Hello, readers! I was sent an ebook copy of Bad Blood by E.A. Owen last month. This is my first review where an author reached out to me, and I am so appreciative that the author reached out to me! I always add the disclaimer to avoid the plot synopsis for thriller books. I think the plot synopsis for this book gives away way too much of the beginning of the book, so I am encouraging you to skip it altogether.
**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!
Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.75
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 178 pages
Publisher: Twisted Karma Publishing
Published: May 3, 2018
Plot: Mary calls her life a nightmare, but the pain has only begun… And Mary will not be the only victim. Mary was born into an idyllic family, her mother and father a storybook couple, but her parents were killed by a drunk driver when she was 12. She grows up to marry a man who betrays her, and her teen daughter, victimized by a family friend, gives birth to twins.
And that is only the beginning of an entire family’s descent into a series of catastrophes that amount to more than can be blamed on just the ill-winds of fate, including the greatest sin imaginable, committed unwittingly and born of nothing less than true love.
Mary wonders how life can be so cruel early in the story, but when she is old she discovers both the complexity of the web of which she is a part and the terrible truth. The many characters relationships are revealed as fate brings the survivors together, some bound by blood and love and all of them bound by a curse.
This is a tale that will horrify you and pull at your heartstrings by turns. The main characters suffer in the extreme for reasons beyond their control, but they never fail to love one another.
Review: This debut novel is a very quick read with an interesting twist. The book starts with Mary’s account of her childhood and leads up to a tragedy she and her family experienced. The beginning was a little slow for me, and I felt like some of the family history was a little unnecessary. It could have been condensed a bit.
When Mary is an adult, her family is put through yet another tragedy when someone she loves and trust betrays her, and her daughter suffers the consequences. Mary is trying to move on from her past, and we are introduced to two teen characters who are facing their own set of tragedies. I was really lost when we suddenly switched to new characters without any warning, but I pushed through and continued on. The ending ties up everything for you, but I wish there had been more warning, like maybe label the change in characters to “Part II,” or something similar.
Final Thoughts: Overall, I thought the story was unique, but the writing style was distracting to me. The writing is the reason I gave this three stars instead of four stars. I did not see the twist coming at first, but looking back, I should have predicted it! I was so distracted by other things happening in the story, but I think that is a good thing. I prefer not predicting endings! You can read this novel on Kindle Unlimited too, so if you are a subscriber and like a good family mystery/thriller, I encourage you to check it out.
Thank you so much for reading my review!