Blood Pond by D.J.Manly ~ Book Review by Beverley

You know if a book is titled ‘Blood Pond’ and it isn’t about Vampires there will be a mystery, and I love a good mystery.

Blood PondTitle: Blood Pond

Author: D.J.Manly

Publisher: Amber Allure

Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Ten years ago, August Greystone’s adolescent brother was brutally murdered and dumped in Blood Pond. And the one person he is sure can identify the killer is on the run…
Bruce Monkton can’t escape the horror of what he experienced the night his friend, Tommy Greystone, was slaughtered in front of his eyes. Although Bruce somehow survived the vicious attack, he is still fleeing from shadows, from the haunting memories and his own demons, so the last thing he wants is to come face-to-face with his greatest nightmare—the older brother of his dead boyhood crush, the man desperately seeking closure to his brother’s murder.
August has given up everything, including his career as a law enforcement officer, to locate Bruce because he’s sure the young man is the key to helping him find what he seeks. But can Bruce really aid August when it comes to locating the elusive killer, or will the answers to the mystery be buried forever at the bottom of Blood Pond?
NOTE: This story was previously published with the ISBN: 978-1-92046-817-0. This reissued version of the story has been revised and re-edited

My View:

This story is a mystery, a murder mystery. It also has a touch of – if not exactly romance – finding love, thrown in for good measure. I say that flippantly because I don’t think the ‘L’ word should have been in this story.

This is a story about a brother, August seeking answers concerning his younger brother’s murder ten years before. August is also seeking redemption for having failed to show up for Tommy‘s birthday, and maybe saving him from his grisly fate. August has been tracking down Bruce Monkton, who he knows was with his brother when he died and can provide the answers he seeks.When he finds him he sees a very fragile persona, which you can understand if he was involved in a murder in any way when young. What part, if any, Bruce had to play in Tommy’s murder and why he is so terrified and mentally fragile is revealed as you progress through the story. Bruce’s reluctance to see his own Mother and why he wasn’t reported missing ten years ago are just a couple of intriguing questions to be answered.

I liked this book very much and DJ Manly’s writing was clear and easy to read, which makes for a more satisfying result in a mystery. I like my mysteries to have stories that confound me not a style of writing that does. This mystery keeps you guessing until the end. I thought I had the solution worked out and then another twist, very enjoyable! It is a bit grisly when the murders are described but this adds understanding to the strength of Bruce’s terror.

There are two reasons I didn’t give this story a higher rating, firstly I didn’t think love needed to feature, it felt shoehorned in. Sexual attraction I could understand and growing feelings, especially under such intense circumstances, but love seemed out of place in the story. Of course a different reader may disagree. The other reason I shall just refer to as the last twist. It didn’t make me have that ‘Oh no!’ reaction I think the author wanted, I just felt confused.

All in all though, a lovely little mystery with intrigue, twists, sex and a tiny bit of gore. Definitely worth a read.

Buy Links

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Amazon US
Amazon UK
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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