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Perfect Kill

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Another addition to this consistently entertaining series.I think it helps if you have read its predecessors but it is easily good enough to read as a stand-alone novel.

It is to the authors credit that she is able to maintain such a high standard. Highly recommended.
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Another cracking read from Helen Fields, who never disappoints. Gripping from start to finish and very dark in theme. Enjoyed catching up with Ava and Luc again.
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Perfect Kill By Helen Fields 
This is the first book I've read by this author,  and I don't know why she hasn't been on my radar until now.  
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written thriller. I loved the two main characters,  Ava and Luc. After reading this book, I definitely want to catch up on the series.
At times I couldn't turn the pages fast enough,  to see how the story would end. 
This thriller is fast paced,  and very enjoyable.
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I loved this book. I have read the other books in the series and they do not disappoint. I love the characters and the story is always well written. Loved it
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Helen Fields has written an entire series of "Perfect" books.  I have them all and am reading them in order.  They are all very good.
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This is the sixth book in the series featuring DCI Ava Turner and DCI Luc Callanach and the most gruesome of plots involving human trafficking for the purpose of selling organs.  Luc is on secondment in France and Ava, his ex lover and boss, is in Edinburgh and is on the case involving the disappearance, in suspicious circumstances, of two young men and a young woman.  Luc then becomes involved in the case as one of the bodies turns up in France but they never could have imagined what horrors were waiting them in this case.  Ava and Luc have a very complex love/hate relationship which continues in this book.  The book takes some very dark turns exposing the vulnerability of people in different ways.  It is very gripping and full of tension and a brilliant read.
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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I love returning to see what this pair are doing Luc and Ava are characters you feel could be your friends, and this book was no exception.  
A very well written easy to read book which Im always disappointed to finish as I never know what to pick up next 
Already eager for the next offering from Helen Fields
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I've been following Helen Fields' D.I. Callanach series since its fourth installment, Perfect Silence. I was immediately gripped by the characters and the intense plot Fields wove. For me Perfect Crime only improved in these areas and I wondered how she would be able to top herself. Perfect Kill is, however, on a completely different level. Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I want to take a moment at the beginning of the review to talk about the beauty that is a well-crafted detective book series. Too often, series feel the need to ramp up the tension and action, no matter what consequences that might have for the characters. It's similar in TV shows and films. How often can you put someone through hell or have them punched in the face before they simply can't get back up? The good series don't just allow for lasting consequences of trauma, they work actively with them. Part of the reason why The Hunger Games and Divergent series were so popular was because its protagonists carried their trauma openly and had it inform their next steps. I've always found that the D.I. Callanach series similarly tries to allow trauma and stress to be a part of Ava and (especially) Luc's character arcs, supporting their growth from book to book.

Perfect Kill is a tough read. Although each of Helen Fields' D.I. Callanach installments so far have dealt with heavy and difficult topics, Perfect Kill is very much a culmination of all of them. With Ava Turner in Edinburgh and Luc Callanach in Paris, both find themselves drawn into the same case when the kidnapping of Scottish youths coincides with the arrival and trafficking of Eastern European women. The main theme of Perfect Kill, then, is exploitation and abuse. Some of this is very violent, as we're given an insight into the horror by the narration one of the trafficked women, which means Perfect Kill might not be for everyone. I found certain parts of the book tough to read but I was also very glad that Fields didn't sugarcoat anything. For those with a weak stomach, there is also a bit of a warning attached to this book, as there is some explicit talk about surgeries. On the more serial aspect of Perfect Kill, the novel focuses a lot of Ava and Natasha's friendship, as well as the fall out between Ava and Luc after the revelations at the end of Perfect Crime.

I have reached the point where Helen Fields is now at the same level as Elizabeth George. The moment I see either of their names, I know I will be reading the book it is attached to. Fields explores new depths in Perfect Kill, with characters plummeting to new depths of despair and terror. She finds the right balance between allowing for the horror, while also bringing in lighter moments as a reprieve. Many of these lighter moments come from the side characters that continue to delight me in every installment. Moving back and forth between France and Scotland allows for a bit of suspense, as the reader begins to suspect how linked the two cases really are. As always, Fields nicely ties up all the story lines towards the end of the book, except for the continuing tension between Ava and Luc. This better not be the end of the D.I. Callanach series because although I adore the tension, I would love a resolution!

The D.I. Callanach series is a pleasure to read and Perfect Kill is no exception. Fields delivers the thrills, the twists and turns, but also the emotional punches and character development. Get into this series as soon as you can!

