Blood Mother by Dreda Say Mitchell (Flesh & Blood #2)


Synopsis: Book 2 in a trilogy following one family over forty years on an East London estate, BLOOD MOTHER goes back to the 70s to tell the next story in the Flesh and Blood series

1970s London has stopped swinging, but it’s not staying still. Babs thought she had all the world ahead of her. Then she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who’ll look after her. Or so she thinks.

But Stan Miller is the devil in disguise…and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him. Can she protect her family – or will he get the better of her?

Kat’s Rating: 5/5

Kat’s Review: I was beyond thrilled when DSM announced she was releasing a trilogy and when I got my mitts on the first book (Blood Daughter) I was thrilled as it was an absolutely cracking read. Book one featured Jen and Tiff Miller the two daughters of Babs Miller. For the second in the trilogy we go back over the last 40 years and Babs Miller becomes the main character. I have to hold my hands up and say the first few chapters were slow going and I was surprised as I thought I would get straight into it. However once I got to about chapter 10, all of that was gone and the book picked up the pace.

We go back to the very beginning and see Babs during her younger years. It the 70’s in London and when she gets pregnant and the father does a runner she has no idea what to do. She then runs into Stanley Miller, a man who she sees as her saviour. At first glance it seems that way even to the reader, apart from that underlying fear that nothing is that good. In turn we see Stan’s brother Pete make a feature, as well as his so-called Business Partner Mickey Ingram and his wife Mel. The story unfolds and the events become just a little bit clearer as each layer becomes exposed.

The book comes in 3 parts and is set so that the reader catches up in time to where the first book ended, and OH MY GOD…what an ending! The story builds up and by the time I got to the last quarter of the book I kept turning too many pages in my haste to get reading. The grand finale features Babs and Stan, alongside her daughters and granddaughters and I TRULY did actually shout NO WAY when I reached the end! It was a belter of a book that had me up late one night to squeeze in ‘just a few more chapters’. DSM has also managed to do one of those endings which you just cannot believe she has done, because it just leaves you wanting the conclusion. So to sum up, roll on book 3 in this trilogy and make it fast as I cannot wait to see what happens. These first 2 books have been absolutely brilliant and I am literally on tenterhooks for the third and final instalment Blood Daughter due out in August 2017.

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