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on Sep. 20, 2011 :
Watching this through many eyes makes it so exciting to try to figure out who is the murderer. There are so many suspects that fit into the guilty category that it keeps you guessing from the first murder. This fast paced game of cat and mouse is inventive and imaginative with very vivid scenes sketched out for you.
I was really intrigued to figure out how all the things linked together and who was responsible for the devastating and cruel manner in which some were taken. I was in the dark up until the end and loved every minute of it. Great book.
Recommended for Mystery/Horror lovers.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 07, 2011 :
Bloodletter reminded me a bit of an early serious Bones episode, minus the super nerdy forensic bits and dreamy David Boreanaz. It had a fast pace, lots of twists and turns to keep me guessing and a handful of lead characters with a good dynamic but who could use a bit more development.
Kelly Garrett is a criminologist. She and her team are investigating a series of gory murders where the killer appears to be toying with them. On each victim the killer hides a “clue” in the form of a commandment of his own making. In addition to this high profile case, Kelly is also receiving troubling phone calls, dealing with fiancé troubles and experiencing flashbacks to her own troubled past. Poor Kelly has a lot on her plate and the reader gets to know her pretty well during all of this turmoil. The same can’t be said for many of the secondary characters who show up either as victim, potential suspect or friend, take up a bit of face time, but either aren’t overly important to the story or aren’t fully realized. If a few of these characters had been omitted and more time spent on the core characters I may have felt differently. As written though, the book felt like a whirlwind of characters and I had to take notes to remember who was who because my pea brain could just not keep up.
The book speeds along at a good clip and never slows down. It has a decent amount of blood splatter and gore but doesn’t go over the top. I enjoyed being kept guessing and was surprised by the reveal at the end but after thinking about it realized the author threw in a slew of clues along the way, I was just too dense to put it all together. I’d definitely give this author another shot and wouldn’t mind following Kelly and her team as they track down more criminals.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 27, 2011 :
Well first off I have to say if you ever wanted to know the Ten Commandments, when you are done this book you absolutely will. Now weither or not you believe in them or not is your choice, but after reading Bloodletter I think you will find yourself wanting to follow them more if you don't already. Espicially if you believe even just a little bit in the Grim Reaper.
Kelly Garret is a criminalist and the daughter of a retired Chief of Police. I really liked Kelly's character, she is a stronger well put together lady, she is pretty, loves her job, has some great friends, and her gourgeous fiance just gave her a beautiful diamond ring. On a daily basis Kelly's job has her trying to get inside the minds of the criminals most wanted in her city. Until she one case sets him/her apart from the rest of the worst criminals she has thought she has already seen. This is by far anything more horrific and gruesome than she has seen so far in her career. Now it is up to Kelly and her team to try to figure out who or what is commiting these bloody and very brutal murders, and try to piece together the clues left behind by a rutheless killer. Not only does Kelly have to try to figure out who/what is the killer, when the distrubing phone calls start, the killer tells her she is being watched and she needs to be careful.
I can't tell you anymore without giving spoilers and this is such a great book I don't want to do that. All will be revealed when you read it and yes this book is a total must read. I have to say I don't usually go outside of my comfort zone when it comes to a good murder mystery, I usually like to read Dean Koontz or Stephen King and even a good John Saul at times, but lately I have been stepping outside and expanding my reading areas and I am sooooo glad I have or I wouldn't have had the chance to read Bloodletter.
If you like chills running down your spine, well lock your windows and doors before sitting down to read this one, because it's gonna scare the hell out of ya!!! Oh and turn on the lights too, I didn't and my black cat came around the corner and well I almost *#$@ my pants LOL. This book will give you the creeps like no other I have read for awhile. Just when you think you have it all figured out, no way you don't, Angel throws twists and turns at you at every turn of the corner, and if you thought you have the killer figured out...you really don't.
