Bleed the Water Red by R.L. Griffin
Release date: March 23, 2017
When Kate Tennison returns to the low country of South Carolina it’s with her tail tucked between her legs. She doesn’t want to be there and face the love of her life, who’s now married with a child. Distance has not broken the spell of fear that surrounds why she ran from her home in the first place.
Her story is a tragic one.
Mom in rehab.
When we run from something looking back over our shoulder, we miss the scars on the arms that now hold us.
Can the magic of the water heal her wounded heart or does something dangerous lurk underneath the perfect features of the new man she’s decided to take a chance on?
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Sometimes a victory is simply surviving.”
It takes a lot for an author to knock me for six, but RL Griffin did just that. This was a book that was quick in its birth and quick in its writing. This book demanded to be written and its characters demanded to be heard. This was a book that commanded my attention and this was a book that I couldn’t put down. This is also a book that I cannot review properly, EVERYTHING is a spoiler, so this is going to be a rant about how manipulative RL Griffin’s mind is, how she had no qualms in toying with my emotions. How even when she didn’t mean to, she made me cry…again. But this is RL Griffin at her devious, scheming best, where intrigue is rife, where suspense is guaranteed and where sucker punches are par for the course. RL Griffin is one sneaky, sneaky author. The anti-hero in this book will remain nameless, he doesn’t deserve acknowledgement but you will want to know him, you will want to kill him and most importantly, you will hate him…a lot. But this story makes for some fantastic reading, jaw dropping, page turning, I cannot read this book quick enough reading.
“Sometimes the end of something is the beginning of everything.”
Kate Tennison was a woman you just wanted to hug, she was broken, adorable, had more baggage than a Boeing 747, yet had a heart of gold, she had the patience of a saint and saw the best in everyone, even if they didn’t deserve it. Most of all though, Kate just wanted to love and be loved. Kate wanted the happy ever after, she wanted the white picket fence, but all she ever got was a broken heart. The man she has always loved…left her, but the love she has for him remains.
“It occurs to me that desperation has a scent, I’ve smelled it before on girls and I inhale deeply to see if it permeates my skin. I wonder if you can smell it on yourself.”
With her career in tatters, returning to the family home is a nightmare, one that she cannot wake up from. A house that haunts and taunts her. With her mother perpetually in rehab and her father dead, Kate is alone. The man that she has always loved still holds the purse strings and now having to deal with him face to face rubs salt into already raw wounds. Now married and with a child he is definitely off limits, the only way to get over him is to get under someone else.
“You saw all my scars, my bruises and you used them against me.”
Some people are the masters of disguise, master manipulators, unscrupulous, certifiable a chameleon of emotions and a forever changing façade. Sometimes what you see is definitely what you don’t get. Some people are too intelligent for their own good, too rich and way too attractive, but it is these weapons that are their enablers, their sticky net to draw in the vulnerable, the web to the spider that they are. They are the predators, the nefarious arseholes that always seem to get what they want and RL Griffin always pens a good one.
“There are moments in your life that you feel are not your own, where your actions you watch from above and that is what happens here, because I cannot believe this guy. I’ve never had such an intense connection with anyone so quick. I don’t trust it. Rationally, I know this is not smart.”
I want to say so much about this book, but I can’t…the temptation is REAL!! The first few chapters I was soaking up the background, the beginning, becoming one with the character and the feel of the story and then BAM!! After that one chapter I was like…WTF, I had to re-read, check for the error of my ways, back track and then let the realisation dawn…this was old school Griffin, this was all about the mind fuck and mind fuck she did.
“Life is full of endings and beginnings, this is both.”
RL Griffin was cunning and calculating with this one, she became one with “him,” she brought him to life and paraded him around toying with your emotions and that of our decent, honest Kate. This was a cluster fuck of epic proportions, this had my heart running a mile minute. This was a book where dread followed me with every page, this was a book where RL Griffin manipulated me with ease. This was a book where I wanted to bash the author, but when all was said and done wanted to pat her on the back. I got the result I wanted, even if I went through the mill to get there. I wanted to Bleed the Water Red around chapter seven. If I could climb into a book and give out warnings I would have, step the fuck away, but alas, I had to read and read I did. I loved this book, yes it should come with a health warning, but this was the RL Griffin I love, the sick and twisted version. Bring it on and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
About the Author:
R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two crazy dogs. She was born and raised in the South. She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial. Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law. By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series that got her back into writing after a ten year hiatus. She writes anything from romantic suspense to psychological thriller to romantic comedy. One of the things that readers always say is they never know what kind of story they will get from R.L.