• These Lost & Broken Things

  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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These Lost & Broken Things

By: Helen Fields
Narrated by: Robin Laing
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Publisher's Summary

Girl. Mother. Assassin. How dangerous is a woman with nothing left to lose? Listen to the first explosive historical thriller from best-selling crime writer of the DI Callanach series, Helen Fields.

The year is 1905. London is a playground for the rich and a death trap for the poor. When Sofia Logan’s husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her penniless with two young children, she knows she will do anything to keep them from the workhouse. But can she bring herself to murder? Even if she has done it before.... 

Emmet Vinsant, wealthy industrialist, offers Sofia a job in one of his gaming houses. He knows more about Sofia’s past than he has revealed. Brought up as part of a travelling fair, she’s an expert at counting cards and spotting cheats, and Vinsant puts her talents to good use. His demands on her grow until she finds herself with blood on her hands. 

Set against the backdrop of the Suffragette protests, with industry changing the face of the city but disease still rampant and poverty the greatest threat of all, every decision you make is life or death. Either yours or someone else’s.

©2020 Helen Fields (P)2020 W F Howes

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Still Hoping for Good

I really kept hoping things would get better - yet dedication, hard work & devotion doesn't Always prove to be Best!! I kept hoping The main charecter just working. Glad to finish yet not a book I'd reread!!

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Powerful!

The story started out a little slow but as it progressed I couldn’t put it down. Would definitely recommend this to everyone.

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  • Weliza
  • 12-10-20

Enjoyable, easy listen

I listened to this over a couple of days whilst doing a repetitive task. The story was interesting, although I had to suspend disbelief lots of times when I heard the children speak of their parents as "mummy" and "daddy". Children of Romanies in the early 19 century would not speak like that. Neither would the heroine have the command of the English language that was portrayed. However, a female serial killer at that time is a novel idea, and Helen Fields writes well. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Mick
  • 12-06-20

A New Departure, or departures.....

A change of scene for Helen Fields, and one that I have looked forward to for some time. Great characters woven into a tale of several gory murders at the turn of the 20th century. The characters are brought to life by Robin Laing, one may recognise D I Callanac's voice in a previous incarnation, together with some new and quite evil characterisations. The historical political backdrop is omnipresent, but not too heavy. The storyline is solid enough, but not quite a 5 for me. I look forward to other new works from Helen Fields, although sometimes they are a bit too graphic and malevolent.

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  • Andi Horwood
  • 06-07-21

Interesting. Slow burner

A real slow burner and took a while to get into. Not a very interesting ending

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  • GrandGennetay
  • 06-15-21

wonderful

Robin Laing brings à good story alive. I highly recommend this book. I was gripped from the first sentence

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  • Kirstine
  • 06-15-21

Over the top at times but gripping

This book is a roller-coaster not so much owing to red herrings in the story but more the huge variation in behaviour of the main character, Sophia, who starts as a conventional housewife and loving mother who morphs into a monster. Alternating between the 1890s and the first decade of the 20th century describing Sophia's childhood and later marriage and motherhood. The early part of the story is Dickensian in its grimness, but later scenes are reminiscent of a Frederick Forsyth thriller. The story becomes more and more preposterous in the final hours of listening but is strangely gripping as I wondered what on Earth could happen next.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-21

Beyond Excellence

Sublime. Dark. Delicious. That just about sums up These Lost & Broken Things. Whatever she cares to write about, Helen Fields does it to perfection. Be it Callanach, Degrees of Guilt (as HS Chandler), or this absolutely wonderful historical novel, everything that pours from her head onto the page is pure magic. If you ever read this Helen - thank you - and a simple request - please don't ever stop!! Oh, and one other thing: the peerless Robin Laing was made to narrate your novels - please don't let him ever stop either.

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  • Rebecca C
  • 11-12-22

Okay but not her best

I was a bit disappointed with this story as I love the author's other books. Although the idea was good it just seemed a bit lacking. The twists were expected and it felt like so much more could have been done to make use of the historical setting and the other characters who had the potential to be really interesting and well-rounded personalities. There were times when I became gripped but then I could drift off losing interest soon after. I think there were a lot of good ideas and potential here that, given more thought, could have made this story something really good.

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  • Ninecatz
  • 09-08-22

Lost...

I usually enjoy Helen Fields books, but not this one. I'm on Chapter 11 and finding it difficult to continue. The main character is extremely annoying and unlikeable, the story meh.

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  • jackie white
  • 09-07-22

Another great book

Loved it great book have had a lot and going to have more from Helen fields

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-27-22

An absolute page turner

Gripped from the first chapter I listened to the audiobook desperate to know how the story ended. It is one of those books that leaves you lost, not wanting to reach the end, so absorbed in the story.