Lazy Blood Paperback – 20 Jan 2016
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I felt I had lived his life, with the good times and the bad and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments along the way, along with a good deal of sadness.
It was a real page turner for me, and took me just five days to read it.
His description of prison life was so vivid, it should have come to know surprise at the back of the book with the author's disclosure that he was indeed himself a prison officer for a number of years.
The novel was worthy of five stars because the premise, characterisation, narrative, and pace of the book was spot on. I will certainly be reading the work of Ross Greenwood again.
Honest opinion initially I would say no, to much violence for me! But it didn't stop me reading it, I had to finish it, and every moment I could I picked it up to continue as I wanted to read the outcome.
I initially thought this was perhaps based on a true story maybe about the author but it can't have been as he was a prison officer.
During the book when Will was arrested when his friend was actually driving the vehicle, I found myself getting cross, why the hell didn't he tell them it wasn't him why take the blame etc so it did get me involved in the story.
I did not like the ending but I'm going to ask are you writing a follow up? If so I can see why you have left it there.
so did I enjoy it......... Well ......I read it, I couldn't put it down
I wanted Will to come good
will I be looking out for the follow up.. Yes! and just to conclude I can't stop thinking about it.
So I guess it's a yes from me:-)
I found this novel a real page-turner and hard to put down.
The story begins in jail. The back-fill to this follows, tracking the lives of a group of school friends. They largely maintain contact, even though their lives diverge over the decades - which creates tensions in the dynamics of the group.
Their relationships persist through the years, even though some have become toxic, in a bid to cling to a semblance of stability in their lives. Almost inevitably, unquestioning mutual loyalty takes certain characters to uncomfortable situations of criminality. Situations that were easier to go along with, and where regrets are stifled.
Cleverly written with well-developed characters, the author manipulates your empathy and takes you to an unexpected conclusion.
In summary, despite this not being my typical genre I thought this was a very well written, funny and entertaining read. And for a first novel, cracking effort!
I really felt for the main character as he made so many bad choices, often as a result of misplaced loyalty to a destructive and emotionally dysfunctional friend. It can happen so easily, especially when young and impressionable.
It was interesting to read a story set in my home town, kept trying to place the action.
Thank you Ross, I can imagine how writing the book took over your life, yet selfishly I look forward to your next one.
I loved the way the story begins in prison and then about a quarter of the way through the book it delves into what happened before Will got sentenced.
A book about friendship and hatred in equal measure, at times the story becomes harrowing but it adds to the story and doesn’t distort from it in anyway.
Trying not to give any spoilers away, just read it and enjoy this incredible journey like I have.