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Stolen Souls (Jack Lennon #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  521 ratings  ·  84 reviews
It is snowing, she's barefoot, but Galya runs. Her captors are close behind her, and she won't go back there, no matter what. Tricked into coming to Belfast with the offer of a good job, all she wants now is to get back home. Her only hope is a man who gave her a cross and a phone number, telling her to call if she escaped. She puts herself at his mercy, knowing she has no ...more
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This time Lennon gets caught up with Lithuanian mobsters and sex trafficking. I've read several of these NI thrillers and when immigrants from the former USSR, or Eastern Europe are featured, they wonder how they ended up in a place that is worse than home. The intricacies of NI society and history baffle and maybe even bore them. This story is well wrought, and Lennon comes off as a hero, rescuing trafficked women, and trying to balance his job with caring for a young daughter who his in-laws w ...more
Ann Collette
Thanks to Stuart Neville's snappy prose and snappier pacing, cliched characters and a predictable plot are turned on end, with the result being a zippy if forgettable take on familiar material. Investigating a murder, Detective Inspector Jack Lennon stumbles across a case where a young woman from the Ukraine has been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery in Belfast. And if that weren't enough bad luck for the woman in question, she finds herself rescued from forced prostitution by a serial kill ...more
STOLEN SOULS. (2011). Stuart Neville. ****.
Neville is yet another terrific thriller writer from Ireland. This is his third novel, and continues his saga of Belfast cop Jack Lennon. This time out, Lennon gets involved with a group that brings in women from Latvia and forces them to become prostitutes. One of them, however, manages to escape from her captors. Her name is Galya Petrova, and she made the trip from Kiev to Brussels to Belfast. Her expectations were that she would work for a well-to-
Gloria Feit
After two previous harrowing D.I. Jack Lennon novels set in the time of the Troubles in Belfast and Northern Ireland, “Stolen Souls” centers instead on the subject of sex trafficking. A young woman lured from the Ukraine with the promise of working with a family, teaching its children English, instead ends up in a brothel from which she escapes only to wind up in mortal danger at the hands of a madman.

To get out of the brothel she murders the brother of a powerful gangster, setting off a chain o
Susan Johnson
You'd think that Northern Ireland had enough troubles without importing them but that's exactly what happens in this fast paced, action packed thriller. Lithuanian gangster, Arturas Strazdas, has set up a scheme to con young Eastern European girls into coming to Ireland for high paying jobs such as nannies but are actually turned into slave call girls. One of the girls, Galya, has some gumption and murders Strazdas' brother and escapes. Unfortunately, her "savior" puts her into an even scarier ...more
Having thoroughly enjoyed Collusion, Stuart Neville's second novel, I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review a proof copy of his third and latest novel, Stolen Souls and what a page-turner it is!

Galya hoped for a new life in Ireland, a better life than her old existence in the Ukraine but she soon finds herself enmeshed in the grimy underworld of Belfast, on the run from Lithuanian gangsters. The man she thinks might save her has other plans for her "salvation" but she won't give up wit
Fazit: Mit "Racheengel" hat mich der Autor sofort überzeugt und ist auf meine Lieblingsautorenliste gewandert. Denn dieser Thriller ist nicht nur spannend, sondern vermeidet auch Klischees bei den Charakteren. Alle Figuren sind interessant gezeichnet und vermutlich wird so mancher Leser über bestimmte Charaktereigenschaften erstaunt sein, denn vieles hätte man so nicht vermutet. Dadurch ist es nicht nur die Spannung, die einem beim Lesen vorantreibt, sondern auch die interessanten Figuren laden ...more
This is the third thriller written by Stuart Neville and he does it very well. He is able to combine that genre very successfully with a good degree of character development and background. His characters are memorable in the midst of all that fast paced action. Excellent writing and enjoyable reading. His series should be read in the order in which they were written to get the most out of it, starting with the excellent The Ghosts of Belfast.

