Where the Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield @WendyDranfield @Rubyfiction #BookReview #DeanMatheson #AuthorTakeOver

Posted January 31, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 7 Comments

I know going backwards with the books from 3 to 1 but I love reading where Dean is now and seeing where he came from…I think that is just me. I did, however, read the books in the right order.

I love this book because it was our first introduction to the feisty Detective Eva Valdez! Plus a little known fact is that Hannah who is mention in this book is, in fact, the same Hannah from The Girl Who Died…mind blown! You can read that review later in the week!

This book is probably the darkest out of the three because boy was this intense. My skin crawled and the killer(s) in this were far more sadistic than what Dean had encountered previously.

Before we go back in time, check out the awesome book trailer made by Wendy. Is there no end to her talent?

You ready to re-read what I thought on August 24 2019?

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Where the Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield @WendyDranfield @Rubyfiction #BookReview #DeanMatheson #AuthorTakeOverWhere the Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield
Series: Dean Matheson #2
Published by Ruby Fiction on July 30, 2019
Pages: 337
Also by this author: Who Cares If They Die, Where the Snow Bleeds, Won't You Save Me, The Girl Who Died, Who Cares If They Die, Shadow Falls, Cry for Help, Little Girl Taken, Gone to Her Grave

“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?

Side Note she still teases me!!!! I see a theme here that I love Dean and Rocky! I can’t wait for you guys to meet him next week!!!

Come back tomorrow where I grill Wendy with a question or two!

Until next time xxx

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About Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is the bestselling author of the Detective Madison Harper crime series.

She is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who writes a mixture of standalone thrillers, crime series and short stories. Some of her books have been shortlisted for various writing competitions and awards, including the Mslexia novel writing competition and the International Thriller Writer Awards.

You can find more information on her website: wendydranfield.co.uk



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