#BookReview of Where The Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield @WendyDranfield @Rararesources @Rubyfiction #deanmatheson

Posted August 24, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 8 Comments

Where the Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield
Also by this author: Who Cares If They Die
Series: Dean Matheson #2
Published by Ruby Fiction on July 30, 2019
Pages: 337
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“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist. The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

My Review

OH MY DAYS! Wendy, you have put me through the wringer and a half! Ever since I knew there was going to be another book about Dean Matheson I knew I had to read and when Wendy mentioned that she was doing a tour who am I to refuse….. well I knew I had to be on this tour one way or another! And hello to one of my book contenders for the year!

So back to OH MY DAYS!!!! When the intensity ramped up in the book, Dranfield took us in a completely different direction. I wanted to know what the hell was going on, but instead of being in the action I was taken out and made to watch other things unfurl, but boy did it all hit the fan. I cried, I was fraught with nerves, and seriously Dean needs a break and in the sun preferably.

Where I gushed about book one and all the characters, this book blew it far out of the park. Picking up after the aftermath of book one we find a not so confident Dean who has taken a battering and is now working as a PI in Vegas. Yes, this is book two, but not until the last 10% do you meet any of the original characters but you get a brief backdrop to help bring the gap from the first book. Please for the love of god read Who Cares If They Die because really you will not regret it, especially as I have a feeling you will need to up to date for the next one.

I adore Dean and I am so glad he finally got a new case that was not finding dogs because he got the chance to meet Detective Eva Valdez and god she was a spitfire! Isolated by her co-workers for taking a week off to grief for her husband who died in the line of fire, I mean jeez, she takes this case due to the incompetence of a detective she has no time for. Little did she know how messed up her life would become.

When her world collides with Dean I was excited! Two fabulous minds working together, with Rocky of course (Rocky still steals the show FYI), surely had to find these two missing girls and off the clock starts to tick. Watching them clash at the start and then fall into an easy working pattern was great to watch, both have their own ideas and both personalities shine.

Like every book, you have a character you do not like, and boy were they evil and unlikeable in this book. I have never met anything like it, the behaviour was shocking. It was unreal the evil was palpable from the pages. I was terrified, I think I may or may not have checked my front door once or twice. Rotten to the core, but the worrying thing was how this rot spread into so many people. (No spoiler here).

The final events and twists were so shocking, gah I am still thinking about this book, and it is one I really did not want to keep putting down. I wanted to read it in one sitting but did not want to rush it either. The plotlines were tied up nicely, just when you thought everything was ok and the dust could settle, bam another thing would happen and bam yet another thing adding to the excitement I felt when reading this book.

In this sequel, you can see how much further Wendy’s writing has come. Where she was dark and twisty in book one, she is worse in book two. There was so much going on at once she knew how to make my head spin, my breath stop and make me swipe quickly on my kindle. She laid the land with the calm before the storm perfectly, lulling you in however making sure the intensity in the book did not relent.

Where The Snow Bleeds is darker than its predecessor, it packs a harder punch, it is brutal and gawd the shocks in this book!! Well, I was on edge, but when it ended not going to lie I was annoyed! I mean where is book three already!! Exciting cliffhanger or what! I am so excited to see how much more this series can grow.

I also just found out that Wendy’s book The Girl Who Died is actually a spin-off written and set before this book! So you know where I am going with this….see ya!

When I messaged Wendy to comment on the book and ask if one of the characters would be ok… her response…

I mean COME ON!!! How can I work with that?

I am really excited about book three and I hope you give these books a chance because they really do deserve it! I mean currently Who Cares If They Die is only £2.00 on paperback, I think you that is the best £2.00 spent. (Click on the title to go to Amazon)

Check out a snippet of the book here

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is a British crime thriller writer who lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband and 3 rescue cats.

She started writing as a young girl, thanks to her love of reading, and still has some of the ghost and crime stories she wrote back then. She occasionally reads them when she needs a good laugh.

After completing a degree in Creative Writing & Philosophy, Wendy is now both an indie author (of a dark YA novel which was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition) and a traditionally published author, with several short stories published in UK and US anthologies.

‘Who Cares if they Die’ is her debut novel, published by Ruby Fiction, and Wendy is currently writing the next in the series. They are set in the US and follow Officer Dean Matheson and his mission to become a homicide detective.

Wendy is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors.

When not writing, she wastes her time on Twitter, complaining about not having enough time to write.

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8 responses to “#BookReview of Where The Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield @WendyDranfield @Rararesources @Rubyfiction #deanmatheson

    • Zoé

      Ha ha told you there was a surprise for you ❤️ thank you for letting me know about it. You know I want to be in the front of the line for the 3rd book xxx

    • alex mcclean

      hello any one know where i can buy where the snow bleeds,i have tried everywhere. i live in the uk,amazo sell only as a kindle download. loved the first book thanks

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