I would like to thank Angel for allowing me to read Bloodletter in exchange for my review, I cannot thank you enough Angel this is a book I will recommend to all. I hope you all will pick up your copy......if your brave enough Muahhhh.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 09, 2011 :
Kelly, Nina and Chad are criminalists with the Nakeita police department. The book opens with them looking for clues around the body of a young woman who has been sexually assaulted and murdered. While still trying to find the assailant/murderer, they are called to another case – this one a very strange murder. A young woman, owner of a daycare center, has been viciously murdered and dismembered. Among the clues left at the scene is the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”; written in the victim’s blood. This is the first murder, but it won’t be the last – and as each scene is explored, another message comes to light.
To increase the tension, Kelly begins to receive disturbing phone calls from a menacing-voiced man, telling her she should be careful, and that he is watching her. Between the calls and the murder cases, Kelly’s tension rises, and she begins to have flashbacks to a frightening event from her childhood, where she was beaten almost to death – a memory she had suppressed for 20 years. Will she be able to work through the stress and discover who the Bloodletter is?
I’ll say one thing for this story – it kept me guessing, and I was taken completely by surprise by the dénouement. There are a lot of twists and turns thrown in, and the pace is relentless. There are a lot of red herrings salted throughout the story as well, which will keep even the most seasoned crime solver uncertain. The reason it lost a star was that the author tried to fit in too much within too little, if that makes sense – there are lots of characters, and she tries to give the reader some insight into each of them … whether it really fits into the story or not. If the book were expanded, and some of the subplots given more room to breathe, it would have worked better. Or, alternately, just skip some of them – there were a couple that really didn’t add much to the story except to give us some insight into what ended up being a fairly minor character or two.
But I did enjoy the story overall, and fans of thrillers and suspense novels should find something to enjoy in this story as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 04, 2011 :
Kelly Garret, Bloodletter's primary protagonist, is a criminalist living and working in the town of Nakeita. She seems to have it all= a great job, awesome friends, a loving boyfriend... until she realizes that her current case is starting to hit a little too close to home.
There is a serial killer out there that is using the Ten Commandments as an excuse to brutally murder those who don't uphold them, or at least the version of them that the killer has created. Kelly and her team are forced to go into overdrive in search of this sadistic killer, all the while Kelly is battling flashbacks from her childhood. What really happened to her as a child? Did her mother really die in a car accident? What about this case is making her relive what was once forgotten?
Bloodletter is a chilling murder mystery that has you guessing until the very end. Written in third person, there were perhaps too many characters to keep up with in the beginning, but they eventually evened out towards the middle of the novel. There is a distinct beginning, middle and end however, at times, I didn't feel that the plot flowed properly; it was a slippery slope, balancing Kelly's flashbacks, random comments from her father (that I later realized weren't so random after all), and the serial murder case that she and her co-workers were trying to solve.
If your're in the mood for a good thriller, with a big creep factor added in, then Angel Haze's Bloodletter is the novel for you! The author did a marvelous job of creating a unique story, with great characters and an ending that definitely through me for a loop!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on June 27, 2011 :
Angel sent me this book to review and I have to say I am glad because I really enjoyed this book.
As a fan of Criminal Minds and C.S.I this book had the analisis of the criminal behaviour and the lab parts.
The main protagonist is Kelly Garret a criminalist in the town of Nakeita, she's a good cop and is the daughter of one. At first Kelly seems to have a perfect life: good friends, a good job and the man of her dreams, but these killings will dig up pieces of her past long forgotten.
The best friend is Chad, a cute and professional fellow policeman and Kelly's childhood friend.
The bad guy, is of course the killer, but just maybe there might be more than catches the eye.
The best part of this book is that allthough you can guess who the killer is, you always have a few options and it's not until the last couple of chapters that you actually confirm who it is.
The relationships in between the characters was well written and while sometimes tragic other times it was also funny.
I love the cover of the book as it gives you an idea of what you will find inside.
As for the ending, well I think it was open so there's a distinct possibility that we might here more from Kelly and her friends in the future. I hope so :)
So thank you Angel for giving me the opportunity to read your book and I'll keep an eye out for your new books :)
I give it 5 out of 5
(reviewed within a week of purchase)