A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick (Review)


I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

‘If the city was a beast, I had penetrated its very centre. Seen the heart, in which was a thirst. If the city was a beast, it was now, for a short time at least, a sated one, bloated and content with its offering of blood.’

It is 1944 and Paris has just been liberated. Charles Jackson stumbles upon a man who seems to be drinking the blood of a young woman and he runs. Years later he returns to the city and he sees the man he saw seven years earlier, with a woman. He decides to follow them both and eventually falls for the fascinating woman and gets soon dragged into the mystery which shrouds the man.

I am going to start this review by saying this is not what I expected. I expected there to be a paranormal aspect. How wrong I was. I really did love Marcus Sedgwick’s Blood Red Snow White, and I this is the third book of his that I have read, including White Crow, and both times I have been surely disappointed. Neither is as good as the first book of his I read and my expectations were very high going into both of them. I really did not like A Love Like Blood. It was sadistic and horrifying, so if you want a book with these things then I do suggest you give this book a go. However, for me, it just was not my cup of tea. The book revolved too much around blood, and It just freaked me out, and It was very disturbing to read.

I did not like Charles. He was too obsessed about the man, despite his life being put in danger, and also despite putting others life in danger. His friends, the woman he loved, his family, and the lives of people he passes. Yet he does not care. He chases the man determined to find the truth about him and he just will not let it go. He was told numerous times by his friend to drop it, because it was not worth it but he just did not listen. He was safe at one point, he was wealthy, but his drive for answers and revenge ruined all that and, ultimately, cost him his life, but not in the sense of death.

The end was horrific and I really did not like it. But as I said before, it may be your type of thing if you are looking for horror mystery, but it just was not my type of book.

MY RATING: ★☆☆☆☆


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