Review: The Sacrifice

Book Title: The Sacrifice
Author: Alec Caruso
Published: 2017
Page Count: 327
Rating: 3/5

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

This book follows a few different perspectives at the beginning and I was a little confused starting out but then realized that they would all connect together. Aside from some of the grammatical errors and some of the pages were repeats in the print version, I thought this book was okay. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either.

One perspective follows the character DI (Detective Inspector) Rei Yoshima who is on the case for a suicide committed by Dr. Ted Conway but is revealed to not actually be a suicide but a homicide. Yoshima has just recently taken a break from work but goes back with the start of this case. She doesn’t sleep and she doesn’t eat and her boss Burke is constantly worrying about her, so he assigns her a partner. Nolan. Yoshima keeps having hallucinations for reasons unknown until you get closer to the end of the book, but it still is never clarified. All we know is that something happened on a previous case that she worked on. We meet her ex-boyfriend in one chapter and he is never mentioned again, even though they clearly still have feelings for each other. I thought that he was a useless character. She is also working with a man named Gabriel, who wants her to plant some guns on a well known drug lord. She does the job but it is never revealed why she is doing this but she clearly shouldn’t be because she is hiding it from her colleagues.

The second perspective follows a couple, Jack and Karen, who are trying to have a baby but can’t. They have gone through the IVF treatments and nothing is working. Their doctor, Dr. Lewis Brandwein (who actually works with Dr. Ted Conway), tells them about a secret adoption for 20,000 pounds they can have a baby that same week. It’s super suspicious but they go along with it and have to travel to Cologne, Germany to get the baby.

The third perspective follows two inspectors in Cologne, Germany named Müller and Morgan. They are working on a case of a couple that was tortured and murdered and all that evidence that is left of their possession is a business card for Dr. Ted Conway, who is already dead.

So the story premise is amazing and I totally did not see the ending coming but there were a lot of things I didn’t like about the book and a lot of unnecessary information. Like that fact that Morgan seemed really sick and always in pain, but we never find out why. Or the relationship between Yoshima and Gabriel. I don’t really understand why she is working for him. She mentioned that she was waiting to receive some information from him but he never tells her anything. Also, I’m not too sure what the title “The Sacrifice” has to do with the book. I still haven’t made that connection yet.

I don’t know that I would recommend this book. It definitely needs some grammatical edits and some clearing up of some of the information provided in the story. But if you’re looking for a thriller where you’re not going to predict the ending, try this book. I don’t think anyone who reads this can predict the ending.