I would put Neville's books a good notch above the r
Kit Fox
Neville's first novel was mind-blowingly amazing and still one of the best recent crime novels I've read in years; by comparison, I was a little let down by the followup mostly since it came in the wake of such an amazing beginning. His third book kinda splits the difference, but skewed a little towards the second. Kinda wasn't nuts about it becoming a cop procedural series, especially since his original protagonist was such a fascinating character. Will probably stick with this series for a lit ...more
I've been a big, big fan of Neville's but this third book pales in comparison to the other two. I found the plot to be utterly confusing, with far too much going on between far too many people, with one gaping hole in the story (hit me if you want to discuss--avoiding a spoiler.) This one is also the most brutal and graphic of the three. I don't necessarily have a problem with that, it just took me somewhat by surprise.

I'm curious to see what he comes up with next, but I was not, sadly, in love
I think that my expectations for the Jack Lennon series were perhaps a little too high. Reading The Final Silence first created a false impression of what the rest of the books might be like. Ghosts of Belfast, while a huge departure, was also excellent. Sadly, Collusion and Stolen Souls don't quite live up to the high bar set by the other two books.

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I'm a fan of Stuart Neville's writing, his exploration of post-Troubles Belfast. The main character of the two most recent books in this series, Jack Lennon, is a fascinating and terribly flawed individual, not someone it's easy to like or even understand, but conflicted, complicated.

My problem with this book was the serial killer. There was already enough going on--police and political corruption, Eastern European criminal gangs, a young woman sold into prostitution--to fill the book entirely.
Billy Buttons
yes this book was good. I never read stuart nevilles books and thought this gripped my attention on every chapter. The chapters were short and made me want to read the next one to see what happens next.
Again not as good as the first book in the series The Ghosts Of Belfast, but still quite an adrenaline ride, as was the second book Collusion. The whole book takes place in the span of a few days including Christmas, and has Policeman Jack Lennon in the crosshairs again this time with some well connected Lithuanians. I only wish all of the loose ends of this series were finally tied up in this book- I don't want to give away anything. If you read one set of books make it this series; The Ghosts ...more
I was fortunate enough to recieve a copy of this book through the First Reads program. Thanks Goodreads!! Stolen Souls is the third book in the Detective Jack Lennon series (after The Ghosts of Belfast and Collusion). I gave the first two books five stars and was tempted to give this one four since I didn't feel that it had quite the intensity of the others. After some reflection, however, I decided that the first two books were so extraordinary that it would have been nearly impossible to repli ...more
Ian Young
Stolen Souls is the third novel from Stuart Neville to feature Jack Lennon. Stolen Souls is set in post-conflict North of Ireland, theoretically at peace but with members of paramilitary organizations continuing with various criminal enterprises. The previous books in the series dealt mainly with the aftermath and consequences of various IRA actions, but in Stolen Souls the subject matter is different, dealing with trafficking of prostitutes by Eastern European gangsters and their collaboration ...more
The disgraced detective, haunted by his troubled past, always at odds with his superiors, almost always a recovering alcoholic, either divorced or widowed. It’s a cliche so worn that it no longer feels like a cliche. It’s a literary technique that is supposed to make us care, but I’ve grown numb to these bores and their self-pity. A reader can barely pick up a mystery or thriller without running into one of these guys or, occasionally, gals. That’s why, when I see the words “A (fill in a catchy ...more
A young Ukrainian sex slave escapes from her captors only to find and even greater horror awaits her.
Soon after the brother of a Lithuanian crime boss is found dead, three of his business associates are murdered. Detective Inspector Jack Lennon must work quickly to stop the situation from spiraling out of control while trying to find the young woman who may hold the key to the brutal killings.
Stuart Neville is by far one of the greatest crime fiction writers I have ever read. Starting with “
“Stolen Souls” by Stuart Neville follows Galya Petrova, a Ukrainian teenager brought to Belfast, Ireland under false pretenses and made to work as a call girl after working on a mushroom farm, as she murders her very first client—Tomas Strazdas, the brother of the man who runs the whole ring—and escapes from the two thugs assigned to guard her, before getting herself into yet more trouble.

