Thrilled, thrilled, thrilled as always to host a blog tour for an Orenda publication and oh my, Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds is a rather brilliant read. Reader I LOVED IT!
A witness but no victim. A crime but no crime scene…
When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.
Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows.
When their paths collide, Lydia find sthe story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect… and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet…
I began reading this book at around 8am this morning and I pretty much didn’t stop until I finished it. I have now come up from my book fog to write this review and I have to say it was such a fantastic read. It reminded me of a really great John Grisham novel. Many years ago I read The Firm and it was one of those books that I enjoyed from start to finish and this is exactly the same. The story is of course very different but I had that same adrenaline rush as Rod Reynolds unfolded a dark, sinister side of London. A world of conspiracies, money and secrets, and where just knowing something, even if you don’t understand what you know, can get you killed.
It was such a thrilling read and I just whizzed through just under 400 pages without even realising it. This is Rod’s fourth novel and he has already been longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger with his 2015 debut The Dark Inside. Blood Red City is very impressive indeed. The writing is sharp and full of energy – not a word is wasted.
Lydia Wright is a young journalist who has been bumped to entertainment but is desparate for that one big story that will get her back in with the hard-hitting news she loves. She is driven and courageous but has absolutely no idea what she’s getting herself involved with when she follows up on the msyterious video that is sent through to her. It’s not long before she comes to the attention of Michael Stringer who has an invested interest in the victim on the film and soon realises that Lydia has witnessed the attack too. Their worlds clash and soon lives are at risk as they both dig deeper and truth slowly comes to the surface. It’s only then that Lydia begins to realise just how much dangers she is in.
This is such a brilliant thriller and one I heartily recommend. Rod writes so well and this complex plot carries you along, holding you in it’s grip, right until the nailbiting end. Grab it for a long flight or anytime you can hide away and immerse yourself in this fantastic, rollercoaster of a book.
Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in this blg tour and also to the fabulous team at Orenda Books for sending me a review copy. I absolutely LOVED EVERY SINGLE PAGE. Brilliant as always! Perhaps the start of a series?…
About the author
Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Side, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); The Guardian have called the books ‘Pitch-perfect American noir.’ A lifelong londoer, in 2020 Orenda Books will publish his first novel set in his hometown, Blood Red City. Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. Rod lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters.