Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review - Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub

Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub
Series: Mundy's Landing #1
Publisher: HaperCollins - William Morrow
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Date Read: March 7, 2018
Length:  416 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret

The razor's gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There's only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins . . . a prelude to his ultimate victim.

Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley, Mundy's Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift brings Rowan's fears to life again.

The town's violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy's Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for, in blood.

My Review

This book was very well done.  I have had a review copy of this book for a very long time and really regretting the fact that I didn't read this one a long time ago.  I love a good mystery thriller and this book pulled me in right from the start.  I had such a good time trying to figure out how everything would come together and who the killer would be in the end.  I glad I finally decided to give this book a try.

I have to admit that some of my favorite parts of the book were the parts that let us in the killer's head.  I liked the fact that we get to meet the killer from the very beginning of the book and even learn his name very early.  His identity and everything about him was still a complete mystery to me.   The book isn't overly bloody but getting to really see the thought process of this killer really took the story to a new level.

Rowan is a teacher and mother of three in the town of Mundy's Landing.  She leads a happy life now despite a mistake that she made and put behind her in the past.  When a simple package shows up that could threaten everything, she tries to figure out what is going on.  Mick, Rowan's teenage son, leads the busy life of a high school boy.  He plays a sport at the school and works a part-time job where he is trying his best to be noticed by the pretty teen girl.  Rowan and Mick tell the majority of the story along with the killer but we do also get to hear from a couple of police detectives and Rowan's sister, Noreen.

There were times in the book that I did wonder where things were leading.  Honestly, I couldn't understand why Rowan was making such a big deal about things.  I kind of wanted to tell her to just move on but I had a feeling that there would be more to the story and there was.  It was really the killer's point of view that helped keep the story moving forward.  By the end of the book, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough because I had to know what would happen next.

I would recommend this book to others.  I liked how all of the pieces of this book came together to tell a very exciting story.  This book is the start of a trilogy but I really felt like the story in this book is complete.  I am not sure if I will be reading the other installments in this series but I do hope to read more from Wendy Corsi Staub in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins - William Morrow via Edelweiss.

Mundy's Landing Series
Book #1 - Blood Red
Book #2 - Blue Moon
Book #3 - Bone White
About the Author

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels. Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

22 comments:

  1. Nice cover! There's just something about blood on the white snow!

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  2. I read this author some time ago and remember liking her. That cover really grabs my attention!

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    1. I have read this author before but it has been quite a while. I did like this book quite a bit.

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  3. If it felt complete I'm curious to see what the readers think of the sequel

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    1. I have a feeling that the sequel will deal with other problems in the town of Mundy's Landing. I was glad that this book didn't end with a cliffhanger.

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  4. I enjoy a good thriller also, this sounds really good. I enjoyed your post about what you liked about it. Nice review!!
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  5. Well that is a creepy blurb beginning

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  6. I have this one and the second one and I really need to try them! Great Review.

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    1. I think you might like this one, Stormi!

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  7. Sounds intense. My kind of story.

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  8. I've read a few other books by this author and I think I have this one so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it! Rowan does sound annoying at times but I think I can deal with that!

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    1. It wasn't so much that she was annoying. I just couldn't figure out why she was making things out to be such a big deal.

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  9. It's interesting when you can get inside the bad guy's head, too. Glad you enjoyed it overall :)

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    1. I love it when a book shows us the killer's POV. It definitely get bonus points for that.

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  10. Thank you so much, Carole, for the wonderful review!

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    1. You are so welcome! I really enjoyed reading this story.

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  11. I have had some books in for review for a very long time as well. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It stinks when they're stinkers :)

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    1. This one was really good but I am sure I have a few stinkers in my pile of old review books.

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