The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series.
The body of a baby is found in the woods. But all is not as it seems…
A twisted serial killer is targeting young, pregnant girls.
Senior Investigating Officer, D.I. Gary Blood, must use all his powers of deduction to bring to justice the most sadistic murderer his force has ever seen. A killer unlike any he has hunted before. But Blood has problems of his own. Can he stop his private life interfering with the case?
To find the killer Blood needs to understand the motive. But this is a place full of secrets, where dark pasts lie buried.
Will Blood catch The Crochet Hook killer before it’s too late?
The truth is closer than you think.
Blanket of Blood is the first book in a series of D.I. Gary Blood crime novels written by Eileen Wharton, and what a fantastic start to a very promising series. In Blanket Of Blood we meet D.I. Gary Blood he’s your typical crime thriller detective he drinks too much, sleeps around and his personal life is a mess, but despite all his foibles, I found him to be an engaging and a very likeable protagonist. This book is not one for the faint hearted, it’s pretty graphic in parts, when a body of a baby is found in the woods, and a twisted serial killer begins to target young, pregnant girls you know it’s not going to be a pretty tale. Throughout Blanket Of Blood we get snippets from the serial killer himself, which gives a chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human mind, and believe me this serial killer is one twisted individual!
Blanket Of Blood is a very dark and chilling read, but the author manages to add a touch of humour by creating original and very believable dialogue between characters, which balances out what could have been a very dark and depressing read. There are interesting Parallels with real criminal cases, which make the plot unfortunately very plausible in parts. There were a few sub plots that really didn’t add to the story, but that is just a small criticism and in no way distracted from a compelling and disturbing read. As the investigation intensifies, so does the pace and we see a different side to Blood as he tries to get ahead of the killer.
By the time I had read 70% of Blanket Of Blood I can honestly say I was no closer to working out who the killer was than when I started, so this certainly added to my enjoyment of this book, I just hate it when you work the plot out early in a book! There are enough red herrings to lead the reader astray, and my imagination was working overtime as I tried to piece this well plotted puzzle together, I failed right up until the killer was revealed, which is very unusual for me and well done to the author for managing to keep me on tender hooks until the heart stopping conclusion.
Eileen Wharton the author has produced a dark and gritty debut crime novel, chilling in subject, well paced and darkly disturbing, I will certainly be looking to read the next in the D.I.Blood series when it’s released. A promising start to what I hope will become a long running series.
My thanks to Shell Baker over at Crime Book Club and Eileen Wharton for my review copy in exchange for a honest review.
4☕️☕️☕️☕️ out of 5
Print Length: 349 pages
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (1 April 2016)