Sewell, Kitty - Bloodprint
BLOODPRINT is absolutely superb. This novel, a second for Kitty Sewell, has just enough Cuban witchcraft to keep things interesting and just enough of everything else to keep you hooked. Straight in at the deep end, you start with a hurricane hitting the Florida Keys and resulting in the untimely, violent death of Forrest: the young and devoted husband of Madeleine Frank. Devastated, she travels to England to start afresh and, originally a professional painter, retrains as a psychotherapist to try and help others while healing herself in the process.
With the sudden arrival of Rachel, a troubled young woman with a violent past, Madeleine's world is disturbed once again and she is forced to reflect on her life - warts and all. She ends up helping Rachel at levels far beyond the call of duty and the fantastically unexpected twist at the end leaves you speechless with delight.
The book shifts between the present and the past for both of these women, to tell us their stories, and you end up liking both of them very much. The stories are slowly unwound in such a brilliant way that you cannot predict what is going to happen next, and the degree of detail used by Sewell in her, sometimes gruesome, descriptions leaves you rather disturbed at times. This is one of those books that gets into your psyche and calls to you, demanding to be read when you have other things to do.
Her clever use of rich vocabulary and vivid imagery establishes Kitty Sewell as a true master with her pen. She is definitely a name to look out for - by why not start by reading BLOODPRINT? I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
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Amanda C M Gillies, Scotland