Friday, 10 August 2018

Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 #PublicationDay @rararesources #Review

You can catch my review for Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray today as it's Publication Day!

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.
As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

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What an intriguing story Blood Ribbon turned out to be this is the first book that I have read by Roger Bray but I feel that I have definitely been missing out. I enjoyed the way Roger Bray brought his characters to life and I especially enjoyed following Brooke's story. 

At times there were some intense scenes mainly because you get the added insight into the killer, hearing their thoughts which definitely show some darker moments. I always appreciate books with a cold case storyline I guess for me it is so interesting looking back over the evidence and hoping that a fresh pair of eyes or new evidence will have come to light over the years. Blood Ribbon shows this perfectly as the book spans decades showing the reader the past and present as the collide into Brooke's life.

Putting the clues together was an intriguing part of reading and I couldn't wait to see if the killer would be found before killing again. I have to say that one of the things that worked out so well in this book was the brilliant balance of not only the crimes but also the personal effect on Brooke. Showing her friendships and family life along with a troubled past, it was so easy to like her character! There is a steady pace throughout along with a few thrilling moments that will have you turning the pages quickly. It is the type of story to keep you engaged and this is down to Brooke and her friends.

Blood Ribbon has some twists and turns that took me on quite a journey making me think along the way but also get attached to the characters too. All I can add is that this is the type of book where late at night you will say just one more chapter knowing full well you will carry on reading!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. 

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

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  1. Thank you Rae for your great review and for helping make publication day fantastic, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Regards Roger

    1. You're very welcome Roger, it's a brilliant story! :)