Book Review: Blood In the Past By Jordanna East

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Ten Years Ago.

Jillian Atford falls for an older man, a handsome Philadelphia cop, whose mystery is that he’s married, a reality Jillian refuses to accept. Lyla Kyle finds her mother dead on the floor from an apparent suicide. She blames her philandering father and wastes no time taking her revenge. Detective Jason Brighthouse Sr is in the wrong place at the right time to attempt to save a colleague from his burning home. When neither of them make it out alive, his teenage son can only harp on their last argument. He shoots himself in the head…with his father’s gun.

Three lives. Three deaths. One story.

To understand the future, you must visit the past. The Blood in the Past: an introductory novella to the upcoming Blood for Blood Series, coming Winter 2013.

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I loved this 8 chapter book. The opening was very interesting. It started out as Jillian and Mel getting mugged on the subway platform. This led to the married cop Calvin coming into Jillian’s life. Jillian was depicted as mousy–boy don’t let her demeanor fool ya. She shocked me in an entertaining way. She became obsessive about her relationship with Calvin (which he was a jerk by the way), which led to her attacking his wife. With no witnesses, does she get away with it? You’ll have to read to find out. Lyla was the typical good girl, so her actions surprised me too! You never know what will make someone snap. I was rooting for her (I don’t know what that says about me LOL); it helped that her dad, Calvin, was despicable. Someone had to teach him a lesson. Plus, when will people learn that it hurts a lot of people when they cheat.

It was cool how each chain of event led to something more crazy. All from misunderstandings. I like that Jason has suspicions of Lyla because she didn’t cry at the funeral. Jordanna East had a brilliant talent with plot. The novella had good pacing and all the scenes were important to moving the action/suspense along. I’m a fan of her writing style–she gives enough details to have you hooked as a reader without dragging the action down by overdescription. She should be very proud of her debut novella, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her works.

My favorite lines: 1) Lyla felt a jab of guilt when the man sped toward the house. He shouldn’t have gone in. He should have waited for the fire department. He never came out. 2) Anywhere remained a concept Jillian clung to because it meant their happiness. 3) She remembered glaring at the gunman the entire time, daring him–no, willing him–to take the crime a step further. His eyes had widened in terror, unused to his prey challenging him, Jillian had even surprised herself that day, realizing then how damaged she was.

And damaged these three main characters truly were. Besides suspense and thrills, the story also had drama elements. The characters had sad backstories, making me feel a bit sorry for them. I liked the psychological mess behind it all–I’m a firm believer that the scariest stuff is what can happen in real life. And people who seem normal, yet waiting for their psycho side to come out without a care in the world will always put chills down my spine.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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