Blood Day by J.L. Murray
Warning: Contains a lot of violence and gore.
Blood Day by J.L. Murray follows three humans and a rouge Revenant living in a world that’s been taken over by Revenants after a blackout. Humans are no longer in charge, the Revenants took everything, including the children, and no one dares defy them. Not even when they demand blood donations, not when the Revenants turned the entire country into junkies, or hired Movers, humans that work for Revenants to kidnap junkies and criminals. Humans live in fear, not of the Revenants, but of the Movers, and that’s where our story begins.
One of the three main characters, Sia, is a musical prodigy, but after her husband disappears, she turns to Slack, and is picked up by the Movers. She’s taken to an experimental hospital to be cured, but the Revenants have something more sinister planned for her. Mike Novak was a journalist. Now, he prints whatever the Revenants say. When he types up and prints an expose on the Revenants, he’s suddenly on the run, trying to stay out of jail. Viv was a doctor and mother. Now, her son is gone, and she has a job purify blood for the Revenants responsible for her son’s disappearance. All three are barely holding on to their sanity, and when the rogue Revenant, the one that all other Revenants fear brings these three together, he’ll put into motion a series of events that just might change the human’s situation. But he’s hiding a lot of secrets and can’t guarantee everything will go to plan.
This book is fantastically written. We switch perspective between Viv, Sia, and Mike every chapter, and the author really developed separate voices for all of the characters, even the supporting ones. I really enjoyed watching these characters develop, and they all took on surprising roles. They all have a big hand to play in the ending, and I’m not sure who surprised me the most. Maybe Vivian. This author knows how to write strong female characters, and there were quite a few lines that had me smiling, especially when she put men in their places. There were also a lot of strong emotions that the author handled beautifully, not overdoing them at all. The many plot twists kept me reading late into the night multiple nights in a row, and the author built up the tension to the ending in a dramatic way.
I didn’t find any issues with the writing, which was refreshing, and thought this was an engaging, chilling, immersive book.
My Rating: 5/5
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