Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / In the Blood / Ruth Mancini /



Release Date-1st May
Publisher-Head of Zeus
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

‘If you loved Apple Tree Yard, you’ll love In the Blood. Totally gripping and compelling – perfectly crafted’ Sarah Flint, author of Mummy’s Favourite.

In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child – and then leaving him to die.

The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging – she’s had a troubled upbringing – but does that mean she’s capable of murder?

Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she’s been drawn into a dangerous game.

Unsettling and compulsive, In the Blood is a chilling study of class, motherhood and power from a new star in crime fiction.



In the Blood


In the Blood by Ruth Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-1/5/18

This was a fabulous read that totally kept me guessing from the second I started right up until the final pages.
The story centres around single mother and criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman.
Trying to juggle her work life with the care of her disabled five-year-old son.
A case that’s seems very close to home for Sarah lands on her lap.
Ellie a young mother is accused of poisoning her infant son a fact she vehemently denies and Sarah upon taking the case starts to push the boundaries of professionalism as she becomes drawn into and more emotionally involved than is perhaps wise.
So this was brilliantly narrated with so many twists and turns it certainly kept me on my toes throughout.
With rich believable characters, this is one of those bite your nails to the quick books, where you are left in the dark guessing until the very end.
I did kinda suss the ending here but never mind that; it didn’t actually take away from my overall enjoyment at all.
“In The Blood” was completely amped a non-stop race to the finish with the eye on the main prize and an intriguing mystery woven into its very centre.
To say I was shocked by the inner mechanics of some individuals brains is a bloody understatement.
Bloody brilliant sleuthing.
I also especially loved the underlying thread of Sarah’s story on top of the main focus.
Getting a window into her everyday struggles and insecurities was quite the journey of discovery actually giving us a story within a story; nice touch.
This was such an entertaining read that I can totally recommend.
So I was provided with an ARC of “In The Blood” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.



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