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…


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.

34 thoughts on “Review: Little Comfort by Edwin Hill

  1. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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 😛

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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”. :/

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