by Simon Cheshire
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Published: 2nd March 2015
‘”There’s lots to learn. I mistimed the man in the park. I had to leave the body or I’d have been seen by the dog walker. The training period is a thrilling time for the family. You know, a tradition, one generation handing over to the next.”‘ Loc. 1715
Title: Flesh and Blood
Author: Simon Cheshire
Published by: Little Tiger Group
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 2.5 Voodoos
I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another. A chilling new story in the Red Eye series.
This is the third book from the Little Tiger Groups Red Eye collection that I’ve read. I wanted to love this one as much as I loved Frozen Charlotte or at least as much and I enjoyed Sleepless but Flesh and Blood and I started out on the wrong foot. I picked it up thinking it was going to be a pre-zombie apocalypse story, and for the most part it came across as perhaps it would go in that general direction but then it u-turned! This is not a pre-zombie apocalypse story.
I feel a little mean with my rating because I think, if I’d had a better idea about what the story was actually about then, I would probably have enjoyed it more. It had a slow but steady build up of suspense and suspicion, which any other time I would have really enjoyed, but unfortunately, in this case, it only irritated me because I couldn’t figure out what was actually happening.
It was written in an interesting post-event’s way. It never gave away the ending but it gave you an eerie foreboding feeling which was intriguing. I wish I had felt more of a connection to the main character, Sam Hunter but I just couldn’t connect to him, and when it all started to kick off I just couldn’t care enough to feel anxious or worried. I did however feel very annoyed when he ran away… even with his justifications I couldn’t find it in myself to forgive his actions, and it left me with a sick feeling in my stomach.
The one thing I think I would have liked more of would be further character development of the Greenhill family. I found them intriguing and creepy but you only really saw them at the end of the story. They weren’t really involved much before the end, they were more observed from afar which was a little disappointing.
I think I can come to the conclusion that this book was good, it just wasn’t for me. I feel it does warrants its place in the Red Eye collection as many people will find this a thrilling read.