Review: Blood Red Winter by J.A. Conrad


Print Length: 332 pages
Publisher:  Eclipse Books LLC (June 08, 2021)

No good deed goes unpunished...

Two months after his fiancée, Elizabeth Reinhardt, leaves him with no explanation, broken and confused, Trent Lemend is forced to pack up and start over in rural Georgetown, Texas. Believing his life could get no worse, Trent attempts to bury the inner demons of his past.

But when he stumbles upon a terrifying crime scene, Trent's troubles are only just beginning. Discovering that one of the victims, an emaciated, blood-covered woman, is still alive, changes his life in ways he never thought possible.

Saving the woman destroys all that he's ever known. Suddenly, as a witness, he's the killer's number one target. With the murderer on the loose, nobody is safe--especially Elizabeth, the only woman he's ever loved. Now, it's up to Trent to save his ex and reclaim his life. But will he discover a dangerous dark side of his own?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

This book started off on a very strong note, however for me, it quickly became too far-fetched to be believable. I struggled to finish this one, having to put it down and come back to it more than once, but I continued on in the hopes that it would get better. 

Sadly, I just had too many issues with this one to give it a higher rating.  For one thing, the jumping from present day to events that happened when Trent was a teenager quickly became annoying. I understand what the author was trying to do, but sadly, it just didn't work for me. I was also rather disappointed in how the author chose to end things (not to mention the budding relationship between Trent and Aria was really just weird and out of character for me). 

This author does have a strong writing style however, so I still think this book will appeal to others more than it did to me. However, I doubt I will continue on with this particular series. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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