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Raise The Blade: A gripping psychological thriller laced with black humour by [Makovesky, Tess]
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About the Author

Liverpool lass Tess is now settled in the far north of England where she roams the fells with a brolly, dreaming up new stories and startling the occasional sheep. Tess writes a distinctive brand of British comedie noir and her short stories have darkened the pages of various anthologies and magazines, including Shotgun Honey, Pulp Metal Magazine, Out of the Gutter Online, 'Exiles: An Outsider Anthology' (Blackwitch Press), 'Drag Noir' (Fox Spirit), 'Rogue' (Near to the Knuckle), 'Locked and Loaded' (One Eye Press), and 'Last Word' (Joyride Press). Her debut novella, a pyschological noir called 'Raise the Blade', is due out from Caffeine Nights Publishing in 2016. You can follow her ramblings (both literary and literal) at her website: http://www.tessmakovesky.com .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1033 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JM604G2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #538,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Brian Warren first tells his probation officer Jo Jackson about finding a body, she doesn't believe him but as she digs deeper into his story she uncovers a grisly truth.

A serial killer and six unconnected victims are trapped in a web of violence in Tess Makovesky's cracking debut Raise The Blade, a brutal slice of Brit Grit crime fiction.
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What a little gem of a book, really enjoyed it cleverly written with no boring useless information.
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I don't generally read crime thrillers, but the author made this an incredibly, seamless transition for me and Raise the Blade is an extremely well-written and engaging, fabulous debut. Duncan is a psychopath, a chilling character very well-drawn, and the first paragraph pulls you into the heart of the drama. In fact, all of the characters are well-drawn, and the reader is on the edge of their seat, wondering if each victim is going to survive or not. It's a gritty crime novella with a sprinkling of dark humour and cleverly crafted, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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This is a fun read, as well as being deliciously bloody and playfully malevolent. Tess Makovesky captivates the reader with her witty, mischievous, dark humour. I recommend it!
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Having read several of the author's short stories; I knew that Tess had an eye for several things: crime, noir and dark comedy, and a good handle on giving you interesting characters.
The first is the main focus of this collection, with a dash of black comedy for good measure (You almost have to laugh at the daftness of the victims… almost).
What you get is a series of deliciously dark vignettes that chronicle the downfall or discovery of a victim - always keeping the murderer to no more than a brief appearance. A study in desperation, hope for better things and over-exercised curiosity draws the complex range of characters into the killer's grasp and lets you see it from the other side: how do people end up as another tragic number? What is their weakness?
Eventually of course, we get to the reasons, the heart of the matter - but you can read on a little longer can’t you...?
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By Relax and Read Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2016
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4.5*

Raise the Blade is a gruesome short story that harbours one of the sickest, vilest, most twisted serial killers I've ever read about. In this brilliantly written, at times terrifying, book, author Tess Makovesky has given birth to a completely new dimension in the interaction between killer and victim.

In all the murder mysteries I've read, it's always the killer who goes out for the kill. Not so in Raise the Blade. In this book, rather than trying to escape the killer's clutches, the victims are the ones who go and actually seek him, fully knowledgeable that he's a killer. But why? What is it that attracts them to him like moths to a light source?

This book can also be considered an interesting study of human nature, of human psychology. Each of the characters we meet in this book has his/her own reasoning behind their decision to track down the killer instead of doing the right thing and go to the police.

Well, I found myself very much engrossed by this book and ended up devouring it in a very short time. I just wished it was longer with a more expanded plot. Very brilliant, original concept I'm sure serial killer thriller lovers like me will enjoy. Highly recommended.

With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
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