Blog Tour : Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan

June 19, 2020 Book review 4 ★★★★½

I’m delighted to be joining this blog tour organised by Random Things Tour today with my review of Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan. Last year I devoured 47 Seconds, and this follow up was every bit as good, and kept me up half the night reading. But I’ve zero regrets, the gristly plot and compelling characters were well worth sacrificing some sleep over.

Blog Tour : Two Kinds of Blood by Jane RyanTwo Kinds Of Blood by Jane Ryan
Published by Poolbeg Press on April 20, 2020
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural
Pages: 370
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour
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four-half-stars

'He has my mother! Seán Flannery has my mother!'

Garda Bridget 'Bridge' Harney's phone bleeps with a message. A video of Seán Flannery - a violent criminal - at her mother's nursing home. His hand on her mother's shoulder. Goaded to the point of madness, Bridge gives chase but Flannery disappears.

A huge drugs seizure - the kind that means the cartels are exporting directly to Ireland - is abandoned in Kilkenny. In a high-tech processing plant a dead woman is found.

Bridge believes all three events are linked. As she begins to examine the connections, she comes up against the Fuentes cartel. An organisation with billions of dollars at its disposal, a transport empire and informers everywhere.

!@#$ CRIME Murder Mystery Page-Turner

First Line of Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan

“A siren screams.”

My Thoughts on Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan

The book starts with an action packed scene, and the frantic pace just never let up. Garda Bridge is still in her relentless pursuit of Sean Flannery, the head of a Dublin criminal gang. The insight into Dublin’s criminal underworld was shocking, but very eye opening, and impossible to put down as I just had to know what happened next.

What I really loved about this book though was we got to understand why Sean grew into the hard man that he did. At times, I felt huge empathy for him, although when I remembered some of the things he has done, my sympathy well ran dry quickly. But I appreciate how conflicted I felt about him, as he wasn’t out and out bad, and I did spend some time pondering his better qualities.

Bridge is another character whose personality I loved diving deep into. She is unpredictable and always ready to shout her mouth off at the exact moment she should be shutting it. But I love how passionate she is about getting justice. Bridge’s personal life gets even muddier in this book, and digging around old family secrets reveals shocking truths that are no longer so well hidden.

The cat and mouse chase between two such opposite characters was fascinating. And that’s before you even factor in the drug cartel madness, corruption lying around every corner, and a sense that I could trust no one.

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From beginning to end, I was totally gripped by the page-turning suspense, and I was dizzy from the twists and turns. Huge thumbs up.

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan?

If you love police procedurals with a gritty setting, then you have to add this to your list. Also recommended to fans of Liz Nugent, Jo Spain, Patricia Gibney and Sinead Crowley. Please note it’s book 2 in the Garda Bridget Harney series, and could be read as a standalone, but I think you should treat yourself to both!

About Jane Ryan

Jane Ryan grew up in Kildare and went to boarding school in Wicklow. She studied with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has worked in the Technology and Communications sector for over twenty years. Jane’s short stories have appeared online and in print, most recently in the anthology ‘Strange Love Affairs’. 47 Seconds is her first novel.

four-half-stars

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4 Responses to “Blog Tour : Two Kinds of Blood by Jane Ryan”

  1. Kathryn Trask

    I couldn’t read this. I’d rather bury my head in the sand! But… that said Sean sounds complicated and I guess does trace how a person has such a bad start they end up the way they are.

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