Title: Blood Will Out
Author: Jo Treggiari
Genre(s): Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: June 5, 2018
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Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.
She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.
I had a really hard time getting through this book. The biggest reason was due to the blatant editing errors spread throughout it. I know we’re not supposed to take those into consideration in our ratings (since it’s an early version and might be re-edited before the actual publish date), but I had a really hard time ignoring them this time just because of how prevalent there were. For instance, almost each chapter started with the first letter of the first word several lines above the rest of the sentence, like this:
ri was…” instead of “Ari was…”. It was really annoying and I tripped over that first word almost every time. That’s just one example of several types of mistakes (spelling, grammar, and formatting) peppered throughout this book.
As if the editing errors weren’t bad enough, the story itself was incredibly slow, especially for a book categorized as a thriller/suspense novel. At one point I saw that I was almost halfway through, but absolutely NOTHING of interest had happened yet. The main character was still stuck in a cistern/well, trying to remember how she got there, and thinking about her best friend, her crush, and a shopping trip she went on earlier in the day. In sharp contrast, the chapters from the killer’s perspective were overly violent and gory, but also one dimensional and cliche.
On the positive side, it does get better in the second half of the book. The writing is still somewhat clunky and unsophisticated, but the story picks up with a lot more action and suspense. And I was genuinely surprised when the killer’s identity was revealed – it wasn’t predictable at all (or I somehow missed the clues).
Overall, I was really disappointed with this book. I’m going to give it 2/5 stars.
Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.