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Bloodman by Robert Pobi

Let me start by saying that when I received this for the blog tour I couldn’t make myself pick it up even though I thought it would be a book I’d love.  Why?

BloodmanThis cover is seriously creepy and I had such a negative reaction every time I walked by it.  So, last week I took the jacket off and put it away.  Deep Sigh.  I was finally ready to read!

This psychological thriller has it all.  Jack Cole, FBI agent who investigates the worst of the worst killers in the country, doesn’t look or act the part.  He is covered in one big Dante’s Inferno tatoo from his neck to his ankles with an attitude to match.  Jake is one of the more interesting characters I’ve encountered in awhile.

In simple terms he solved riddles – it was as mundane as that.

The element of the otherworldly that his coworkers subscribed to was simply confusion in the face of a mental acuity they could not understand.  Like a musical or mathematical savant, Jake was able to tap into something that those around him could not and the result was that they were uncomfortable around him.  Some were even afraid.

Chapter 19

When Jake heads home to take care of his sick father, famous artist Jacob Coleridge, he is called in to help the local police solve a grisly murder.  The two victims had been skinned alive, not a sliver of skin left on the two bodies, just like his mother 30 years before.  There is also the biggest hurricane ever recorded headed straight for them, so time was in short supply.  More bodies pile up and disturbing works are found in his father’s studio.

Those are the only details you need. I stayed up until 1 am racing through this book.  I really could not put it down.  (I regretted this 5 and a half hours later when Gage decided to get up early) I went to bed disturbed, woke up disturbed and have mentioned parts of the book to Jason all day.  The end was a mixed bag.  The reveal was great, but the end was a little unsatisfying.

I recommend this book for grisly murder and horror lovers who don’t mind liberal use of the f-word.  I think you’ll race through this debut novel and look forward to the next one by Pobi.  I am.  And so is Oprah! “O, The Oprah Magazine’s August issue, on stands now, named Bloodman one of their “Titles to pick up now” and called it a “Very suspenseful novel”!

I received this book from Wunderkind PR as part of a blog tour.  Thanks so much – loved it.

Bloodman  Finished 7-24-12, rating 4/5, horror, 345 pages, pub. 2012

July 25, 2012 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |

18 Comments »

  1. The cover is creepy but I am going to add this to my tbr books…..

    Comment by gautami tripathy | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  2. Yeah, that cover seriously creeps me out too. I’m glad to know the book is good, though.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  3. Bloodman sounds intense! I am glad you enjoyed it, Stacy, even despite the cover. I agree–it is rather scary!

    Comment by Literary Feline | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  4. Oh I love creepy reads, especially if they stick with you like that. That’s the sign of a good writer. Thanks Stacy

    Comment by jennygirl | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • The story wasn’t perfect but I was totally into it 🙂 Impressive debut novel.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  5. Love to hear about books that make you want to stay up and read! It is a creepy cover!

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • It takes a lot for me to give up sleep these days!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  6. Sounds like it live up to its very very creepy cover. I could see why you had to take the jacket off!! ICK!

    Comment by Jenners | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • I’m just glad it was the hardcover so I could remove the cover. I don’t think my reading experience would have been as good if I’d had to look at it every time I picked up the book!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  7. I love a good thriller, but when they cross into horror I tend to retreat. And yeah, the cover is creepy.

    Comment by Carol | July 26, 2012 | Reply

  8. You enjoyed it more than I did. You cracked me up about the cover. Did you not figure it out? I thought more of a horror than Thriller too.

    Comment by Tea Time with Marce | July 26, 2012 | Reply

    • I knew something was off, but I so wanted to like him. It was the bedroom scene that had me throwing in the towel!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 28, 2012 | Reply

  9. I’m not big on horror, but I love thrillers. I believe I have this on my Kindle and hope I like it as much as you did.

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | July 27, 2012 | Reply

  10. I’m with you on that cover…grusome and weird!! but knowing that you enjoyed this one makes me realize that I will have to overlook that cover and get the book! 😀

    Comment by Staci@LifeintheThumb | July 29, 2012 | Reply

  11. I couldn’t put it down either. Creeped and grossed me out several times. I didn’t figure it out until the end. It has taken me a few days to quit thinking about it. Even so, It was a great read that really kept me spellbound.

    Comment by Gage's Grandma | August 9, 2012 | Reply

  12. I think I can handle this one but that cover REALLY creeps me out!

    Comment by boardinginmyforties | August 23, 2012 | Reply

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