Book review: Bad Blood by Tobin Elliott

“Bad Blood” by Tobin Elliott is an enthralling journey into the depths of a young girl’s tumultuous emotions, set against the backdrop of a family in turmoil. I received an audio review copy of this book, and it was a captivating two-an-a-half hours.

Cover of Bad Blood by Tobin Elliott

The year is 1975, and nine-year-old Talia finds herself grappling with a whirlwind of emotions as she navigates the complexities of family dynamics. With her father absent and her mother preoccupied, Talia feels neglected and resentful, particularly towards her younger sister, Alex, whom she blames for disrupting the stability of their family life.

Elliott masterfully captures the raw intensity of Talia’s emotions, painting a vivid portrait of a child struggling to cope with feelings of abandonment and isolation. As her resentment festers, she receives a mysterious book that promises an outlet for her pent-up anger and frustration. In this book, she discovers a power that allows her to unleash her rage in ways she never imagined.

The narrative unfolds with gripping suspense as Talia grapples with the consequences of her newfound power. With each page, Elliott expertly ratchets up the tension, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as Talia’s descent into darkness unfolds.

What makes “Bad Blood” truly captivating is Elliott’s skilful exploration of the complexities of human nature. As Talia grapples with her inner demons, readers are confronted with themes of anger, resentment, and the corrosive effects of unchecked emotions. Yet amid the darkness, there are moments of profound insight and redemption, reminding us of the inherent capacity for growth and transformation within us all.

In “Bad Blood,” Tobin Elliott has crafted a masterful tale of psychological suspense that will leave readers spellbound from start to finish. With its compelling narrative and richly drawn characters, this is a novel that lingers in the mind long after the last word. Whether you’re a fan of psychological thrillers or simply appreciate a well-crafted story, “Bad Blood” is a must-read that will keep you captivated until the very end.

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