A Love Like Blood, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


I've chased him for over twenty years, and across countless miles, and though often I was running, there have been many times when I could do nothing but sit and wait.

Now I am only desperate for it to be finished. In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman.

Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterwards that worse things happen in wars.

Seven years later he returns to the city - and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating young woman.

When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow...A LOVE LIKE BLOOD is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man's life can change in a moment; about where the desire for truth - and for revenge - can lead; about love and fear and hatred. And it is also about the question of blood.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781444751932

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Just for old times' sake, a vampire novel - or maybe not? Marcus Sedgwick's rather dry and cynical take on the bloodsucking genre is nicely done, telling the story of an initially earnest and intelligent, but later disturbed and unreliable, narrator who spies a modern day vampire during the Second World War. Dr. Charles Jackson devotes his life, career and sanity to hunting down the elusive Estonian margrave (as opposed to a Transylvanian count), detaching further from reality with every step closer to the <i>truth</i> he gets.The narration and country-hopping reminded me of <i>The Historian</i>, which is never a good thing. Although the story starts during the war, and skips forward through the 1950s to the early 60s, the style of writing seems very much influenced by classic gothic tales like <i>Dracula</i>. Also, Jackson is not a pleasant man, and I found myself suspecting his motives very early on - I was waiting for an altogether nastier twist, but then this wouldn't be a vampire novel.A quick read, neatly paced to keep the reader going through Jackson's solitary crusade, but more of a clever concept than a classic horror story.

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