Ari Sullivan is alive--for now.
She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous -- and Ari may not be the only intended victim.
Told in alternating perspectives of predator and prey, Blood Will Out is a gripping and terrifying read.
|Publisher:||PRH Canada Young Readers|
|Sold by:||Penguin Group|
|File size:||6 MB|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
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Someone seemed to be shouting her name from far away—“Ari Sullivan!” She sat up and was instantly rocked bya wave of nausea and an excruciating pain that knifed through her head. She clutched her stomach and moaned. She was breathing too rapidly and she felt as if she were about to pass out. She forced herself to take deep breaths, counting between inhalations. Gradually the pain subsided to a throbbing ache and she peered around in shock. She could see nothing. Was she blind? She blinked rapidly but there was no difference.
It was dead quiet except for the thrum of blood in her ears. Pushing herself onto her knees, she crawled forward a few inches. She could feel earth under her fingers, smell the dank rooty cool of it. She ran shaking hands over her body. She was wearing jeans, a T-shirt, a sweatshirt and running shoes. She ached all over but nothing seemed broken, except for maybe her head. There was a lump at the back of her skull, but the worst injury originated just above her ear. She probed that area and felt a mushy spot. How had she hit her temple? She moved her head gingerly, half-afraid it might detach from her neck. Another crescendo of pain battered at her and she breathed through her nose, imagining that she was at the cool blue bottom of the pool. Take stock, she told herself, remembering the guidelines she’d learned in lifeguarding. Assess the injury. Her neck muscles were stiff but her spine was all right; her fingers wiggled, and she could feel her toes even though she couldn’t see them.
Okay, so she’d live, probably. Now, where was she? Her brain cried in agony, as if all her nerve endings were centered in her skull, but she struggled to focus. Clearly she’d had an accident, fallen down the stairs to the cellar. But not her cellar, she decided, trying to pin down the muddied swirl of her thoughts. Her cellar was concrete-floored and brightly lit and smelled of laundry detergent and fabric softener. Not rotted leaves and swamp water. She was somewhere unknown.
“Mom, Dad?” she breathed, as if the sound of her voice might summon something terrible from the pitch black. All the horror movies she and Lynn had giggled over came back to her in a flood.
The darkness pressed down, a physical weight as if she were pinned under two tons of water. She held her eyelids open with her fingers and still there was nothing—not a flicker of light. This must be what it felt like to be buried alive. And with that thought, it seemed suddenly as if there were not enough air. She gulped, choked, desperate to fill her lungs, and felt the hysteria swell until it burst from her.
“Help! Help! Please!” Over and over until, propelled by rising panic, she was on her feet, unsteady and swaying, her voice ripping out of her throat. “Anyone!”
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This book was a bloody, scary, fantastic read! I lost a good three days’ sleep over this gem and I don’t regret it. The writing was great, not overly wordy or descriptive, but I didn’t like the profanity, while it was semi-sparse. I felt like it wasn’t necessary and detracted some enjoyment from the book. The killer’s POV was crazy (in a good way) and eerily disturbing. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who the killer was, there was no indication of whether they were male or female and when they were revealed I was REALLY confused. I don’t think anyone would see it coming as there were literally no clues, though I will pat myself on the back for guessing ONE thing about the killer. The plot moved pretty slowly in the beginning as Ari struggles to escape and survive but it wasn’t hard for me to push through, the overall story and Miss Treggiari’s writing pulled me in right away. From the middle on the plot twists and Ari tries to piece together her missing memories and rescue her best friend from the same killer who pushed her down the cistern. Now, as a waring I will say that in addition to killing people the killer also kills animals… I know, it hurts me too. Once again I have to say the Killer is pretty disturbed and ththis book is not for the light of heart! The ending wrapped up nicely and it makes me wonder if maybe we’ll have a sequel. The story was pretty darn entertaining, albeit scary, and I’d definitely recommend it as a Halloween read. Rating: 4 Stars! Recommendation: ages 16 and up *animals are killed, if you can’t handle/stomach this please steer clear* FTC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
I'm not always a fan of reading from the killer's perspective but I think that Treggiari did this well. The author did a good job of letting you question what was going on and who was responsible. A good mystery read!
My overall impression of Blood Will Out. Everything about the book is repetitious and extreme. I already mentioned the lesbian best friend who announces her sexual preference with every sentence. Then there is the killer with the obvious lack of identifying details. Finally, there is the fact that the author does not just tell us that Ari is a member of the high school swim team. She tells us over and over again. Every time Ari is called upon to do something physical, the author refers to Ari's swim muscles. Such repetition is everywhere throughout the story, and I began to resent it. Not only does it become tedious, but there are no surprises. The killer is not a surprise. Nothing that happens to Ari is a surprise. It is as if there are red arrows pointing at each of the many clues, with said arrows getting larger and larger with every repetition of said clues. There is no nuance. There is no playing detective on your own. Blood Will Out is as an example of everything a good murder mystery is not: a rather large disappointment.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. BLOOD WILL OUT is definitely a page turner, but its subject matter is polarizing. Graphic depictions of animal dismemberment and torture, mentions of sexual abuse, and harsh language will detract some from the story. Treggiari has crafted an interesting killer and keeps the reader guessing for a good majority of the book, but ultimately the execution fell flat for me. Once the killer's identity was revealed, I was slightly disappointed as I wanted more. The ending certainly has potential for more. I'm hopeful a new protagonist and new setting will round out the killer's personality and showcase more of what she is capable of. This book had more shades of FRIDAY THE 13th than SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in my opinion--while we have plenty of first person narration from the killer, her mindset was not canny or cold enough for me to draw a connection to Hannibal Lecter. The stylistic chops are there, though, and I have a feeling Treggiari is a writer to watch. I'll be on the lookout for future books.
The description made this book sound like a heart-racing thriller and I had to read it. But once I started, I wondered what I’d gotten myself into! I’m way too much of a scardey cat to read Stephen King, yet I’d let myself get pulled into a killer’s head! It was both uncomfortable and gripping. The first pages are raw with emotion and I felt like I was locked into a roller coaster clicking its way slowly up the big hill. I was past the point where I could go back. There was no choice but to grit my teeth and make it through the ride because I needed to know what happened. The stakes are life and death, but what makes the book so powerful is that you read from both the victim’s point of view and the killer’s. That makes the danger all too clear, while Ari’s point of view shows how unprepared she is for the situation she’s in, heightening the tension. Twists continue all the way to the end. Prepare to be scared and disturbed! *It’s probably clear that there’s violence in this book, but I wouldn’t want to recommend it without making sure readers knew that. * Find more of my young adult sci fi, fantasy, thriller and mystery book reviews on TheWingedPen.com!