Blog Tour Stop: Bleeding Shame by Nora Black
I used to go totally crazy for a good murder mystery, I grew up with Agatha Christie in the end. But all crime, detective, and mystery stories sort of vanished from my reading list sometime after university. I can’t say why, it may or may not be my new found addiction to TV series and movies such as Seven, CSI – any of them, Criminal Minds, etc. I have realized how much I missed these reads in the recent years and I make sure to include them on my TBR.
Bleeding Shame was a nice surprise. The setting, the premise, the characters drew me in. But before I start reviewing, here is the blurb:
Has a world altering invention become temptation for murder?
I connected with Frankie from the first encounter. He’s not the striking handsome hero, or the department nut, he’s just tired, has seen too much, and has a boat load of personal problems to deal with. However, the mix of police work and his very own spidey sense is fun to watch as the story is told from his perspective.
Stacey’s story (mostly her brutal and very early death) are also inserted in the book, from her perspective. The other character are interesting and colorful and the relationships between them are real.
Frankie’s interaction with his two daughters is as you’d expect – bumpy. He works too much, without being a bad father. Spoils them, but also does whatever he needs to protect them, including agreeing to move back with the wife he’s been separated from for years just to protect them.
As this mystery and puzzle are the best part of the reading, I won’t tell you more about what happens. I will share that it starts strong and is fast paced. The bodies and threats drop one after the other, you won’t have time for much else.
The ebook could use an additional proofreading clean up. I am hardly ever to upset about the typo or mistake here and there. Unless it’s painfully often I don’t have a problem with it, but I know a lot of readers who don’t share my views on this topic.
Bleeding Shame touches intriguing themes that I personally enjoy, from ruthless business, to the financial, coldhearted approach to terminal disease cures, to conspiracies, overworked policemen, and everyone’s struggle to keep their relationships from falling apart. Also, being set in South Africa, it was a refreshing chance of setting for me. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!