Flesh and Blood Review

Flesh and Blood
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: NetGalley

Sam Hunter has grown up in a relatively poor household. When his family comes into some money and moves to an affluent town, he feels out of place in his new school and his new environment.
Sam now lives close to the imposing Bierce Priory. Its owners, the wealthy and influential Greenhills, are the town’s resident philanthropists and a case study in success.

Slowly, Sam uncovers the terrifying truth about the Greenhills and the town they live in. A truth so disturbing that Sam’s life becomes a living, freakish nightmare, in which he is forced to doubt his own sanity…

Now before I start this review, I would just like to say one thing: this book is fucked up. If you’re squeamish in the slightest, this is definitely not the book for you. If your idea of a great book is blood, gore, gruesome and a good mystery to solve (like mine), then you will love this.

When I picked up this book, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw it was teen fiction, read the blurb and thought I’d give it a go. I was not prepared as to how much I’d love this book. I’d not heard of Simon Cheshire before so I felt pretty clueless. I loved this book so much that all 336 pages were finished in less than 3 hours.

When I first started reading this, it seemed very much written like it was a diary or a journal of something that had happened. I adore books written in this style so I was instantly hooked.
Sam’s family life seemed pretty normal, he was relatively poor but his mum worked in a bank and his dad was a ‘rock star’. After coming into money from a few of his dad’s old songs, they move to Hadlington. Priory Mews, Maybrick Road to be exact.  It’s extremely posh and the wealthiest people reside there.

Sam starts school and makes two friends, Liam and Jo. On his first day, he’s introduced to Emma Greenhill, who’s the most popular girl in school, whose drop dead gorgeous and just so happens to live next door to him. (I found this part a little clich├ęd, I was certain she’d end up liking him and they’d be together and they’d live happily ever after..., boy, was I wrong).

The day after Sam moves in, Emma’s mum comes to welcome their new neighbours. Emma’s mum is a GP and fits all the Hunters in for check-ups. Sam is reluctant to go so misses his appointment, whilst his parents go. Over time, Sam notices his parents changing and he’s not sure why…

After befriending Emma, he starts to see cracks in her ‘perfect’ persona and starts to investigate the Greenhills, he doesn’t trust them and he has every reason not to. He uncovers something he wishes he hadn’t and sets upon telling the Greenhills secret to the world…

I wish I could say more than that, but if I do, it will ruin the twist of the book and I want you all to be as shocked as I was. The ending was left open so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a sequel. (Personally, I would love one!)

Sam is a brilliant main character and easy to connect to. The book is fast-paced, action packed and I genuinely couldn’t put it down. I may invest in some more Simon Cheshire books, he is incredible!

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