Title: Thin Blood
Author: Vicki Tyley
Blurb: Craig Edmonds is a successful businessman who reports the disappearance of his wife, Kirsty, after he wakes up with a hangover. What starts as a typical missing person’s case soon evolves into a full-blown homicide investigation when forensics discover blood traces and dark-blonde hairs in the boot of the missing woman’s car. Added to this, is the revelation that Craig’s is having an affair with the victim’s younger sister, Narelle, and he had recently purchased a $1,000,000 insurance policy on his wife’s life. He is charged with murder but, with no body and only circumstantial evidence, he walks free.
Ten years later Jacinta Deller, a newspaper journalist, is working on a freelance story about missing persons, when she comes across the all but forgotten Edmonds case. She discovers her boyfriend, Brett, works with Narelle and she is now married to Craig Edmonds. Jacinta thinks she has found the perfect angle for her article and makes arrangements for Craig and Narelle to come over for dinner. Soon her life is turned upside down, when she becomes good friends with Narelle, some bodies are found and the focus is again on Craig for murder.
My Thoughts: Many of my online friends have been raving over how good Vicki Tyley books are, but I have only just got around to reading one for myself. Why, oh why, have I waited so long?THIN BLOOD is Vicki’s debut novel and I am glad that there are at least four more for me to read as this one grabbed me from the very first page.
I have to tell you that it is written so well that I suspected just about everyone at some stage, there was no way Vicki was going to let you figure out the end until she was good and ready to let her readers in on the plot!! There were more twists and turns than I would of thought possible and all of them set in a great story that encouraged you to actually care for the characters.
The main character is Jacinta and I had a love/hate relationship with her character, starting out disliking her but changing my mind as her character grew. Jacinta went from being a self-seeking, care for no one to get her story person, to someone who realised she had a heart and wasn’t meant to be cut-throat, no holds barred, investigative journalist. She started off by using her boyfriend to get access to Narelle and Craig for no other purpose than to get her story, this is when I disliked her. Gradually she does become torn between her professional life and her instant bonding Narelle and becoming friends. Now she wants to prove Narelle innocent and protect her from the investigation. As the events heats up and danger increases Jacinta still can’t back off and let the police do their job. Telling them what she knows may have helped solve the case quicker. Overall I really enjoyed THIN BLOOD – there was main story of the missing wife, then then the sub plots to do with two bodies found in a forest and Jacinta’s childhood. The chapters were short and snappy. There were some surprises, especially at the climatic reveal at the end, but nothing from left field, definite tension with some occasions spent on the edge of my seat. I recommend you read this if you like mysteries that grip you but don’t overwhelm you with blood and gore.
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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.