • Diana
      September 12, 2018

      Thank you so much, Nikola 🙂

  4. Laila@BigReadingLife
    September 12, 2018

    Hester sounds like a great character!

    • Diana
      September 12, 2018

      She really is an interesting character. I can’t wait to find out how the series will progress. Thanks Laila 🙂

  5. anovelglimpse
    September 12, 2018

    I love when a book ends up being better than I was expecting! The fact that it was a page turner is awesome!

    • Diana
      September 13, 2018

      I love it when that happens too 🙂 This one certainly exceeded my expectations.

  6. Raney Simmon
    September 12, 2018

    Looks like a very interesting read. Sounds like it’s pretty dark too, which doesn’t bother me at all either.

    • Diana
      September 13, 2018

      Its really good and not too dark. Thanks Raney 🙂

  7. Yvo
    September 12, 2018

    Wonderful review! Good to hear this story worked out for you.

    • Diana
      September 13, 2018

      Thank you, Yvo 🙂

  8. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    September 13, 2018

    I’ve never heard of this but I’m interested! I’ve been in a thriller mood these last couple months. Glad this worked so well for you Diana

    • Diana
      September 13, 2018

      Thank you Renee. I think you’d enjoy this one. Its really good.

  9. bibliobeth
    September 13, 2018

    Ooh sounds interesting Diana, terrific review. I love that cover! 😍

    • Diana
      September 14, 2018

      Thank you Beth. The cover sure is beautiful and perfect for the story 🙂

  10. Annie
    September 14, 2018

    I had no idea this existed but I agree that cover is great! I love the concept that she’s a librarian! I wish I was lol And also a detective of course 😛

    • Diana
      September 14, 2018

      haha librarian and detective sound like such interesting jobs. I was talking to the librarians at my workplace the other day, for some weird reason, most of them aren’t keen readers. This universe is unfair lol.

      • Annie
        September 16, 2018

        WHAT. And why do they work there???

        • Diana
          September 17, 2018

          hahafor some of them, its just a job that pays bills.

  11. Stephanie
    September 14, 2018

    This sounds so good, Diana! I’ll have to check this one out! Excellent review! Glad that you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Diana
      September 17, 2018

      Thank you so much Stephanie. I hope that you will enjoy it if you get the chance to read it 🙂

      • Stephanie
        September 17, 2018

        You’re welcome, Diana and thanks! I hope I get a chance too! 😊

  12. Norrie
    September 14, 2018

    Great review! What an intriguing story and character.
    Finally a book about a tiny person 😀

    • Diana
      September 17, 2018

      haha yes. It was interesting meeting Hester and its crazy to read about how people treat shorter girls, there’s even a fetish surrounding height. Its a crazy world 😀

      Thanks Norrie.

      • Norrie
        September 17, 2018

        OMG, what? Fetish?
        I don’t think anyone ever really says anything to me about my height, but i remember one time i went to work in my trainers, and my boss said “well, you look even shorter than usual”. :/

  13. Booksarge
    September 15, 2018

    Reblogged this on Booksarge.

    • Diana
      September 17, 2018

      Can’t see the post but thanks for the reblog 🙂

      • Booksarge
        September 17, 2018

        I tried to share it on my blog but it didnt work out 😦

  14. Tejasv Kalra
    September 17, 2018

    Great review!!
    Do check out my blog !
    I write short fiction:)

    • Diana
      September 21, 2018

      Hey, thanks. Will do.

  15. Cozynookbks
    September 29, 2018

    Sounds like a good one Diana. I enjoyed your review, and glad you liked it. 😊

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