BLOOD WILL OUT BY JO TREGGIARI - BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW

I love thrillers but most of the better ones seem to be adult fiction. Finding a YA novel that has all the makings of a good thriller is harder to come by - I think largely because of the fact that people find it harder to believe teens are able to pull off a Scooby-Doo style investigation - by I feel like Treggiari did a pretty good job.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.



**TRIGGER WARNINGS: There are quite a few graphic scenes throughout the book of animal abuse and torture, I won't really get into them in this review, but just be aware if you pick up the book.**

The story follows Ari, a girl who wakes up at the bottom of a cistern with no memory of how she ended up there. All she knows is that everything hurts and whoever put her there is probably going to come back. Ari always thought of her towns as safe - now she knows just how naÏve she had been. As pieces of her memory start coming back, Ari soon realizes that she may not have been the only intended victim.

The story is told in alternating chapters of Ari - both in the present, as well as the past, giving some of her backstory - and the backstory of her capturer. For Ari's part, I preferred the present timeline. I know we needed the 'flashbacks' to the past to help establish suspects, but for the first half of the book, I was more interested in the what was happening now.

I really appreciated (as much as one can appreciate the backstory of a killer and animal torturer) seeing the "making of a murderer/psychopath," if you will. So often in these kinds of books, we get smaller pieces of the killer's backstory, but in this case, we were able to see specific examples of times throughout their childhood where things went wrong. There was a really interesting juxtaposition between the biological and environmental reasoning for how they grew up to be this kind of person.

I'm still not sure I am willing to accept who the murderer turned out to be. I feel like I can accept the background story, but I just can't come up with a decent motive for why they did it. Although, I suppose this type of killer doesn't really need a motive. There were definitely a lot of red herrings along the way to distract, and I thought I had it figured out. I almost feel like the person was so far out of the picture that it didn't seem like it could plausibly be them.

Writing-wise, I was able to finish this book in about a 3-hour sitting. I don't know if it was because I was so enthralled I couldn't put it down, I would say that it was just that, aside from the graphic torture depictions, it was a fairly straightforward read until the end when the suspects started coming out of the woodwork. I also think that while there was some horrible stuff going on, it didn't really feel like a thriller. More like a suspenseful contemporary with some really dark parts.

Overall, I think this was a pretty decent book. I know there are a lot of lower star ratings but if you go in with an open mind, it's a unique YA novel.

And don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour to see more thoughts on this book!