Lazy Blood by Ross Greenwood

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Book Description:

Will has drifted through life paying little attention to the decisions he made or
the consequences of his action.

From his prison cell he finally understands how his casual descent into serious crime threatens to destroy everything.

Looking back over thirty years Will examines his friendships, the frailty of life and how your world can fall apart in the blink of an eye.

This laugh out loud and harrowing drama follows the story of an average man and explores what goes on behind prisons walls.

Full of very real characters and no nonsense prose this book is not to be missed.

My Thoughts:

The story starts off with Will in a prison van on his way to prison, obviously this grabbed my interest straight away as to what crime Will could have committed to end up where he is. The reader is then taken back in time starting from Will’s childhood and then chapters that jump every couple of years which then lead up back to present day.

Will is your typical average guy who to be fair I found to be quite a weak character but to be honest in a group of friends you will always get some that are stronger than others. Unfortunately for Will his weakness of not standing up for himself more is his downfall in life and has a major impact on his adult life.

I think because the story jumps from one year to another and then another, I struggled slightly trying to get a real feel for the characters and Will’s friends didn’t really stand out in anyway until probably the second half of the book.

Even though the first opening chapter looked promising I found the story after that just didn’t quite grab me as much as I would have liked it to. There are some bits that stood out that shocked and saddened me but personally for me I think the strongest part of the story starts when it gets to the last forty percent or so. This is where Will and his friends truly came to life and I could understand more about the type of people they really are.

From here on in the story grabbed me a lot more though it saddened me to see Will and his friends very much on a road to self destruction.

Lazy Blood is very much a story of friendship and how at times that friendship can grow toxic. It shows how different events can change people from the ones they were and how staying friends over the years is not always the best case. Though slow to start with and maybe not as engaging as I would have liked, the last part of the story more than made up for that. Lazy Blood is the authors debut novel and shows a lot of promise and I look forward to reading more of his work.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.

Lazy Blood is out on the 6th of September and will be available to purchase from Amazon.

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