Bridget Jones Meets Charles Bronson
In Bloom by C.J.Skuse is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that draws the reader in from the start. It is a sequel but I had not read the previous book and I followed the action just fine.
The book follows a pregnant vigilante, very reminiscent of the Charles Bronson character in the 1970’s Death Wish films. The action alternates between the very ordinary and the extraordinary psychotic episodes. Written in the first person, the reader enters the killer’s mind. She is very personable and highly amusing. With contemporary cultural references the reader finds the lead character easy to identify with in some ways… but not others. Her lists of who should be on her death wish were rather amusing and could be seen as tongue in cheek for the reader… but not the character! I am not normally a lover of anything gruesome but In Bloom had me glued and entertained throughout.
Not having read the first book, I do not know what kicked off the vigilante spree but we all have heroes whom we emulate, so I am speculating that this is the case.
Love and care motivates action. With a huge heart to protect the vulnerable and innocent, and a sense of loyalty, the lead character springs into action but has a warped sense of judgement.
The ending had me perfectly poised for the next book. I shall be eagerly awaiting to see what happens next.
I must urge caution if you are easily offended… then this book is not for you. There are scenes and language that some readers may not like.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.