Book Review | Love Lies Bleeding
Title: Love Lies Bleeding: A Novel
Author: Jess McConkey
Love Lies Bleeding wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. I was frustrated that the book couldn’t seem to make up it’s mind as to what it was. The synopsis makes it sound like it will be a thriller and a mystery, but as I got into it it felt more like a ghost story with strange unexplained events and sightings. What’s worse, once it ended I still wasn’t sure if it was a thriller or a ghost story.
There were so many questions that were left unanswered. It was as if the author decided to create these situations and scenes to throw the reader off. There are chapters that read in the first person from the mind of someone who is angry and wanting to get back at Sam for ruining his life. McConkey creates suspicion around the men in Sam’s life so the reader doesn’t know which one the mysterious first person chapters are about. She does an amazing job with Sam’s paranoia and it comes across as believable, but then when you find out who the mysterious person actually is all the other issues from the other characters aren’t cleared up so the reader is left hanging. I don’t mean to be vague but I hate spoilers, so in an attempt to explain without giving anything away, McConkey focuses on things and then never explains what it was about. I hate that.
I enjoyed Sam as a character. I’ve never experienced anything as traumatic as she has so I’m not sure how I would react, but I felt her behavior was real and justified. I also really liked Anne, her physical therapist. She is a strong woman who is confident and knows what she’s doing. It was refreshing to have a supporting character be so strong.
Over all, I enjoyed the mystery, but I hated how it left me feeling so unsatisfied. It’s one that I will read again someday in the hope that I will catch something I missed that will explain things a little better.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*