Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Blood List Ali Carter. It’s a psychological thriller with shades of Dr Foster, but rather more deadly.
Ali Carter was born in Surrey in 1958 and moved to East Anglia in 2003, settling just outside King’s Lynn 4 years later where she currently lives with her husband, 5 dogs and 6 cats. (Yes she knows the dog/cat thing is a bit mad!)
She originally found some success in writing poetry in the 80’s and 90’s, but inspiration for her debut novel ‘Blood List’ came after the Shipman case hit the headlines – a few years later the dark and deeply psychotic G.P. ‘Charlotte’ was born. The full story took its time in completion however as there was a very long period of writer’s block about three quarters of the way through the book. It was an author friend who finally persuaded her to pull it out of the laptop and finish it, for which she will be eternally grateful. At the time of writing, a sequel is in its infancy which she sincerely hopes won’t take another 12 years to come to fruition!
Ali is also a proud mum to two grown up sons, and an extra proud nanny to her adorable granddaughter, although at only 5 she won’t be reading ‘Blood List’ anytime soon!
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Think the Lake District is a lovely place to visit? Think again. A Psychological & Chilling Thriller set in and around the fictional town of Kirkdale in Cumbria. One by one the young women of Kirkdale are being found grotesquely murdered, with no clues as to why.
Lying between the great lake Kirkwater and the base of Kirkby Pike, although beautiful, Kirkdale isn’t exactly the most exciting place on the planet. But after young reporter Jenny Flood moves into the relaxed Cumbrian town, it sets a catalogue of events in motion that brings this comfortable community to its knees.
When middle aged G.P. Charlotte Peterson discovers Jenny has followed her from Bradenthorpe, six years after a fling with her philandering doctor husband Miles, it stirs deeply buried mental health issues from her youth. In the run up to the Kirkdale country show, the arrival of this third and most recent adversary triggers the already edgy and emotionally scarred Charlotte into finally stepping over the edge. Her longing to destroy Jenny has been on a slow and very resentful burn for years, now the reality of achieving that presents itself as a genuine possibility.
Can journalist Andrew Gale protect new colleague Jenny, girlfriend Gina and her best friend Molly from the psychotic GP’s insane agenda? How will sarcastic ex Met. Officer Harry Longbridge deal with Andrew’s continued interference?
Then there’s the unexpected arrival of an American mystery woman. And just who is on the Blood List?Review
I sincerely hope I never feel any man is worth becoming so deranged that I self-implode and destroy my own life and future. Charlotte places his fidelity above everything else in her life. Above her career, her happiness and her peace of mind. It’s all about what Miles is doing 24/7, and with whom. It’s obsessive, controlling and perhaps a wee bit insane.
Miles is a dog. There is no doubt about it. If he could get away with it he would probably have an affair with every attractive woman in his vicinity. However his greed appears to be bigger than his wish to be a single man.
Then there is the person who makes up this triangle of messiness, Jenny. She inadvertently starts the ball rolling in this fast-paced and often ruthless story.
There is a lot going on in this book. The beginning is packed full of characters, It’s a lot to take in, so I would suggest giving it all a minute to sink in. The motives of the killer seem pretty clear until you start digging around and uncover the why. There is more to this story than meets the eye.
It’s a psychological thriller with shades of Dr Foster, but rather more deadly. The jealous wife, the philandering husband and an obsession that turns deadly.
I’m not going to give anything away about the ending, but I was a little bit like: What? But that means they are… Yeh, I wonder how that will get sorted out and it sounds as if the psycho has more in store for them. Nothing keeps a goal driven bat crap crazy person down for long.
Buy Blood List at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Troubador Publishing; pub date 11 Oct. 2018.