Ecstasy, revenge and a murderer on the loose in a small town all drive a young man s obsession to find out the truth, whatever the cost...
Stuart’s feckless life suddenly comes into sharp focus as he begins a sweeping, illicit love affair with Kathy. The lovers are reckless, indiscreet and hopelessly in love. But all the time Stuart is haunted by events from twelve years earlier. As a young boy, he had watched a dark love affair blossom between his uncle and Shirley, Kathy’s mother-in-law. The scandalous affair somehow becomes the trigger for two apparently unconnected incidents. First Stuart hears the screams of a mechanic as a five ton bus comes crashing down on his head in what the coroner described as a dreadful accident. Within a couple of weeks, Stuart’s best friend disappeared and from that moment on, he always believed that there was a connection between his friend vanishing and the mechanic’s death.
Twelve years later and a chance encounter with the dead mechanic’s wife, confirms his long held suspicions of a connection between these incidents. Just to complicate things further, Kathy is the sister of his missing friend and the wife of a man he’s hated for most of his life. Unbeknown to Stuart, the cuckolded man not only knows a lot about the events from twelve years ago, he’s well aware of his wife’s amour as well. When the body of his friend is found, Stuart suddenly realises that their affair is about to end like a violent Greek tragedy.
Salt of Their Blood is an epic story by a new author about a tempestuous, dark and very modern love affair.
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Definitely not a book I’d normally have picked up but after being recommended it by a friend I thought it was about time I choose something a bit different. I’m really pleased I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it on many levels.
It takes a couple of chapters to get in to so many different characters but once you do I was intrigued as to if and how they were all connected – a few chapters in it doesn’t disappoint – all the loose ends and characters (and there are lots) all start to tie together and then you’re really hooked.
The places were so well described I felt I’d been there myself –I could smell them the smokey pub and feel the atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed the chapters of Stu as a young boy – probably reminding us all of long, lazy, misspent summer holidays.
It made me cry in places, gasp out loud in surprise at others but mainly wanting to know what had really happened in that small town.
by S Hill