Salt of Their Blood Paperback – 1 Oct 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
It takes a couple of chapters to get into so many different characters but once you do I was intrigued as to if and how they were all connected - a few chapters in it doesn't disappoint - all the loose ends and characters (and there are lots) all start to tie together and then you're really hooked.
The places were so well described I felt I'd been there myself -I could smell them the smokey pub and feel the atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed the chapters of Stu as a young boy - probably reminding us all of long, lazy, misspent summer holidays.
It made me cry in places, gasp out loud in surprise at others but mainly wanting to know what had really happened in that small town.
Can't wait for the other 2 books in the trilogy...........................................and the film?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not normally the type of book that I like to read but once I started I really enjoyed it. As a resident of Wantage I could relate to and picture the scenes in my head... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by N Rooke
Having lived in the area of the book since I was six, I was facinated by the descriptions of older Wantage and enjoyed placing all the different pubs (there were a lot of pubs in... Read morePublished on 14 April 2012 by Phil Cox
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. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2012 by J. E. Symonds
I found it really confusing that each chapter in the book kept changing backwards and forwards in time throughout the whole book.
Also it was a bit too descriptive for me.