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"A great start to Carmichael's Bad Blood series!"

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0C8BRJYN4
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 329 pages
  • Genre:  Crime Fiction Thrillers

The BookViral Review:

Taut, corrosive and compelling, Eva Carmichael’s latest release has the galvanic appeal of her previous release “A Twisted Mind” in its portrait of a twisted and savage criminal. Smartly put together, with interesting characters, in many respects, Bad Blood Rising is a conventional thriller but it’s much more densely plotted and intelligently scripted than the majority of new releases these days.

There’s a lived-in believability about Bad Blood Rising’s depiction of how the morally corrupt and the criminally rich intersect. Unlike the majority of today’s crime genre releases it certainly feels unique and sets itself apart from the majority of new releases in its stark refusal to paint its dominant character, Karl Maddox, as likeable or indeed anything other than the vicious and unprincipled sociopath he is.

He’s a cruel, sadistic man and it’s impossible to find any redeeming qualities. He’s obsessed with his indulgent bubble of money, booze, and power and has no aspirations beyond his criminal life as he revels in the brutal realities of murder, revenge and retaliation.

There’s a lot here to feed crime-fiction enthusiasts but as with Carmichael’s “A Twisted Mind” her narrative’s captivating details are in the wider character arcs. These include Karl’s wife Erica who has learnt to navigate her sinister husband’s moods, Chief Superintendent David Glendenning, an amoral police officer with an expedient streak of self-aggrandizing, Karl’s long-suffering henchman Joe who has learnt to chart a perilous course through Karl’s world of debauchery and Charlotte who becomes the catalyst for shocking acts of vengeance and Karl’s ominously shifting fortunes!

Told in two parts with timelines a couple of decades apart each character arc finds Carmichael confidently negotiating a twisted web of deceit which makes the morally corrupt tone of Karl’s dealing all the darker whilst Carmichael’s inherent sense of story structure ensures the suspense rarely wanes as we hurtle towards a powerful and perfectly pitched denouement.

An absorbing read from the start with writing that is crisp and deeply layered, Bad Blood Rising proves a great start to Carmichael’s Bad Blood series and is unreservedly recommended.

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