Title: Flesh and Blood
Author: Simon Cheshire
Published: March 2nd 2015
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Length: 336 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another. A chilling new story in the Red Eye series.
Read my review of my first Red Eye read, Sleepless, here.
This is the third book in the Red Eye series from Stripes publishing, but it’s only the second one that I’ve read. While the first one kept me up at night and made me want to check under my bed for monsters and sleep with the light on, this one was more subtle than that. It didn’t so much scare me as seriously creep me out!
Sam Hunter wants to be a journalist when he’s older. He’s just moved to a new town after his dad finally hit it big with one of his songs. They live in a quiet little cul-de-sac with cheerful neighbours… and a slightly creepy, old mansion. While Sam is making new friends at school, he’s told that the house belongs to the Greenhill’s, respectable doctors and pillars of the community. They sound like wonderful people, but something doesn’t add up and Sam becomes determined to find out what after he witnesses a dark shape in their garden one night.
This book is one of those ones that doesn’t openly scare you. It draws you in and very slowly reveals new and horrifying things that give you chills. The family that seem to be so friendly and wonderful people definitely have a lot of secrets. I loved how Sam just knows straight away that something is wrong, and then struggles to get people to believe him – even his new friends.
Then people from the rough estate, Elton Gardens, start to go missing or show up dead. Scary as this is, what follows is worse.
Emma Greenhill, the beautiful and popular daughter of the family that lives in Bierce Priory (the creepy mansion in the cul-de-sac) befriends Sam and lulls him into a false sense of security. Even if her family is somehow responsible for what’s going on in the town, she couldn’t be involved… right?
As things reach boiling point, Sam knows he’s right but he has to prove it. Taking his two friends, who are now firmly in his corner, they break into Bierce Priory to find the evidence they need to make sure the Greenhills don’t hurt anyone else. But what they find… well, it’s not pleasant.
The ending to this book was great. Really great. I was on the edge of my seat, desperate to see what they would find and how they would get out again. For me, the whole story was a great set up to this point. The murders, the disappearances, Sam’s determined hunting of facts… it had led to this moment and I was dying (excuse the pun) to find out what happened!
Cheshire certainly knows how to lull a reader into a false sense of security. Even I was doubting Sam at certain points of the story. The Greenhills are so nice, they couldn’t possibly be responsible for what was happening in their town… but wait, yes, that was definitely weird, go get them Sam! (genuine thought process while reading).
Though more subtle in the scares than the other books I’ve read in the Red Eye series, this one will definitely have you looking at your neighbours funny for days! A great, creepy, thrill ride.
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About the Author
Simon Cheshire grew up in Warwickshire. He was always the quiet kid at the back of the class, and spent a lot of time staring out of the window. From a young age, he was a dedicated reader and would spend many hours absorbed in books, happily dreaming of faraway places, and completely ignoring his mother’s cries of “Go out and get some fresh air, for heaven’s sake!”
His hobbies include movies, repairing old computers and wishing he had more hobbies. He lives in Warwick with his wife and children, although he spends most of his time in a world of his own.His first book appeared in 1997, and since then his books have been published in many countries around the world, and in several languages. He writes in a tiny room that used to be a walk-in cupboard, but which is now crammed with books, pieces of paper and empty chocolate bar wrappers.