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Review | Small Sacrifices | L.E. Luttrell #CrimeFiction

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about Small Sacrifices by L E Luttrell on the Rachel’s Random Resources Tour.


I loved Small Sacrifices which is set in Australia and is the third book in the Detective India Hargreaves series.

Ella Gibson is stuck in her husband’s family home away from the coast and her family in Windsor with her five-year-old boy Joshua. She dreams of the limelight and is constantly reading about celebrities and wishing her life had more excitement.

A local prize winner was yet to claim their ticket and remembering her husband bought lottery tickets, she searched the house for the tickets and went into town to check the numbers. Ella was astounded that her ticket included the 55 million dollar Powerball jackpot win. Without thinking she blurted her win with the others in the shop.

During interviews with the press Ella let her son play outside and discovered him missing soon after. A letter arrived which asked the Gibson’s for a ransom in exchange for their son.

Detective Hargreaves and her team investigate Joshua’s kidnapping. As time passes they discover the saying don’t judge a book by its cover is a way to describe Ella. She has a back story which explains her behaviour.

An emotional story which I found to be written really well.  Although part of a series it’s also a great stand-alone novel and I read it in a few days.  I loved it was fast-paced with a few twists and turns.

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L.E. Luttrell was born in Sydney, Australia and spent the first 21 years of her life there before moving to the UK. After working in publishing for a few years she trained as a teacher and from the 90s spent many years working in secondary education, although she’s had numerous other part time jobs.  A frustrated architect, L.E. Luttrell has spent much of her adult life moving house and renovating properties. Although she has written many more ‘books’, Small Sacrifices, is only the third of her books to be published. More will follow.

She currently lives in Liverpool, Merseyside – although if it hadn’t been for Covid 19 she would have been with family in Brisbane, Queensland.

Qualified as a Sleep Consultant, Dyslexia Therapist, Reiki Master, Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness Practitioner, my passion is for sharing anything that will make life easier. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind.

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