BOOK REVIEW: BY BLOOD WRITTEN
Michael Schiftmann is a handsome, charming and incredibly brilliant aspiring writer. He published a few novels that received resounding critical acclaim however they were not widely purchased by the general public. Since the current general public seems to be more fascinated with more gruesome books like crime novels, Michael decides to totally change his style and write a series of books based on a serial killer that are loaded with gore.
With the help of his new literary agent, Taylor Robinson, Michaelís books start flying off the shelves and almost overnight Michael is given a contract worth millions for his future serial killer installments and he becomes quite the celebrity. The public loves Michael and his main character, the serial killer, and cannot seem to get enough of his books.
There are only a couple of problem with the situation. Michaelís agent is falling in love with him and Michaelís research for the books is not quite normal. He researches his books by murdering women and then writing about the murders so that his books will be more realistic.
Michael seems to return Taylorís love and it turns into almost a fantasy. Suddenly she believes she has the man of her dreams and they are making a ton of money together to be able to make all their dreams come true. However, how long can Michael go on killing without getting caught or Taylor finding out and will she live through it if she does figure it out or he gets caught?
Just by reading Steven Womackís By Blood Written, one acknowledges that the public is fascinated with horrific, gory stories. By Blood Written is a very fast paced, page turner. One has no idea until the end whether Michael will get away with his crimes and if Taylor will live through the end of the novel. If you enjoy serial killer books, By Blood Written is a must read. However it certainly makes one wonder if there are other authors out there doing the same kind of research and if we, as readers, are not helping them along by purchasing their books.
REVIEWED BY GINA METZ
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