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**This is a book review on The Sin Collector e-arc which I was kindly sent by Netgalley for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
The Sin Collector by Daria Desombre
Translated by Shelley Fairweather-Vega
Page count: 334
Genres: Crime Mystery/ Thriller
In this thrilling debut novel from Russia, a brilliant law student investigates a series of recent killings and uncovers the dark terrors of medieval Moscow.
Ever since the unsolved murder of her father, law student Masha Karavay has nursed an obsession with homicide cases. When she nabs an internship with Moscow’s Central Directorate Headquarters, seasoned detective Andrey Yakovlev gives her a file of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings that should keep her busy and out of his way. But when Masha discerns a connection between the crimes and the symbolic world of medieval Moscow, she has Andrey’s full attention.
This book grabbed my attention as I was scrolling through Net Galley one day, so far my Net Galley choices haven’t been as good as I’d hoped, but my luck changed with this book.
Initially, I felt like I could not get into this book at all, the Russian names and places kept tripping me up while I was reading and also the jumping between the point of views made it hard for me to get fully invested in the story. This was pretty much my thoughts for the first 20% of the book, thankfully after this, it really picked up.
In terms of characters, I really liked Masha and Andrey. The relationship between professional and intern, I think was really accurate. The fact that Andrey gave Masha a file of hopeless cases just to get her out of his hair and because Masha was genuinely interested and was wanting to impress her boss, she figured it out seemed really realistic for the setting. I really enjoyed their growing relationship although I do have a few problems with it.
So, the crime. The killer came as a full shock to me, to be honest, The character I thought it was turned out to be a victim and the actual killer was someone I never even thought twice about. So that aspect of the plot was very well written. The crime and mystery itself were really really different and interesting, I’ve never read anything like it. The combination of old Orthodox faith and medieval torture methods was so fascinating and the way Daria put everything together was amazing. It was really like pieces of a puzzle being put together very slowly to reveal the bigger picture.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a very solid murder mystery with a very intriguing plot. The only let down was the romance, I think it could have played out a lot better if it was left to develop over time.
I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of crime/ murder mystery fiction and I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next instalment in the series.
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