Book Review: Flesh and Blood (Simon Cheshire)
Release Date: March 2nd 2015
Summary (From Goodreads):
I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another.
I am just adoring all the books in the Red Eye series. I’ve read two so far and gave them 4 and 5 stars, and this book did not disappoint. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, and finally received it as an early birthday/cheering up present from my partner. It got bumped straight to the top of my TBR pile.
I’d say it started a little slow for me, with more of a mystery feel to it than a horror at first. I had no idea where it was going to go, and was guessing constantly – vampires? zombies? insane murderers? – but never guessed right!
The story is told in first person through Sam’s eyes, almost like a report of events, and he occasionally foreshadows events with comments along the lines of “If only we’d known…perhaps I could have stopped it…” etc. While I did enjoy his perspective of events and the honesty with which it was told, there was a part of me that thought, “well, things can’t be that bad if he’s been able to survive everything and write it all down.” How wrong I was.
The story really turns into horror when Sam and his friends enter Bierce Priory and discover the secret the Greenhills are hiding. I won’t ruin it here, but some of it was truly horrific and I think I read faster so I didn’t have to dwell on some of the awful things. It was truly grim.
I really felt a sense of hopelessness towards the end: every time I thought of something Sam could do to get out of the mess, that path was blocked and it became more and more obvious that the Greenhill’s influence was too wide to escape. The ending (again, trying not to spoil anything) was oddly numbing. When I finally realised why Sam was able to write down his account of events, and what was in store for him, it was his calm acceptance of it that creeped me out more than anything else. He was resigned to his fate, his senses dulled a little by drugs, but he knew there was no chance now of escape. This felt more awful than if the author had gone on to describe what the Greenhill’s had in store for him.
This is another horror hit from the Red Eye series and I really can’t wait to read another from them. Anyone looking for a creepy, spine chilling read should check out this book and the others in the series.