This review will be live on A Universe in Words from 7/3/2020
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Absolutely enjoyed from start to finish, u didn't want the book to end. Highly recommended, if you like books that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
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Punished DI Luc Callanach is temporarily sent back to France to investigate a possible human trafficking ring and in Scotland, mentally wounded DCI Ava Turner follows up to an increasing murder count. The pair soon realize the two cases are linked and must reluctantly work in tandem to end this killing spree. This is the 6th installment in this series.
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I love the "Perfect" Ave & Callanagh series by Helen Fields. I think if I could delve into the mind of any author she would be high on my list. This book was truly horrific, the research must have taken her into some really dark places because it was just twisted! Hunger Games eat your heart out, I nearly had to stop reading because of the horrific atrocities the poor Romanian girls endured. 

The relationship between Luc and Ava is frustrating and beautiful and raw and has me screaming at the pair of them. I also really love Lively as a character and I hope he develops his relationship in the next book with Elenuta. I definitely think you need to read the books in order to truly understand the characters and how they develop over the series however. there are only a few references to the previous novels so you definitely could read it as as standalone if you really wanted to. 

I highly recommend this whole series and Helen certainly hasn't disappointed me in the latest installment. i was up half the night reading this book in one sitting, a must for anyone who loves modern, gory, psychotic crime thrillers! I'd like to thank Netgalley for the ADR copy of the 6th installment and am already on the look out for the 7th.
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‘Perfect Kill’ is the sixth book in DI Callanch book series by Helen Fields.

Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim. Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed… DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland. With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…

I have read all of Helen’s books including her courtroom suspense drama and I’ve enjoyed them all, their tense, gruesome and really concentrate on the darker more twisted side of the human nature and her latest book is no different. But for me in all honesty, I found this book to be most unsettling story that I’ve read in a while, so much so that I regularly had to put it down.

The story focuses on the harsh reality of human trafficking as well as human organ harvesting and is seen through the narrative of Bart who finds himself kidnapped and in a strange country, whilst Elenuta has come to Scotland looking for a better life and is captured by a Scottish criminal who sell women for prostitution as well as competing in cruel games where women are pitted against each other to race to safety. As it’s a DI Callanch series, Luc is working in France for Interpol and Ava is working in Scotland, but even though they are in different countries, the sexual chemistry continues to sizzle between the pair of them as they struggle with new feelings for each other.

From the very first scene, this book is an intense and cruel story. The treatment of people particularly women is disturbing, from the sexual, physical to the psychological torment that the women are exposed to for gratification and for money, is truly haunting and to think that the circumstance are realistic to real life, makes the story even more terrible. The story is graphically written and Helen doesn’t hold back with the descriptions of the treatment that all parties are exposed to, including the police.

Although the book is part of a series, it could be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all the books in the series, as DI Callanch and DI Ava Turner are interesting duo, as the handsome and charismatic french man and outspoken Scottish woman.

With a strong plot that is well researched and informative, ‘Perfect Crime’ is a complex and disturbing thriller, that made for gripping reading but is most certainly not for the faint hearted!

You can buy ‘Perfect Kill’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
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Bart has gone missing, his mum knows something bad has happened because Bart is a good boy and wouldn't just disappear. Ava and Luc are soon working on different cases, in different cities not dealing with the elephant in the room. The cases take a dark turn, human lives at risk, big money and people who will kill everyone before giving up what they perceive to be theirs.

This isn't an easy book to read in that it is so dark, the very worst of humanity, people using human beings for their own gratification. Murder, death, rape, trafficking is only the beginning, it is not for the faint hearted. Graphic, violent, shocking, dark, brutal - Fields has a way of dragging you in and keeping you gripped from the get go. If you have been with the books since the beginning you also have the added sideline story of Ava and Luc.

Quite a bit of emotive moments in the book too I found, when you are reading about characters going through so many horrific things, situations, experiences you can't help get a bit caught up in it all. I have read the previous books in the series and I cannot wait for the next, 4.5/5 for me this time.
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Another great book by Helen! This has fast become one of those series where the next book is always on your to read list. Every chapter has you wanting to carry on to the next one, even more on this occasion because it swapped between different interlocking events. If you haven’t read a book by Helen, then I highly recommend that you do and that you start with book 1. Characters are great, writing is easy to read, all round great series of books.
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I love this series by Helen Fields.  We have our Scottish Detective Chief Inspector Ava Turner that is looking into a missing person.  She is working with her French (boyfriend) Callanach being a liaison officer to Interpol temporarily looking into a person found with missing body parts.  Soon they realize the two are connected.
There is just the right amount of action included to make the story great.  You love the characters and want Turner and Callanach to get together.
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*My apologies for the delay in writing this review as I was rushed to hospital two weeks ago and then had surgery last week and now I have clots in my leg and lumgs, and I haven't been up to reading or reviewing since.*

When I requested this book I didn't realise it was part of a series. In fact upon requesting, I had this author mixed up with another "Helen" and thought it was her latest release, so I was a little confused when I began to find I was in Scotland rather than the Lake District...with totally different characters. The fact this is the sixth book in a series made it a little confusing to connect with the characters because they already have so much history that I was not privy to. But it was an interesting premise, to say the least.

