It’s Dark Reads stop on the Blood List Blog Tour! I’d like to start by thanking Anne, Random Things Tours and Troubador Publishing who provided me of a copy of the book as part of the Blog Tour.
Be sure to check out the other blogs on the Tour!
About The Book
Think the Lake District is a lovely place to visit? Think again. A Psychological & Chilling Thriller set in and around the fictional town of Kirkdale in Cumbria. One by one the young women of Kirkdale are being found grotesquely murdered, with no clues as to why.
Lying between the great lake Kirkwater and the base of Kirkby Pike, although beautiful, Kirkdale isn’t exactly the most exciting place on the planet. But after young reporter Jenny Flood moves into the relaxed Cumbrian town, it sets a catalogue of events in motion that brings this comfortable community to its knees.
When middle aged G.P. Charlotte Peterson discovers Jenny has followed her from Bradenthorpe, six years after a fling with her philandering doctor husband Miles, it stirs deeply buried mental health issues from her youth. In the run up to the Kirkdale country show, the arrival of this third and most recent adversary triggers the already edgy and emotionally scarred Charlotte into finally stepping over the edge. Her longing to destroy Jenny has been on a slow and very resentful burn for years, now the reality of achieving that presents itself as a genuine possibility.
Can journalist Andrew Gale protect new colleague Jenny, girlfriend Gina and her best friend Molly from the psychotic GP’s insane agenda? How will sarcastic ex Met. Officer Harry Longbridge deal with Andrew’s continued interference?
Then there’s the unexpected arrival of an American mystery woman. And just who is on the Blood List?
Dark Reads Review
Well, what a great debut novel from Ali Carter!
This is the first Crime Thriller I have read in a while and I wasn’t disappointed! I couldn’t put it down. Although this is a fairly long book it was fast paced and flowed brilliantly.
The story is set in the fictional town of Kirkdale in Cumbria, a usually serene beautiful place to live, until Jenny Flood arrives in town, an ex-lover of Dr Charlotte Peterson’s womanising husband Miles.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
I really liked the characters in this book, they were all very believable and down to earth, with little individual quirks. I think Andrew, the local journalist was my favorite.
Surprisingly I didn’t hate Miles, even with his complete disregard for his wife and their marriage. This was probably due to how much I disliked his wife Charlotte, even though her psychotic break was ultimately caused by Miles’ actions. My contempt for her completely stopped me feeling any empathy for her. There was one heart-breaking scene in the stables, if you have read this you will know exactly what I mean, but even then, it wasn’t HER I felt bad for.
There are so many twists and turns in this story, you know who the murderer is from the onset, but there are lots of unanswered questions that leave you guessing what is going to happen until the very end!
I can’t wait for the sequel. I NEED to know what happens next!!
The Blood List had a little bit of all of the things I love; gruesome murders, a psychotic antagonist, mystery and some humor for good measure.
If you are a fan of Gritty Psychological Crime Thrillers, this one will not disappoint!
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Troubador Publishing (11 Oct. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1789015707
- ISBN-13: 978-1789015706
Get your copy here
About The Author
Ali Carter was born in Surrey in 1958 and moved to East Anglia in 2003, settling just outside King’s Lynn 4 years later where she currently lives with her husband, 5 dogs and 6 cats. (Yes she knows the dog/cat thing is a bit mad!)
She originally found some success in writing poetry in the 80’s and 90’s, but inspiration for her debut novel ‘Blood List’ came after the Shipman case hit the headlines – a few years later the dark and deeply psychotic G.P. ‘Charlotte’ was born. The full story took its time in completion however as there was a very long period of writer’s block about three quarters of the way through the book. It was an author friend who finally persuaded her to pull it out of the laptop and finish it, for which she will be eternally grateful. At the time of writing, a sequel is in its infancy which she sincerely hopes won’t take another 12 years to come to fruition!
Ali is also a proud mum to two grown up sons, and an extra proud nanny to her adorable granddaughter, although at only 5 she won’t be reading ‘Blood List’ anytime soon!
She hopes you will enjoy her first long awaited thriller, and you can follow Ali on Twitter and on her website.