French Alps, 1998
Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.
20 years later
Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.
Someone knows what really happened that day.
And somebody will pay.
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From the Man Booker Prize longlisted author of The Water Cure – discover this chilling new novel about motherhood, free will and fate, human longing and animal instinct
‘The cool intensity and strange beauty of Blue Ticket is a wonder – be sure to read everything Sophie Mackintosh writes’ Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk
‘A gripping, sinister fable’ Margaret Atwood on The Water Cure
Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you children. A blue ticket grants you freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And, once you’ve taken your ticket, there is no going back.
But what if the life you’re given is the wrong one?
Blue Ticket is a devastating enquiry into free will and the fraught space of motherhood. Bold and chilling, it pushes beneath the skin of female identity and patriarchal violence, to the point where human longing meets our animal bodies.
My thoughts on Blue Ticket
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After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute. While working the street, she narrowly avoids becoming a serial killer’s latest victim; as much as it pains her to admit, she needs backup.
Enter lone wolf FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey. Stonewalled by a lack of leads, he and Melina investigate a scene where a little girl has been found abandoned in a crashed vehicle. They open the trunk to reveal a horror show and quickly realize they’re dealing with two serial killers with very different MOs. The whole situation brings back memories for Melina—why does this particular case feel so connected to her painful past?
Before time runs out, Melina must catch not one but two serial killers, both ready to claim another victim—and both with their sights set on her.
My thoughts on Never Look Back…
Anyone who reads my blog, will know I love crime fiction and I love a strong central female character. I got both with Never Look Back, which made me very happy. I liked Melina a lot. She’s strong, feisty, and not afraid to take risks. I also liked the story, or rather stories, as there were two running side by side here. It kept things interesting.
Unfortunately, along with a compelling piece I crime writing, I also got a love story. Which is where it went a bit wrong for me. I don’t do romance (though I have no problems with my characters being in relationships). It’s my own fault, I bought the book on impulse and didn’t look at other reviews.
Saying that, it the romance wasn’t so in my face as to put me off and the story kept me happily reading along. Would I read another in the series? I’m not sure, but I think anyone who reads this book will enjoy themselves.