Set between Edinburgh and Paris, PERFECT KILL focuses on two cases that are drawn together, seemingly somehow linked when a DNA test returns a result to a missing Scottish boy. Bart Campbell wakes in a completely dark place with no idea where he is. Bound but not gagged, he has been kidnapped after finishing his shift the night before and when his mother wakes in their flat, she is puzzled to find he hasn't returned home. He is then reported as a missing person when he fails to return.

A young woman escapes her prison, running through back alleys and banging on doors for help. Only to find the door that opens to her is one that is on the payroll of her captors and she finds herself dragged back to the life she had not come to Britain for.

DCI Ava Turner wakes next to a colleague she had taken to her bed on a whim, regretting it instantly, while still pining for Luc Callanach. She receives a call to attend the scene of a very gruesome murder, shortly followed by a call from Luc. DI Luc Callanach was seconded to Interpol in France as part of an ongoing investigation into human trafficking and black market organ transplants.

Luc and Ava soon discover that their cases are linked, bringing Luc back to Scotland where the two are faced not only with their respective cases, but their feelings for each other.

I think I would have best appreciated PERFECT KILL had I read the previous books in the series, although the crime is a standalone story, the backstory to the characters are not.

In all, PERFECT KILL is a gritty thriller that is gruesome and graphic and suited best to those who like their crimes on a more distubring scale.

I would like to thank #HelenFields, #NetGalley and #AvonUK for an ARC of #PerfectKill in exchange for an honest review.
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It’s been a while since I’ve read a police procedural type novel and it took me even longer to get round to reading this one. All I can say is shame on me - this was a brilliant entry back into this genre as well as Helen Fields’ works and I’ll definitely look out for her others. Given this is the sixth instalment of this series, I did feel that I wasn’t as connected to the characters and aware of their backstories as I could have been, so perhaps it would be better to start at the earlier novels in the series, but other than feeling less engrossed in Luc, Ava and Natasha’s lives, this did not prevent me from poring over the case. The storyline is amazing (although it feels somewhat questionable to say that about one so wretched). Perfect Kill is an engrossing, gritty and, unfortunately, accurate insight into the world of trafficking; it is hard-hitting, making it easy to feel compassion for each and every one of the victims. Fields’ knowledge of both the subject matter and the locations covered does not go unnoticed and adds so many realistic layers to the plot. Other than it all coming oh-so-cleanly together at at the end (but would we want it any other way?) I really enjoyed this book - 4 big stars. 

*I received an advance review copy of Perfect Kill from the publisher through NetGalley.
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What can I say I will read anything Helen Fields writes I love the perfect series and have recommended them to anyone that would listen - and many listened and are also hooked.
I love the two central characters and how they have developed over each book.
Needless to say Perfect Kill does not disappoint. I know the word page turner is banded about so much but in the case of this book (and the previous) it is totally true. To say much would give it away but  grab a copy and read the only warning is you will not be able to put it down!
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The Luc Callanach series is one of my favourites  and I always look forward to the next instalment.
This one didn’t disappoint - a brutal and sometimes uncomfortable story of prostitution and organ harvesting.
Luc is still in France with Interpol and Ava in Scotland. When a young Scottish man is found dead  in France with all of his internal organs missing, Ava and Luc have the task of finding out what has happened.
Alongside this is the story of Elenuta, who has been lured from her homeland with promises of a good job and the means to provide for her family, but has in fact been trapped in a world of prostitution and misery.
The story was very cleverly told, intertwined with the on off relationship between Ava and Luc - this time however, they are united because of Natasha and a devastating illness.
Looking forward to the next one already!
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I'm a fan of Perfect Crime but Perfect Kill made me hands down to you, Helen Sarah Fields!

I was not prepared with the twist of this thrilling and gut-wrenching story. Wow! 

The plot was unbelievable mind-blowing! Ava and Luc is still the best tandem! 

Hopefully, in the seventh book, our hearts will finally be joyful.

Thank you to Avon Books and Netgalley for the ARC!
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