Blood Red Roses by Lin Anderson
I read this book as a quick reads edition. I needed to get through it quickly because Lin Anderson was coming to speak to the group of students on my Post-Graduate Creative Writing Class. She was delightful and very open. She took time to answer all our questions about whether to use a pen name, whether or not to have an agent and the importance of good editing.
This book is Lin Anderson’s prequel to Driftnet which I have also reviewed here at https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/driftnet-by-lin-anderson/. The edition of Blood Red Roses I read very short.
The story is about a hen night in Glasgow, Scotland which leaves a bride-to-be dead on a toilet floor. Her body is twisted, her face a mask of terror. Dr Rhona MacLeod and her team are called in help solve the crime and to find out who would kill a young woman on the night before her wedding. As they go through the evidence, they find themselves in a world where sex is bought and sold: more violent death and murder is lying in wait.
However, I did not particularly enjoy the book: perhaps this was because it was an abbreviated version. I did not find the story sufficiently complex. However, I was in the minority. Most people on the course really did enjoy it tremendously.