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Gerald Wixey
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1 Oct 2011
Ecstasy, revenge and a murderer on the loose in a small town all drive a young man s obsession to find out the truth, whatever the cost... Stuart's feckless life suddenly comes into sharp focus as he begins a sweeping, illicit love affair with Kathy. The lovers are reckless, indiscreet and hopelessly in love. But all the time Stuart is haunted by events from twelve years earlier. As a young boy, he had watched a dark love affair blossom between his uncle and Shirley, Kathy's mother-in-law. The scandalous affair somehow becomes the trigger for two apparently unconnected incidents. First Stuart hears the screams of a mechanic as a five ton bus comes crashing down on his head in what the coroner described as a dreadful accident. Within a couple of weeks, Stuart's best friend disappeared and from that moment on, he always believed that there was a connection between his friend vanishing and the mechanic's death. Twelve years later and a chance encounter with the dead mechanic's wife, confirms his long held suspicions of a connection between these incidents. Just to complicate things further, Kathy is the sister of his missing friend and the wife of a man he's hated for most of his life. Unbeknown to Stuart, the cuckolded man not only knows a lot about the events from twelve years ago, he's well aware of his wife's amour as well. When the body of his friend is found, Stuart suddenly realises that their affair is about to end like a violent Greek tragedy. Salt of Their Blood is an epic story by a new author about a tempestuous, dark and very modern love affair.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848766963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848766969
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,548,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A racy story and more 18 Dec 2011
The magic of this book took hold of me in the second half. By then I was riveted to the pages as the story unfolded to the end. Locks Lane and Letcombe Brook will never be the same. This tale was especially memorable for me, woven as it is around familiar parts of Oxfordshire (North Berkshire at the time) and the imagined people who live here.

The penny dropped as I came to appreciate the themes of a lonely struggle for a young boy and young man in comimg to terms with confusing contrasts without a lot of help from the outside; men and women; violence and love; lies and truth; past and "present"; childhood and young adulthood; death and life.

I am a hard nut to crack - I don't usually like thrillers and I very much enjoyed this one. I take my hat off to Gerald Wixey for a huge success in getting his first book written, published and sold. I am looking forward to reading the rest of his trilogy and before then, to reading the first half again. What a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 8 Oct 2011
Brilliant book, I enjoyed every minute of reading it. The author writes with authenticity and some metaphors and similes that really brought the characters and events into reality. It made me laugh and cry, so much so that I had to stop myself from waking my partner up! A refreshingly different book, one that looks back at a time before facebook and mobile phones, reminding us that life was still interesting, fun, scary and eventful, even when the Internet was a distant dream. This book lets you figure out what is going on without spoon feeding you all of the details and answers all in one! a real page turner and one that I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!! 24 Mar 2012
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Having been born in the town, I remember all the places (& pubs) in this brilliant book. Its a great read & I've recommented it to all my family & friends. A great first book for a frist time author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A right good read 7 Dec 2011
Considering this is the authors first book, i think it's a right good read. It rips along at a cracking pace but also takes time to paint a picture of a rural upbringing in the 60's and 70's. Sure you have to get in to it to understand the characters and their relationships but i quickly picked this up after the first couple of chapters. As for switching between years at each chapter, on film it would be called "flashback"!,so would make an excellent screenplay.
Can't wait for the other 2 books in the trilogy...........................................and the film?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 23 Nov 2011
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I bought this book after searching for content for my new Kindle. It's described as a thriller, which I'm not sure I would agree with, but I did love the book!

Like other reviewers have said, it took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did, I was totally hooked. This was mostly down to Stu, the very lovable main character. The story is told from his perspective and jumps between the present day and when he was a boy. By the time I was halfway through, I was so drawn in by the mystery that surrounds his childhood, that I found it very hard to put down.

It's very well written and a great quick read. Stick with it past the first couple of chapters and you won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 Nov 2011
I found the read compulsive and the characters intriguing. The plot gained momentum throughout right up to its final conclusion. The whole tone of the book was incredibly atmospheric of its two time zones and the feel of place was fantastic.
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