Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire
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.
Thoughts before you started reading Flesh and Blood?
CHRISSI: I have enjoyed the Red Eye series so far, so I hope I enjoy this one too!
LUNA: Actually I was really excited about this. I won Flesh and Blood in a giveaway Michelle (Tales of Yesterday) hosted and she was enthusiastic about the book, plus the blurb sounds so good. I was really looking forward to being creeped out and disturbed – in the best possible sense of course. ;)
What did you think of Sam?
CHRISSI: I thought he was an okay character, but I didn’t really connect with him as much as I hoped I would. I found him quite immature in ways. He did that typical cliche thing in horror stories of making some very bad decisions!
LUNA: I went a bit back and forth on Sam, initially I liked him and I’m normally all for characters being flawed because that makes them more realistic but he ran out! (Can’t elaborate more without spoilers.)
CHRISSI: I liked the way it was written. After the events that had happened. I really enjoyed that type of narrative for this story!
LUNA: Same as Chrissi I liked the narration style. I particularly liked the Greenhill Family history chapter/report.
CHRISSI: Unfortunately, I didn’t get on board with the story or connect with it as much as I hoped. It was readable, but I wasn’t intrigued to keep reading.
LUNA: The same way Sam got irritated about sweeping statements/opinions about the Elton Gardens Estate and “the poor” made by Emma and the other characters in the book I got fed up with the Rich are Entitled & Evil narration. People are more complex than that. Also it’s a bit hypocritical isn’t it? Painting an entire group of people based on their income and postcode – that’s what Sam was annoyed about in the first place.
Flesh and Blood was very clear in its good vs bad, it all came across as straight lines to me (and it might just be me). Once you realised what the story was I hoped for more conflict. If I wasn’t going to have nightmares about the house then let my moral compass be challenged by wondering if the Greenhill Family had a point – however minuscule. That’s a disturbing horror story on a different level… evil that has reasoning is truly terrifying.
CHRISSI: I found the Greenhill Family incredibly intriguing. It would have been interesting to follow their story even more.
LUNA: I liked Sam’s new friends, Liam and Jo. I wanted to know more about them.
Was Flesh and Blood what you expected?
CHRISSI: I expected it to be creepier than it was. It was gory, but not as sinister as I had anticipated!
LUNA: Not really, I was hoping I’d creeped out but apart from the discovery Sam and his friends make Flesh and Blood wasn’t that unnerving. Or maybe I’m just not easily scared?
Would you recommend it?
CHRISSI: To some. I think some will really enjoy this story, it just didn’t work as well for me as I would have liked.
LUNA: Not sure, maybe? I enjoyed parts…