Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub (thoughts)
"From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret
The razor's gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There's only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins . . . a prelude to his ultimate victim.
Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley, Mundy's Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift brings Rowan's fears to life again.
The town's violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy's Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for, in blood."
This book! Oh my goodness but this book had me on the edge of my seat for the entire time that I was reading it. I've read a lot of mysteries and thrillers this year but it has been awhile since I read one that focused on a serial killer (which always tends to creep me out more than other types of books). Let me tell you that I was creeped out by this book from almost the very first page. What made this book unique though is that there were actually parts of the book told through the eyes of the killer. We knew who he was to a certain extent although we didn't know why he was so focused on Rowan or why he was doing what he was doing. Those questions and the fact that Rowan didn't know what kind of danger she was really in ratcheted up the suspense level for me and made this book yet another one that I just didn't want to put down.
This book was both fast paced and intense which really helped to bump up my enjoyment level of this book. Told from multiple viewpoints, all of the different storylines helped even more to make this book a page turner for me. I cannot emphasize enough how hard it was for me to stop reading this one! And the way that the author tied them all up to make for a completely intense, heart-pounding.....wow! Just wow! I feel like I had figured out a few pieces to the ending but there were enough surprises left for me so I couldn't complain. I'm left completely excited to get my hands on the next book in this series? Oh my goodness- it is going to be a series! I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Overall, this was a book that I couldn't help but read as fast as I possibly could just because it was so intense. It was dark, creepy, and gave me the shivers multiple times but yet I didn't want to stop reading. This was the perfect time of year to read this book....I always crave thrillers when fall comes around. And this fit the bill perfectly! Easily recommended but with the warning...you might want to sleep with the lights on afterwards.
Bottom Line: A great read for this time of year!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this thanks to the publisher as part of a Pump Up Your Book tour.