Alina Popescu, Writer

Blog Tour Stop: Bleeding Shame by Nora Black

Blog Tour Stop: Bleeding Shame by Nora Black
December 11
20:33 2013

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?

A vicious killer, an improbable story, and a shattering scientific discovery, mingle to create a cocktail of deceptive intrigue.

A bright young woman’s death has been framed to look like an act of rage during a call-girl rendezvous. A tired, disillusioned cop, her only hope of redemption. Layer upon layer unfold to reveal a conniving conspiracy of global proportions; a conjuring of convoluted wicked twists.

Stacey Cornish has been murdered, and her killer has done very little to hide his identity. When his body washes up on the bank of a local river, Detective Frankie Harlow is unconvinced that the man committed suicide. However, when his family come under-fire in a series of vicious attacks aimed at dissuading further interest, Frankie knows that there is more to the murder than first meets the eye. Stacey was a biochemist working on a cure for cancer, perhaps her death had something to do with her research rather than the frame-of-facts posed by the killers.

Bleeding Shame is a compelling story that will grab you at the start, pull you along at a breathtaking pace, and shock you senseless with the questions it poses, and the answers it finds. Heart-wrenching, scary and sometimes humorous, it never fails to impress.

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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!

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  1. Nora Black
    Nora Black December 12, 03:57

    Thank you for taking the time out to read my book

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