Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of IN THE BLOOD by Lesley Walsh.
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books who gifted me an early copy of IN THE BLOOD. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
Are you looking for a breathtaking crime thriller full of shocking twists? Then try the gripping and unmissable In The Blood.
Grace Dobbs, a champion at her local gun club, lives a quiet life in Western Australia with her mother.
But when a violent spree killing in the neighbourhood sees Grace come to the rescue, she is catapulted into the limelight as a local heroine.
However, her fame spreads much further than the local town, bringing her to the attention of someone in Britain who is very keen to meet her.
But what does this person want? And can they be trusted?
As Grace travels to England to discover her true heritage, she is about to learn the real meaning of danger.
So, want to know what I thought?
Never have I felt such respsonsibility to ensure that a review I write does justice to an authors work. Learning that Lesley sadly passed away in 2017, there was an immense amount of pressure…what if I didn’t enjoy the book?
Turns out that this pressure was bollocks and I needn’t have worried. I LOVED this book! From the first chapter when we are introduced to Grace in the most awful of situations, we are drawn into an international cat and mouse story while Grace tries to discover and reconnect with her past.
I was surprised at the level of violence in this book – which is no bad thing! I enjoy a bit of violence in my crime novels. From the beginning of the story, the violence escalates as we learn more about the mystery surrounding Grace’s background. There are many layers to each of the characters which makes you question their motives and what they are saying.
The biggest surprise of this story for me was Tony. I’m just going to leave that statement there. When you read this book (because you REALLY should!), all will become clear and you will have the same reaction as me of “WTF?!”. Aside from Grace, his is the most interesting of character development.
IN THE BLOOD is a credit to Lesley as an author and a novel that both her and her family can and should be proud of!
About Lesley Walsh;
Lesley Welsh was a freelance writer whose work appeared in numerous UK magazines over several years, including Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. She later teamed up with her editor partner to run their own London-based magazine publishing company Moondance Media until 2008.
She moved to Spain, where she began writing novels, and working as a publicist for a charitable organisation which helps fund shelters for victims of domestic violence.
Her first novel, (published under her own name, Lesley Ann Sharrock) The Seventh Magpie, was published in the USA in 2012.
She then changed genre and, as Lesley Welsh, her debut crime novel, Truth Lies Buried, was published to great acclaim by Thomas & Mercer in June 2016.
Lesley went on to write The Serial Killer’s Daughter, which was published by Bookouture in June 2017. At her untimely death, Lesley had just completed a further novel, In the Blood, which is now available with Bloodhound Books.
You can buy IN THE BLOOD from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)
Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Waterstones
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