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The Faerie Review Reviews Dead Blood City

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Liliyana Shadowlyn

Oct 1, 2023

5 out of 5 fairies

The Scoop

Drowning might be like going to sleep. It would be nice to sleep forever – leave everything behind in the waking world.Secretly psychic Detective Saoirse Reilly has just returned to duty after killing a man. Her shrink might be convinced she doesn’t want to die but she’s not. Disrupting Reilly’s plan to end her life is the kidnapping of Delaney Bascom on the eve of the blood moon.

Even psychics can get blindsided.

This case isn’t what it seems and Reilly may not be the only supernatural freak in Boston.

Reilly will have to face her own demons and a family of ancient monsters if she hopes to bring the girl home alive. Domenico Alderisi, a club owner with a bad habit, is determined to stand in her way. And he’s stronger than he looks. But Reilly has the dubious support of Emrys Somerled, a forensic psychologist with a cellar full of secrets and the magic touch.

The blood moon is coming.

Will Reilly save the girl and find a reason to live?

Find out in this urban fantasy meets gritty noir detective novel featuring imperfect heroes and slow burn dark romance with beautiful monsters who can’t be trusted.

Rating & Review

5 out of 5 fairies

If I had to sum this up in one word, it would be brilliant. Denning has a unique voice, and does an excellent job of bringing the story to life with vivid descriptions. It felt like I was inside the book, not just seeing, but feeling everything unfold. The story moves along swiftly right from the start, and there are twists you’ll never see coming. I loved Reilly from the start – she’s a great MC, and while she isn’t perfect, she has a grit and determination that drive her forward. The book really embraces the detective noir/dark romance genre, and you might find yourself getting frustrated with the slow burn elements! I can’t wait for book two!

About the Author

Jo Denning is the author of the Saoirse Reilly series. She has spent her career as a clinical social worker supporting neurodivergent people of all ages. Jo began writing as a way of processing the traumatic things she has seen and heard. Her characters may be supernatural but their stories, their fear, and their pain are real. So, too, are their triumphs over impossible odds. When she’s not writing, Jo enjoys baking, drawing, and watching trashy reality TV. She makes her home somewhere in the contiguous United States with her husband, one fluffy cat, and one barely domesticated cat.

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