Blood Money by Charlie Gallagher

34675178Blood Money is a fast-paced, thrill ride of a book that leaves you guessing until the very end.

When Tony Robson gets tragic news about his son, he goes to extreme measures to save his child. As a parent, the book made me think about what lengths I would go to for my family. Tony is likable and brave, good qualities in a protagonist.

There are other dramas wrapped up in this as well. Sally, a young drug addict, battles for her life and the life of her friend. She, too, is brave and likable. In fact, I enjoyed her story more than that of Tony’s. From the blurb, it isn’t clear that she would be the central focus of the novel, but she is. If I had one complaint about the book, it’s that the description doesn’t match the actual plot as well as it might. Tony is more of a fringe character. Not that this lessened my enjoyment of the book, but it did confuse me at first since I thought he was meant to be the central figure.

I was also somewhat taken aback by the ending since some of the threads were left hanging. True, a lot of it was wrapped up really well, but I had a sense that there was more to follow. I believe, however, that this book is part of a series, so it’s quite likely that the characters will continue on.

Blood Money is a very enjoyable thriller, and I would definitely read more of this author’s books.

Thanks to Joffe Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

Kiss of the Sun: a thriller

27208831Kiss of the Sun by R. K. Jackson is a twisty, turny thriller that always leaves the reader guessing. The characters are smart and interesting, and the setting is vibrant. Most of it (especially a vivid description of a chase through an underground cave) kept me on the edge of my seat.

However, as much as I liked the book, the second half of it didn’t interest me as much as the first. The first half was well-paced and the buildup made the book impossible to put down. The second half, on the other hand, seemed rushed. In fact, in some places, I wondered in parts were missing. It’s not that the book was confusing, but more that it was too hurried. When I finished reading, I walked away feeling cheated.

Maybe my reaction stems from the fact that I did not read the previous book in this series. Because I enjoyed the setting and characters of Kiss of the Sun so much, I do intend to read the first book.

[I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.]