Splinter in the Blood

Splinter in the Blood

by Ashley Dyer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062797674
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 182,066
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ashley Dyer is a writing duo based in the United Kingdom.

Margaret Murphy is a Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. Under her own name she has published nine psychological suspense and police procedural novels.

Helen Pepper is a senior lecturer in policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, forensic scientist, scene of crime officer, CSI, and crime scene manager. She has coauthored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. Her expertise is in great demand with crime writers: she is a judge for the CWA’s Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Award, and is a forensic consultant on both the Vera and Shetland TV series.

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Splinter in the Blood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disorganized , poorly written. Couldn't finish. Waste o money
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is one of those books that you finish reading and immediately do a search for other books by the same author.
wordsilove 12 months ago
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more from this author. Write fast!!
litpixie More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I thought it would be. It starts with a woman in a man's apartment clearing up a crime scene before getting into the meat of the story of a serial killer, tattooing the women he's taken. Due to the way the story began I had one thought about Ruth Lakes and it took a long time, nearly the entire book to change the way I viewed her. It made the reading of the book a bit off, but in a good way. Almost like walking through a fun house where the floors slant and you're not entire sure where to put your feet. For a debut author it's a strong first book and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Really well done!
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
How could I not want to read this book after that synopsis? I mean seriously - I felt like this book summary was written with my tastes in mind. Dark, secretive main character where you don't know their true intentions? Check. Possibly unreliable main character with memory issues? Check. Page turning mystery where you don't fully know who to trust or what is going on? Check, check, check. I was sold on reading this one as soon as I read the above and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be! This is just the type of thrilling mystery that I can't get enough of! I was immediately intrigued from the very first page. What actually happened to Greg Carver that night? Why did Ruth compromise the crime scene and what is she hiding? Those questions alone kept me reading and turning the pages as fast as I could. It was just such a tangled mystery and I couldn't get enough! Ruth was such a great main character to read about as I'm a sucker for a main character with a secretive nature. It just always seems to add to the suspense and tension in the book when you don't fully know the motivations behind the main character and their actions. The mystery portion of this book was very well done and kept me guessing until the very end. I found the last 100 or so pages made the book unputdownable for me (no that's not a real word but it feels like it should be). I could not stop reading and really didn't want to! I'm super excited that this looks to be the beginning a series! Bring on the next book please! Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book and am left really excited about this being the beginning to a new series! There was just something so completely immersive about this book and my reading experience with it. I couldn't stop reading and really didn't want to! I found myself trying to figure out what was going on and why the entire time that I was reading. I wasn't successful which made for a very page turning read! I'm really excited to see what these authors come up with next! I think that readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers should give this book a try! I can easily recommend it and really want more book just like this one! It felt like it was written for me and my reading tastes so what else could I possibly want? Bottom Line: A page turner that left me pining to read more! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always excited when I discover a new writer. And excited I am. I only hope that Splinter in The Blood is the start of a series. The characters were intensely interesting, and the plot was dark and ominous. Why did one cop shoot another? That is the beginning sequence of this thriller/procedural. As the novel progresses we see the shooter anxiously working to cover up her misdeed. We also are observing an investigation into a brutal serial killer. The method of killing is unusual to say the least. Both investigations proceed side-by-side, equally unpredictable and shocking. A Splinter in The Blood is a well written and unpredictable thriller which leaves the reader craving another installment.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Just WOW! What a story! What a ride! This debut novel blew me away! Hopefully this is only the first in a long series. Detective Greg Carver is on the trail of a serial killer ... The Thorn Killer. This killer grabs woman and spends days and days tattooing their bodies with a thorn, filled with poison. So far there have been 5 victims with no evident connection. Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home. His trusted partner, Detective Ruth Lake, is alone with him. Yet instead of calling for help, she’s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean. She's also removed the gun she finds next to him. But Carver isn’t dead. Upon awakening in the hospital, Carver can't remember what happened. He has a vague memory of Ruth standing over him with a gun. Did she shoot him? One person knows the truth and she’s not telling. She’s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates. Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she’ll cross every line—sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life—to keep it from surfacing. I was hooked from the very first page .... drew me in like a magnet. There are so many elements to this story.. some professional, some personal. I loved the characters. The interaction between Carver and Lake runs the gamut of emotions .. .anger, sadness, and when they start lying to each other, you have to wonder if the friendship they have will survive. There are several secondary characters that I really hope return in a future book. I would love to know their back stories. The suspense starts on page 1 and never lets up. There are many twists and turns and surprises around every corner. The ending was so unexpected and explosive ... I never saw it coming. Many thanks to the author / William Morrow / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of this fantastic crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.