Blood Loss by Kerena Swan #BookReview #DIPatonInvestigates1 #BlogTour #HobeckBooks #RachelRandomResources #4*

Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.


With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.


With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter.

But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

Very Cleverly Planned!

Mind-boggling and utterly confusing – what a fab introduction to a new series!

Sarah is driving south as quickly as she can while being as unobtrusive as possible; with blood soaked clothes and a black eye, she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself. DI Paton has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself and the discovery of a body in a remote Scottish cabin may just be that chance. But with no identity on the victim, it’s not going to be straightforward. Jenna is dealing with the fact that her mother’s health is failing; having already lost her father she knows that she has to be there for her mum no matter what is ahead. As Sarah puts distance between herself and the crime, she is unaware that Paton is not only following – but closing in.

As I’ve mentioned before I don’t re-read a synopsis prior to beginning a book; in this case I don’t think it would have done me much good but for more than half of this I had absolutely no idea what was going on! With the chapters flying back and forward in time and the story moving from one character to another, I was really flummoxed and not entirely sure I was enjoying myself. However, once I got a grip on things I began to get into it and make some sense out of who was who and what was going on, it all began to add up. It’s a very cleverly planned novel, but I don’t like feeling out of the loop. A great introduction to DI Paton who, like all the best coppers, has a rather trying personal life to fit in around his job and I can see this will be a series to watch out for. Taking into account the whole experience from beginning to end, I’m happy to give this one four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural

Blood Loss will be just 99p for a limited time only!

Author Details

We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See YouScared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.

2 thoughts on “Blood Loss by Kerena Swan #BookReview #DIPatonInvestigates1 #BlogTour #HobeckBooks #RachelRandomResources #4*

  1. Thank you for your thorough and honest review. I’m really pleased you didn’t give away any spoilers. Kerena Swan


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