In Servitude: Winner of Silver medal at Independent Publisher Book Awards 2019 Kindle Edition
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'The plot was perfectly paced, taut and gritty ... An excellent debut' Chapter In My Life crime fiction blog
'In Servitude is a dark and suspenseful read that draws you in and keeps you there.' By the Letter book reviews
'The suspense is mind-blowing. (5*)' The Book Decoder
'Fabulous psychological thriller. Fast read. Hard hitting. Loved it. (5*)' Shalini book reviews
'It has something more to say than the average suspense book.(5*)' Swift Coffee blog
'Seriously, you should read this book. If you're looking for an excellent suspense novel to keep you on your toes, then you absolutely need to read this one ... Heleen Kist is a great writer. (4.5*)' A Lovely Book Affair
'I loved every minute of reading this book ... a wonderful, well-written suspense novel. (4*)' Tay's infinite thoughts
'I'm obsessed with this plot. Twist after twist,this psychological suspense novel kept me hooked the entire time. (5*)' Jessica Rachow reviews
From the Author
- ASIN : B07GK4JRH3
- Publisher : Pollok Glen Publishing; 1st edition (August 27, 2018)
- Publication date : August 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 804 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 339 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1916448615
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #960,336 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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As time goes by, Grace uncovers more and more of the criminal elements of her sister’s life. It is riveting and a real puzzler.
Just as the blurbs in the Kindle version's About This Book, this gets truly worrisome for the protagonist. Is this going to turn out okay for her? Who is her boyfriend, really? My paranoia showing here. No more of a partial spoiler here, if anything. (Obviously as I write this, I have no idea of what or how this will turn out.)
The end came out of nowhere. I am absolutely slack jawed.
Wow. This is definitely one of the good ones. You must read it. You simply must.
Grace, the surviving twin, tries to unscramble how her sister, Glory, died and to figure out why Glory left her majority ownership of the restaurant with all its secrets. As she does this, she tries to be of service to Stephen, Glory’s husband, her two young nephews, and the family dog.
Glory is also of service to her parents. Mom’s post-stroke condition demands more attention than dad can provide without money to put her in a nursing home. How can Glory help without losing her moral principals?
The writing is tight, the action continuously suspenseful, and the information bombshells keep the reader rapt in the story. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy suspenseful novels written in the first person.
Great way to start a book, I had to know what came next, and I wasn't disappointed. Helen takes you on a journey of twists and turns throughout family drama, and emotional turmoil. The relationship between Glory and Grace delivers on all fronts, and all may not be what it seems. This is a must read! Enjoyed it immensely!
It is refreshing to read about a female lead character with strengths, weaknesses, self-doubt, and tons of resolve and resilience. Yet, it was the main character's "big finale" action what made me yell "Yeah!", surprising anyone around me. She almost became a real person to me!
Not to be overlooked, the author spotlights as part of the plot a very real and not-well-known human tragedy. It is an eye-opener and just for that alone this book was worth my time reading it.
I hope this is the beginning of a very successful literary career for Heleen Kist!
Top reviews from other countries
The author cleverly draws you into the drama and suspense with her use of believable, endearing characters and how they strive to live their everyday family lives, while coping with the constant struggles being thrown at them.
The short, well written chapters made this an easy to follow, fast paced read, as did Heleen's description and imagery which added detail, suspense and humour throughout. The drama is heightened by the constant surprises and twists in the story leaving the reader wondering about what could happen and how characters would cope. The novel concluded in an unexpected ending which didn't disappoint. Looking forward to Heleen's second novel!
We meet Grace who has just been handed the shocking news that her sister, Glory, has died in a car accident. Grace is distraught and she quickly steps in to help out with Glory’s children and Glory’s business, a vegan café in Glasgow. But as Grace begins to look into Glory’s affairs, she begins to see a clearer picture of the person who her sister was, and she learns some shocking truths. Grace soon finds herself in some very messy business which is going to prove tricky for her to get out of.
The pace never lets up in this book. I felt very sorry for Grace as she has found herself in the unfortunate position she is in through no fault of her own. Heleen kept the tension simmering away as I wondered what possible direction the book could take next. I feared that something terrible was going to happen to Grace and I could feel this sense of foreboding growing as Grace became more and more involved with what her sister had been up to. And she is soon in the sights of some very nasty people.
There are some very topical issues that are explored in this book, such as the refugee crisis and modern slavery. I thought the way that Heleen portrayed this in her book was very believable and Grace’s passion for helping people who are in this situation came across very strongly in her character.
As I mentioned before, Heleen kept me wondering if something was waiting to happen to Grace just around the corner, and there was a very shocking conclusion to the story. There was such a tense scene which kept me reading until I had turned the final page. I just had to know what happened.
In Servitude is a debut packed with tension and suspense that will keep you turning the pages. This is a must read for thriller loves and I can’t wait to read what Heleen writes next.
I have found in the past when I look back at the authors previous work that the first books are not as great as their latest work, but this is definitely not the case with Heleen Kist. This novel was also a thrillingly enjoy full read and I have now found myself another favourite author.
In servitude follows Grace the main character trying to work out how to get through her new life (her sisters life) after her accidental death… the novel starts by throwing you in at the deep end and your faved with the death of her sister almost instantly. Even though we had no prior knowledge of her sister and her life I found myself emotional over her death, that is just how brilliantly it was written… you can feel the heart-ache from Grace oozing from the words.
Grace was a very likeable character, she was a bit on the goody two shoes side but I loved how insistent she was about things that she could feel in her gut … her gut feeling was right all along even when it was proven to just be her grief … the insistence of Grace maintained a steady and interesting pace throughout the book ….
… until you were nearing the end and then BAM 💥
The pace quickened with a huge twist thrown in and there was no way I was putting the book down until I had found out what the hell was going on.
That’s when we found out the true colours of goody two shoes Grace, the ending started off so sad for her, I was actually pretty gutted with what I was reading and then Grace turned into some next crazy lunatic and I couldn’t believe me eyes.
Grace is a top class lady whose first thought was to protect her sister’s family from finding out what Glory had been up to her neck in! Glory had a perfect life, loving husband, 2 kids and a her own business so what had gone wrong. I can’t even imagine the bitterness and hurt that Grace was feeling.
This story makes you really think about every what if because it pushes family loyalties to the ultimate limit in every possible sense, with so many moral judgement calls and shocking disclosures, excuses and shift of blame. Grace was like a child seeing the world around her for the very first time and finding things out that couldn’t be forgotten.
I was continually shocked with how the story developed and loved how Grace found the courage to keep pushing for the truth even though inside she was anything but calm. Grace is a super character that you just know will never give up. A story that makes you wonder if you ever really know your family, close friends and even yourself.
The story is edgy from the beginning to dramatic conclusion. A superb debut from an author with a dark mind. Super excited to see what comes next from her.