Parallel to Galya’s escape, we follow the story of Detective Inspector Jack Lennon, as he is assigned to inv
Kathleen Hagen
Stolen Souls, by Stuart Neville, a-minus, Narrated by Gerard Doyle, Produced by Audible Inc., Downloaded from

Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into
the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors
- and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. As the traffickers
After having read Ghosts of Belfast and Collusion I was expecting this book to have been up to those exacting standards. In my opinion this book was not. In the previous books, while a bit far fetched, I could accept the paranormal theme relating to little Ellen and Gerry Fegan. However, I had a hard time believing Ellen's "feyness" in this book. Also, D.I Lennon does not seem to have grown as a character - he is still stumbling around in his personnel life and is indecisive. It becomes boring a ...more
I recently had the pleasure of reading Stuart Neville's novel "Stolen Souls". The plot settles around a sixteen year old Ukrainian girl who was raised on a farm. Recent family financial problems force her to seek employment in order to help her family avoid losing their farm. Galya, the Ukrainian girl, believes she is accepting a job teaching English to a Russian family living in Belfast, Ireland. The ugly and terrible truth is that she has been sold to a brothel and forced into the world of hum ...more
Set in Belfast, Ireland, a young woman from Lithuania named Gayla is coerced into coming to Ireland thinking she'll have a better life as a nanny. However, she's put into hard labor at a farm and then sold into prostitution. When the people running the house of prostitution try to force her into sex acts and one of them is drunk and about to rape her, she kills him in self defense.

Two men were in the home of the murdered man, Tomas Stazdas. They fear his older brother so try to dump his body in
There has been a subset in crime fiction called Tartan Noir .This growing group of writers have changed the face of British crime fiction in many ways. It is darker, more violent but with some black humor thrown in. I found one reference to Irish Noir in a Google search. If you follow the link you will find that there is a "boom (or at least a boomlet anyway) in Irish Crime fiction."

Stuart Neville is a good example of that growing boom of Irish noir crime writers and one of the more recently pu
Rutul Gandhi
A book that starts off kinda slow to introduce the characters, but the end is so fast-paced I found myself flying through the pages.

Now, I won't go into the synopsis, because that's readily available in the book description, but I will talk about my opinion of the story - without any spoilers. I always enjoy a story about a good serial killer, and this one doesn't disappoint. That being said, there wasn't anything about him that distinguished him a lot from other serial killers - as in he doesn
That rating should read 4.5 stars.

Galya is a girl from Ukraine, tricked into coming to Ireland with promises of a good job, she found herself slaving on a mushroom farm before she was taken into Belfast to be groomed into becoming a hooker.
When a Lithuanian gangster tries to force himself on her in order to “break her in”, she kills him and shortly afterwards finds herself on the run from his friends who want their revenge. Afraid and in a city where she knows nothing and no-one her only hope i
A. Mary Murphy
This third installment in the DI Jack Lennon series is less focussed on incorporating aspects of the Troubles in the plot, and so is less specifically concerned with Irish issues. Instead, Lennon deals with two particular types of crime that can happen anywhere: gang-related drugs and prostitution and predator crime. Each of the three novels can stand alone quite easily, and Neville includes expository bits to help a reader connect the dots. I was disappointed in the momentary appearance of a ch ...more
Ed Mckeon
Another sleepless night hacking away with a winter respiratory virus, helped me finish this in two sittings, over two days. Unfortunately, the concentration on post-Troubles corruption in Belfast, and in the Northern Ireland police force, is only partially the focus as a serial killer (Belfast's first, because, during the troubles, anyone could find a reason to kill anyone else and blame it on politics, religion and factionism), which, occasionally strains credibility. That being said, it's an a ...more
Only gave this novel 3 stars because of the following:

The plot was somewhat old having been told and re-told by countless authors before. It's really old hat to have an Eastern European woman 'sold' into prostitution and be saved by a seeming good man who isn't all that. That dissapointed me, as Neville's first novel - The Twelve was such an original idea.

The plot does rely heavily in parts on what happened in Collusion, which is fine unless you read the latter when it first came out and cannot
Is it possible to wish a page-turner will not end?

That is one of the dilemmas the very talented Mr. Neville presents. While the plot kept me moving, speeding to the end, I wanted to spend more time with such a well-written book.

I enjoy the white knight he has created in Jack Lennon. I like the moral ambiguity he faces both in his own actions and in those of his nemesis, Dan Hewitt.

This is the third book I have read by this author. It is very good and easily as good as his others. I was most am
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I have been a musician, a composer, a teacher, a salesman, a film extra, a baker and a hand double for a well known Irish comedian, but I'm currently a partner in a successful multimedia design business in the wilds of Northern Ireland.

I have published short stories in Thuglit, Electric Spec and Every Day Fiction. THE TWELVE is my first novel, and will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Ha
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