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Sunday, March 13, 2022

One for Sorrow by Helen Fields

Apart from personal issues, my country like a lot of other places has many issues. We are in the middle of an electricity crisis with upto seven and a half hours power being cut off and now on top of that we have no cooking gas. There is a scarcity of petrol and diesel and today prices of both have been upped. There is also a severe shortage of milk powder but that affects households who have children mainly. It is a very depressing period to be in Sri Lanka. The bright thing that happened to me personally is that my Australian visa came through after two years (due to closure because of covid) and for that I am grateful. When I can, I shall visit children and grand children. This story was a wonderfully twisted one. I could not imagine for ages that there was a corkscrew effect in who the perpetrator of the crime was. We are led by the nose as it were in one direction which is obvious as the young man was cocky, a psychopath and one with no regard for women at all. It was the end which was the denunciation and then like a domino effect the whole story was open to one's understanding. Brilliant writing. Very unconnected victims, but in the course of those victims dying they also took with them many others from the medical, the police and the emergency services. The total death toll was frightening and one that Edinburgh had not seen before. It was also a crime scene which the detectives had not dealt with before. Masterful story telling. Sent by Avon Books UK for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.


  1. Sorry to read about the issues your country has been dealing with. After COVID we need a return to normalcy not more issues t=and crises to worry about.

  2. Lack of electricity and cooking gas is NOT fun. I am so sorry. At least your visa came through; that's one happy thing!

  3. Interesting that we are not hearing more about this in the international news. This crisis is coming for all of us, but we seem to prefer not to face it. I'm so glad your Australian visa has come through and that you will hopefully be able to see your children and grandchildren soon.

    I really like Helen Fields' series featuring Ava and Luc. Once for Sorrow was a scary scenario!

  4. Sometimes I wonder if things will ever be back to "normal," or if we're all going to have to face a New Normal. At least you have that pending visit to Australia to help you cope with the shortages you're facing now. I've always found it easier to cope when I have something good to look forward to, and I hope you do as well.

    I've read other books by Helen Fields and enjoyed them. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention.