Sacrifice by Hanna Winter – Blog Tour Review


Welcome to my turn on the Sacrifice blog tour. I’m pleased to present my review.

Sacrifice is published by Manilla/Bonnier Zaffre on 30 June 2016 and is available to buy here

What is Sacrifice all about?


He must hunt her down. Kill her. Destroy her . . .

In her very first case, criminal psychologist Lena Peters is confronted with a killer on a murderous vendetta. And though she is unaware, Lena will play a prominent role in his deadly mission, because Lena knows what makes killers tick – she also knows all about obsession, for she has been close to the edge herself.

For now she is the hunter, but soon she will become the hunted.


My thoughts

Sacrifice is a promising debut by German author Hanna Winter. It has been translated into English and is the start of a series.

Psychologist Lena Peters has moved to Berlin, with her cat. She has a new job, as a profiler with the police. There is a sadistic and predatory killer, removing body parts from victims, at work in the city of Berlin. Unfortunately Lena finds herself on the wrong side of her boss, the erratic Volker Drescher, once too often. Lena get the sack. When she recognises one of the victims as an old school friend, it all starts to get personal. She is determined to capture the killer. She teams up with a retired detective, Belling, after an accidental meeting. Can she identify the killer? Has the killer already targeted her? Is she safe in Berlin?

This feels very much like the start of a series, like an author finding her feet and setting characters in place. We meet Lena and get to see how she thinks. She is almost what you would expect; slightly damaged, single and bad at relationships, with a complicated family history. Lena loves her cat though, which redeems her slightly in my eyes. It is only when she teams up with Wulf Belling, the ex-police officer and her computer nerd neighbour Lukas, she starts to come into her own. She is hunting a killer. I feel like we have only just touched the surface with Lena and her capabilities.

Now I love a good serial killer. I really do! This killer is at his most interesting, when we see him stalking his prey and incapacitating them. Nice touch! Not a man, I would hope to encounter on a dark night. I would have liked to have known more about the killer; to feel more outrage, more disgust, just more everything. I wanted his thoughts and his inner dark world. I ended up slightly distanced from him, hoping that he would shock me.

It will be interesting to see where this series goes. Lena shows great deal of potential as a character and I love the setting of Berlin. I was drawn to her and her side kick. This is definitely worth a read, if you are in the mood for a serial killer thriller.

Sacrifice Blog Tour







About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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