Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Review: Bloodwalker by L. X. Cain

by M. J. Joachim

Mystery, thriller and downright creepy, Bloodwalker will definitely make your hair stand on end from the moment you start reading it, until you finally put it down. This isn’t your typical paranormal, zombie apocalypse type book. This story is about a Russian circus act, where something - many things actually, are going amiss causing readers to clutch their knees to their chests, yank on their hair and bite their nails. You simply don’t know who the villain is, but you’re pretty sure it isn’t this one guy, despite the fact that he could easily scare the bejeesus out of you. Then you’re caught up in a whirlwind as he leads the investigation, only to find out he’s under investigation, but primarily as a cover up for something so much bigger going on.

Delve into the world of Frankenstein cells and experiments gone awry, the Fountain of Youth has nothing on these old bags come to do their bidding. I didn’t see it coming, though I probably should have. I wanted to and I was ready for it, but everything was so normal in its abnormal reality until then, that it pretty much caught me by surprise. Cain creates characters that are engaging and believable, if not a bit over the top, yet grounded simultaneously. Touching on true to life themes like missing children, abuse and private community cultures that hide truths, so even the police and proper authorities can’t intervene on behalf of who’s guilty or victimized and who needs justice served vs. who doesn’t.

More than once I thought to myself, “This could be happening right in my own backyard.” More than once I was jolted to my senses as the paranormal aspects of the book revealed themselves and came to life. Yet, eerily speaking, some of the things in this book really do hit a little too close for comfort, and make you want to look over your shoulder when you’re out in public or doing yard work in your own front yard.

There were a few glitches along the way with this book, some technical difficulties as it were, most of which were readily fixed upon a bit of back and forth communication. I read the review copy; the final professional version is due out in early October, so if you like murder mysteries with a twist, you’re going to love this book.

Happy reading, writing and whatever else you do.

M. J.

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