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Blood

by Tony Birch

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A tense, taut read, set amongst Birch's typically troubled characters, Blood tells the story of Jesse and Rachel, two kids whose lives are transient, loveless and deprived. The first half of the novel paints the bleak story of their lives, while the second ratchets up the tension with some edge-of-the-seat set pieces as the kids' lives completely fall apart around them.

The writing is punchy and minimalist, with not a wasted word and the characters (particularly of the kids) are solidly drawn. The plotting is well paced and the tension towards the end almost unbearable (although the denouement itself is slightly unbelievable). There's a dark Aussie film waiting to be adapted from this material. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
The writing is first rate but the story is depressing and the mother Gwen, is not a character you want to see succeed , quite the opposite, the rest of the story centers on Jesse and his sister Rachael, who have to endure like with a drunk, drug addict, whore (Gwen) for a mother, and her filthy boyfriends. As I said the writing is great so I think I will search it another book by the author. ( )
  zmagic69 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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From the moment he saw her, wrapped in a blanket at the hospital, Jesse knew that he'd be the one to look after his little sister, Rachel. Mum was always on the move and always bringing home trouble. When his mum's appetite for destruction leads the little family into the arms of Ray Crow, beneath the charm and charisma, Jesse sees the brooding violence and knows that, this time, the trouble is real. But Jesse's just a kid and even as he tries to save his sister, he makes a fatal error that exposes them to the kind of danger he has sworn to protect Rachel from. As their little world is torn to pieces, the children learn that, when you are lost and alone, the only thing you can trust is what's in your blood.… (more)

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0702239275, 0702249548

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