Position:Brief article - Book review


Maggie Gee

Fentum Press

9781909572126, $15.95, PB, 296pp,

Synopsis: When a corrupt, brutal dentist, Albert Ludd, is found battered and bloody after failing to attend a memorial party for his youngest son, suspicion falls on the dentist's other children. Especially on the middle daughter, 37-year-old buxom bruiser Monica Ludd, who was heard 'uttering threats' against her absent father. How come her car is found outside Dad's house? Why did she buy a large axe? And yet, Monica's a deputy head teacher.

"Blood" is a Gothic black comedy seen through the eyes of six-foot Monica, who cannot help speaking her secret thoughts aloud and who has been banned by the principal of her school, from using social media.

Set in an angry, anarchic, Brexit-ing Britain where terrorism has become routine, "Blood" also raises serious questions about modern life: What can we do with the brutal men who bully women and the weak? Can...

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