Saturday 20 August 2022

Book Review: Blood Mark by J. P. McLean (Paranormal Thriller)

Title: Blood Mark
Author: J. P. McLean
Publisher: Windstorm Press
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 326
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Source: ARC via NetGalley
What if your lifelong curse is the only thing keeping you alive? Abandoned at birth, life has always been a battle for Jane Walker. She and her best friend, Sadie, spent years fighting to survive Vancouver's cutthroat underbelly. That would have been tough enough without Jane's mysterious afflictions: an intricate pattern of blood-red birthmarks that snake around her body and vivid, heart-wrenching nightmares that feel so real she wakes up screaming.

After she meets the first man who isn't repulsed by her birthmarks, Jane thinks she might finally have a chance at happiness. Her belief seems confirmed as the birthmarks she's spent her life so ashamed of magically begin to disappear. Yet, the quicker her scarlet marks vanish, the more lucid and disturbing Jane's nightmares become-until it's impossible to discern her dreams from reality, and Jane comes to a horrifying realization:

The nightmares that have plagued her since childhood are actually visions of real people being stalked by a deadly killer. And all this time, her birthmarks have been the only things protecting her from becoming his next victim.


Blood Mark was a fun read with an intriguing plot and engaging characters. The story kept me interested throughout and there was plenty of tension within the fast-paced action. The world building mostly worked well, although I still had a few unanswered questions when the book ended. I believe there is a sequel, though, so perhaps my queries will be answered then. The multiple POVs also came across well, letting us see different aspects of the tale. Perhaps the ending felt a little 'easy' after all the build up, but that is only a minor niggle for me. Overall, this was an enjoyable paranormal thriller and I can recommend it to fans of that genre. It gets 4 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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