Bad Blood is a dark and tense novel by Australia author, Gary Kemble. This super-charged thriller is the second to star investigative journalist, Harry Hendrick (who many readers would have been introduced to in Kemble’s debut novel, Skin Deep.) Bad Blood is ultimately a disturbing and challenging mix of crime and speculative fiction.
Harry Hendrick is a self-destructive character who is sniffing out his next big story. He begins probing an alleged paedophile ring and he looks into the affairs of a union official to uncover any signs of corruption. Kemble is also asked to investigate a number of bizarre suicides by the police. They are considered strange because the bodies all have identical scars and there are also similar suicide notes at the death scenes that feature some rather strange symbols.
The investigation leads Hendrick to a professional dominatrix by the name of Mistress Hel. But is there more to this seductress than meets the eye? What transpires is a graphic and intense story that has as many layers as an onion. Bad Blood will keep you guessing until the end. Ultimately this is one gothic thriller with some disturbing elements and some scenes that will chill you to the bone.
***Please note: a free copy of this book was won by the writer through a The Reading Room giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit: https://www.thereadingroom.com/book/bad-blood/10056171/