A Love Like Blood

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The first novel for adults by hugely acclaimed YA writer Marcus Sedgwick: a gripping saga of love, revenge, and obsession.

In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man in a dark tunnel, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterward that worse tragedies happen during war.

Seven years later he returns to the city—and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating, beautiful young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow . . .

A Love Like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man's life can change in a moment and about where the desire for truth—and revenge—can lead.


Published February 2015

Sedgwick shifts triumphantly to adult fiction with this moving and multifaceted thriller
Starred review - Publisher’s Weekly
Here’s a novel that tastes of blood and dust, as a fine old-fashioned horror story should.
Daniel Krauss, Booklist
In this macabre psychological thriller, Sedgwick offers atmospheric settings and a relentless, chilling plot that gives a whole new meaning to the idea of "blood feud."
Kirkus Reviews
There’s a pulsating subliminal seduction in Marcus Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood.
Diabolique Magazine
Classy, elegant and gripping. You know from the first page that you´re in good hands. A novel for a chilly night with a cup of tea and a warm blanket where you start reading and then go on and on, unable to stop.
John Ajvide Lindqvist
A Love Like Blood manages to play with vampire tropes while lifting the novel to stranger, more compelling heights. A great read.
Joe R. Lansdale
Sedgwick's account of a man driven to the edge stands head and shoulders above most of the competition - terrifying, thrilling and relentless.
The Guardian, London