Sweet Sacrifice by Rebecca Griffiths @rebeccagriffit7

When a close friend disappears, Angela Milligan is convinced something terrible has happened to her. But unable to make anyone take her seriously and accused of overreacting, her certainty that her friend is in danger serves to alienate her from everyone and make enemies of the police. Until her friend is found murdered and Angela’s fixation with the man she believes is the killer leads her into a deadly trap . . .

Rebecca Griffiths has once again delivered a wonderfully compelling and twisty read that had me on the edge of my seat. Set in Cardiff, Sweet Sacrifice gets off to a shocking start and continues to keep the reader gripped as Angela Milligan tries to convince the police that she knows who murdered her friend. Unfortunately, the police believe that they already have their man, leaving Angela to go it alone as she investigates further. And the further she digs, the more danger she seems to put herself in…

Sweet Sacrifice is a book that will pull you within its pages very quickly indeed. The prologue sets the dark and atmospheric tone perfectly but then chapter one steps back in time to meet a young boy as he meets Julia, a child psychologist for his first appointment. I found this chapter quite chilling as the author had obviously done her research well and presented a realistic and compelling young character who scared the hell out of me! But how does this very damaged child relate to Angela and the events that happen in the present day? As we meet the supporting characters that Angela comes into contact with, it becomes obvious that the young boy has now grown into a very complex adult indeed…

Cardiff itself plays its part well as the city wraps itself around the characters and their daily lives. The sense of place projected off the written page to deliver a wonderfully visual perspective of life in the city and it’s inhabitants. I became completely involved and invested in those inhabitants so it came as quite a shock once events started weave together and build to that breathtaking conclusion. I was left wanting more as those individuals weren’t quite ready to leave me, even after I turned that final page.

If you haven’t discovered Rebecca Griffiths yet then I do highly recommend that you add her books to your TBR pile. She always writes so beautifully with a stylish and atmospheric feel to her writing that always elicits an emotional response of some sort from me. Sweet Sacrifice made me feel very uncomfortable at times but as with all good “car crash” fiction, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from it. Highly recommended!

Rebecca Griffiths grew up in rural mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland, she returned to mid-Wales where she now lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their four vampiric cats as black as night and two pet sheep the size of sofas.

Also by Rebecca Griffiths: 

The Primrose Path
A Place to Lie
Cry Baby
Sweet Sacrifice


‘There’s something of the tenterhooks tension of a Daphne du Maurier to Rebecca Griffith’s dreamy and disturbing domestic thriller . . . Griffiths has a superb handle on her characters and their twisting motivations, spinning out a story of memory and long-term consequence that grips from cover to cover.’ Waterstones

‘An increasingly tense narrative with stylish writing that keeps her a cut above most of her rivals’ Guardian 

‘Twisty, atmospheric and elegantly written, it has echoes of Daphne du Maurier with its shivering paranoia, fear and dread’ Daily Mail

‘A chilling thriller . . . brilliantly written’ Sun

‘Truly chilling’ Woman

‘Tense, intriguing, with a satisfying twist’ The Western Mail

‘Eerie and tense’ The Morning Star

‘Gripping’ Hello

‘Creepy’ Heat

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.