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Publisher's Summary

“Davidson’s latest novel is her best work yet. One Small Sacrifice is a fast-paced winner. Highly recommended.” - #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben

“Twisty, absorbing, and deeply humane, it’s a thriller you won’t want to miss.” - New York Times bestselling author Megan Abbott

NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex - a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD - got away with murder.

When Alex’s fiancée, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the center of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them.

But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her whole theory unravels. Everyone involved remembers the night Cori died differently - and the truth about her death could be the key to solving Emily’s disappearance.

©2019 by Hilary Davidson. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A thoughtfully plotted and skillfully characterized procedural mystery…It’s easy to get drawn deeply into the various motives and secrets of each character because it’s so perfectly human for all of us to keep things hidden, even from those we love.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Davidson’s latest novel is her best work yet. One Small Sacrifice is a fast-paced winner. Highly recommended.” --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away

“Davidson has crafted a tightly woven mystery. Each thread of the intricate plot draws you toward one surprising revelation after another.” --Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tailspin

What listeners say about One Small Sacrifice

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disappointing as audio

Like many of the other reviews, the story was good, kept interest. However, the narration was horrible. the voice for the character "Alex" was the only one I enjoyed. The others didn't fit the characters, were poorly narrated in regards to tone and inflection. The whispering, airy voices were way off base. Thankfully, Alex's viewpoint were many of the chapters so I was able to get through it. I would recommend getting the kindle or paper version.

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Simple is better

Really enjoyed the story and character development was great but sometimes the voices just didn't seem to fit. Worst was Rafael. He sounded like a cheap prostitute, not a detective!

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A wonderful mystery

Clues, secrets, evidence and contradictions. This all made for a great read! Nearing the end of the book as loose ends are coming together there are still surprises. I highly recommend this book. The narrator cave a wonderful performance.

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Story line was okay, Narration horrible

Pros: Story had some likable characters in Alex, Emily, & Sheryn. There were a few unexpected plot twists to hold my interest. It was a basically a good read while waiting to find the next great read.

Cons: Narration! Narration! Narration! They did not flow, did not sound like real people, had unusual phrasing and/or voice inflections - all of which ruined the characters for me. Voice for the main character, Alex, was okay; Sheryn was tolerable most of the time, but most of the other narrations were horrible! Raphael's was the worst. He didn't sound like a real person at all. Thankfully I could read the Kindle version and avoid the audible except in small doses while in the car.
Story could have been so much better if i could have heard realistic voices with the characters. I am so puzzled as to how some of these narrators are selected for the voices when they can make or break the story.

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Waste of credit

I have to return this book, it was slow moving, boring and the narrator trying to do a male voice was just awful!

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Another hit from Hillary

Great book. Intense, satisfying story. Only problem was the Sharon narration. Excellent story—complicated, conflictive, and characteristic of a great mystery.

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Such an original, twisting story with important focus on PTSD!

This story gives us a peek into the PTSD victim’s burden —emotional , mental and even physically real. It shows how our life experiences manage our perceptions—creates biases, at times take us off our regular, logical path. The characters remind us about sacrifices we make for those we love, and that deliverance can come from these actions.

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Not a fan of the narrators

While the story line itself was good, the narrators made me switch to reading instead of listening. The narrator who voiced Emily spoke in a throaty whisper drawing out the last line of each sentence like a wannabe seductress - not fitting at all for the story. The narrator for Sheryl and Mendoza spoke Mendoza’s voice in an almost inaudible whisper. A better choice of narrators would have made for a better story.

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Loved it

Love the story! The characters and the audio reading was ok. But over all I will tead more from this author!

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Good Story Narration Was Disappointment

I would give this a 3.5 * The overall story was good. Obviously there was really good character development for Alex but I felt everyone else felt flat. I wanted more about Emily & Sharon and Cory & Will. I didn’t get invested, attached or dislike anyone really enough. Twists just happened. And unfortunately the narration was a detriment. Yes it should be mood reflective but it lulled me instead of made me emotive. And if a female cannot narrate a male well she just shouldn’t. Hopefully the next one in the series is better.

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
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Disappointed

1. - l really do not enjoy books read by multiples
2. - This outing was disjointed and did not flow
3. - l suspect the storey line could work but the above issues added to the failure
4. - l gave up on "fairy tale " endings when 8