Monday, October 07, 2019

Review - Blood Sugar

New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Kraus has a new novel hitting stores tomorrow. This novel, in my opinion, is the perfect Halloween crime story. It's smart, sexy, and a heck of a lot of fun to read.

Blood Sugar starts in a ruined house where an angry outcast hatches a scheme to extract vengeance upon his community for a lengthy list of wrongs committed against him. With the help of three equally alienated children, our villain intends to poison, maim, or kill every child in his neighborhood on Halloween night.

I like the fact that Kraus used one of the children to act as his narrator in this novel. Imagining that much pure evil from the perspective of one of the supporting characters enabled me to imagine both the horrifying madness of our villain and the complexities that enabled him to recruit his young co-conspirators.

Prior to writing this piece, Kraus worked with Guillermo del Torro to co-author The Shape of Water in 2018. While Blood Sugar deals with a very different subject matter than his previous project, there can no denying that the ink flowing through Kraus's veins is just as powerful today as it ever was.

Megan Abbott, who wrote Give Me Your Hand and The End of Everything amongst other great novels described Blood Sugar as, "a twisted little miracle with a sneaking, beating heart."

On a related note, I know now why Abbott is acclaimed by so many critics. She packed more of a punch into her nine word description than many critics could produce in a dozen reviews.

Anyway, back to Blood Sugar.

I recommend this book for anyone who loves a powerful thriller or a crime drama. The fact that this novel comes out so close to Halloween - a holiday that figures prominent in this story - makes everything that much better, in my opinon.

Blood Sugar by Daniel Kraus goes on sale tomorrow. It's currently avaiable for presale on and at booksellers everywhere.

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