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Saltblood by T.C. Parker #BookReview

Saltblood. A remote island. A group of prisoners. And an evil as old as time.

Robin didn’t mean to break the law. Didn’t know at first what law she’d broken. And now she’s on her way to Salt Rock — a new-model prison for a new kind of criminal, way out in the remote Northern Isles of Scotland.

On Salt Rock, she’ll meet other prisoners like her — men and women from all over the world, spirited away from the lives they knew for crimes they didn’t know they were committing.

She’ll uncover the complex web of conspiracy that connects them all, confronting some of the darkness of her own past in the process. And she’ll come face to face, finally, with an evil as old as the land itself.

It’s hell in those waters.

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Title: Saltblood  Author: T.C. Parker | Publisher: self-published  | Pub. Date: 05 July 2020 | Pages: 306 | ASIN: B08CGGWNX6 | Genre: Horror | Language: English |  Source: Author | Starred Review

Saltblood Review

Summer reading. It may still be spring where I am, but I certainly am looking forward to planning out my reads for summer vacation. Saltblood is an excellent choice. An island. Mystery. Suspense. Unmentionable horrors.

Parker wastes no time drawing readers in as we arrive at an island that has been co-opted by a corporation to house criminals of a different sort. The characters are relatable and real. I also loved the connections I could make to the current social climate. It is no spoiler to mention that the reasons these people are sent here to “reflect” are unique. It is quite fun to discover what each of them have done and the author does this without tedious dumps of information.

Perhaps the biggest draw is just how unique the premise is. It does put me in mind of Sean O’ Connor’s Weeping Season ( I loved it; you can read my review here) but it differs in several ways so it made for a fresh reading experience. There is a lot that cannot be mentioned for fear of ruining reader discovery, just know that things are not what they seem and expect the unexpected.

So if you are looking for a good read to add to your summer (or anytime) reading list, consider checking this one out. Parker combines action and horror to create a book that will appeal to a variety of readers.

  You can purchase a copy of this book via your normal retailer, but please consider purchasing it from a local indie bookshop instead. It may be found here at Indiebound or at BookShop. Please note the Bookshop link is an affiliate link and each purchase you make through it helps to support Sci-Fi & Scary and keep the site running.

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