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{Review} Blood Secrets by Craig Jones

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

by Craig Jones
Published by Valancourt Books on June 2016 (reprint)
Genres: Dark Fiction, Horror
Format: Audiobook
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When Irene Rutledge, a brilliant and beautiful young graduate student, meets the mysterious and fascinating Frank Mattison, the two soon fall in love and marry, despite the warnings of Irene’s family and friends. But after their marriage, dark secrets from Frank’s past emerge to threaten their happiness, secrets that will lead to murder—and a shocking and horrific conclusion...

When things begin, Irene is currently on trial for murder. The story immediately shifts back to a time when Irene was a college student without a worry in the world. She was beautiful, thrived on attention and had her pick of sporty guys. When a new guy arrives on the scene, one decidedly not her type (he has skinny legs and dresses funny), who treats her with indifference, she decides she must learn more about him and insinuates her way into his life.

The rest of the story is a big delicious simmering stew of super nasty little secrets and I loved it because,  might be a little nosy.

Blood Secrets is more of a dark family saga than a straight up horror novel but there is evil here, for certain, and I felt pretty damned uneasy through all of it. It twisted and turned me all around and I could not stop listening. I love nothing more than a book that surprises me, has great characterization and dishes out its secrets in small steady doses. This one does all of that.

My only caveat has to do with the narration. The narrator was a bit stilted and way too sing-songy in her delivery. I kept hoping she’d ease into the reading and work out the kinks but it didn’t really happen. Her reading style also felt very old-fashioned to me. I don’t know if this was done deliberately because the book was originally written sometime in the ‘70’s but it didn’t really work for me. Still, the strength of the book kept me and held me until the very end and I can easily recommend it.

If this is you your cat:

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Than is this ever the book for you!

About Craig Jones

Craig Jones was born in California and grew up in Michigan. He earned a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Drama & Cinema from New York University. He has taught high school English (in Brooklyn), worked as a copywriter for Barnes & Noble’s Catalogue, written book reviews for a Connecticut newspaper, and served as a caregiver for two longtime friends. He lived in New York City for twenty-three years, in rural Connecticut for ten, and now resides in his home state. His other two novels are Fatal Attraction (not the basis for the film) and Too Late To Be Good. He is currently completing a new work.


Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.

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