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Blood Red (Mundy's Landing Series #1)
     

Blood Red (Mundy's Landing Series #1)

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by Wendy Corsi Staub
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret

The razor's gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There's only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red

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From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret

The razor's gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There's only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins . . . a prelude to his ultimate victim.

Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley, Mundy's Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift brings Rowan's fears to life again.

The town's violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy's Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for, in blood.

Editorial Reviews

Alison Gaylin
“I loved BLOOD RED…it’s suspenseful and scary. This is a serious winner!”
Long Island Book Reviews Examiner
“Wendy Corsi Staub is indisputably a flawless storyteller...This tense suspense page-turner illustrates Staub is not at the top of her game, but is the game!” —Diane Morasco
Tom Savage
“Wendy Corsi Staub is a master of the domestic thriller, and BLOOD RED is a perfect example of her mastery. Lock your doors, turn on your porch light, and brace yourself for a deliciously scary novel.”
Suspense Magazine
“Elation will be felt knowing Staub is at it again, offering up a new and terrifying series that will have readers wanting more. [...] This book has a terrific plotline that keeps readers guessing up until the last page…”
Kirkus Reviews
2015-06-25
A quiet town's dark past and a serial killer's quest for his ideal victim create a perfect storm in Staub's (The Perfect Stranger, 2014, etc.) frothy new thriller. Once a local troublemaker, Rowan Mundy has returned to her upstate New York hometown of Mundy's Landing—she's related by marriage to the village's founder—to settle down with her husband and three children. Now a teacher at the elementary school she once attended, Rowan lives a quiet life with her devoted husband, Jake, and her youngest son, Mick, who will soon join his brother and sister in college. Though Mundy's Landing seems quaint—always a bad sign in a crime novel—its history is drenched in blood and the town has never quite recovered from the so-called Sleeping Beauty murders, an unsolved triple murder of three unidentified girls a century earlier. While Rowan goes about small-town life, a killer with a penchant for straight razors and redheaded women—guess what color hair Rowan has—is leaving a steady stream of corpses along the East Coast as it becomes clear that he's working his way toward his ultimate target. When an anonymous package arrives at Rowan's door, triggering memories of mistakes she'd like to forget and a secret she's kept from Jake for 14 years, Rowan's perfect life begins to slowly unravel, just as the killer zeroes in on Mundy's Landing. While the subject matter may seem gruesome, the violence is fairly muted and Staub mostly maintains the suspense throughout, despite a few too many coincidences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062349736
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2015
Series:
Mundy's Landing Series , #1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
78,042
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

USA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

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Blood Red 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love wendys books cant wait till the next one she draws you into the story and doesnt let go till the ending
Anonymous 7 months ago
Couldn't put it down. Great!
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. A fan of mystery books and thrillers, I jumped at the chance to read and review Blood Red by Wendi Corsi Staub, the first book in her Mundy’s Landing series. Using a small town setting, a series of gruesome murders that took place in the 1600’s and a recent set of killings, Ms. Staub takes us inside the mind of a killer and a woman keeping secrets. While not quite what I was hoping for, this is a book many mystery lovers would enjoy reading. Introducing us to Rowan Mundy, the main character of the story, Ms. Staub quickly provides a quick sketch of “Mundy’s Landing”, the gruesome crimes that are a part of the town’s history, and the person whose plans will once again put this small town in the spotlight. While the mystery of who sent Rowan the “burnt” cookies, how it ties into her past and why she reacts the way she does is well done, I felt as if something was missing. I felt like the story jumped between Rowan’s viewpoint and the viewpoint of “Casey”, another primary character, too much. While there are plenty of secondary characters, only a couple of them are interesting. I especially liked Mick, Rowan’s teenaged son and it was interesting to watch him and Rowan interact – especially since they both shared a medical condition. I also expected a touch of violence and blood but most of that action took place off the page. While I am not into a lot of blood and gore, perhaps a touch of it would have made the “serial killer” aspect of the book more realistic. Will Rowan discover who is behind the threat to her safety before it is too late? Will she be able to keep her family out of danger? You will have to read Blood Red to find out.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Rowan made a choice years ago that is coming back to haunt her, it could possibly put an end to her marriage, and damage her reputation in the eyes of her fellow co-workers and community. She has kept this little secret hidden for fourteen years, but someone has decided it time to let the secret out, and they have set their sights on Rowan and plan to make her pay..no matter the cost!! Ms. Staub is one of my "go-to" authors for spine tingling suspense! Anytime I read one of her books I know I am in for a real literary treat, because she packs her stories with the kind of suspense, that awakens your nerve endings and has you on the edge of your seat the whole way through!! I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the next installment in the trilogy! Highly recommend you add this one to your reading list, you will NOT be disappointed!! ARC requested through Edelweiss, and kindly provided by William Morrow Paperbacks in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure would be nice if these immature kiddies wouldn't get on her and write this stupid stuff guess they don't have nothing else better to do.GROW UP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe an entire book based on one kiss! Weak basis for so much drama. Waste of time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*waves slightly back and stares at the ground*