Review: One for Sorrow by Jane Godman

Five girls have been murdered on the Isle of Man in the last eighteen months. When DI Harry Grimshaw is told he must work with a psychic investigator, he is hostile and sceptical, in spite of the fact that tattooed, foul-mouthed biker Dora Balniel is not a stereotypical clairvoyant.  In spite of their animosity, they work together to sift through Celtic legend and magpie folklore to probe the mind of an obsessive serial killer known as The Daaney One. It becomes clear that Dora has been deliberately lured to the Isle of Man by the killer and that he has the ability to probe her mind. With the murderer controlling what Dora sees, Harry struggles to maintain control over the situation and keep Dora safe. As the sizzling attraction between them builds, it will require all of Harry’s ingenuity as well as her own psychic ability to ensure Dora is not the next victim.

Five girls have been murdered on the Isle of Man in the last eighteen months. When DI Harry Grimshaw is told he must work with a psychic investigator, he is hostile and sceptical, in spite of the fact that tattooed, foul-mouthed biker Dora Balniel is not a stereotypical clairvoyant.
In spite of their animosity, they work together to sift through Celtic legend and magpie folklore to probe the mind of an obsessive serial killer known as The Daaney One. It becomes clear that Dora has been deliberately lured to the Isle of Man by the killer and that he has the ability to probe her mind. With the murderer controlling what Dora sees, Harry struggles to maintain control over the situation and keep Dora safe. As the sizzling attraction between them builds, it will require all of Harry’s ingenuity as well as her own psychic ability to ensure Dora is not the next victim.

One for Sorrow by Jane Godman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its always a nice change sometimes to read a non American romantic suspense. This book takes place on the The Isle of Man, which is located between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The heroine is from Ireland and the hero was born on Mann.

Along with the location being a change the characters were different too. Dora Balniel is a clairvoyant. Its not something she ever wanted to be but as it runs in the family she didn’t have a choice. Now she is a tattooed, motorcycle riding woman with an attitude. She was asked to come to Mann to try and help to find the killer of 5 young girls. At first it just looks like she is there at the request of the uncle of the first girl murdered but its not long before we see she was manipulated psychically by none other than the killer. The killer is somehow able to project things into her head instead of her being inside the victims head at the time of their death.

Deputy Inspector Harry Grimshaw is assigned to work with Dora while she is on the island. These two pretty much butt heads right off the bat but its not long before they become friends and work closely at trying to find the killer. One of the biggest changes I noticed with this being written by an author from England and the men not being the typical Alpha US males I am used to. There are 3 men which I will call vying for Dora sexually – one is part of the island’s parliament whose a bit of a stuffy but his characters gives us lots of history about the island, the other is an artist that from the way the author describes him oozes with sex appeal that Dora has a hard time refusing and of course the other is Harry who is described as disheveled and as we find out his history has quite the past.

As Dora and Harry hunt for the killer we are given lots of information about the Island and also about its Celtic roots. Even though there is a conclusion at the end of this book it was in the blurb for the next book that I see this is an ongoing series with the same characters. I was a bit surprised at what the next one is about but I enjoyed this book enough I am looking forward to it.

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