Saturday, September 20, 2008

Book Review: Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe

ISBN: 978-0451224873
Publisher: Signet
Paperback: 320 pages
Genre: Suspense Thriller
First Line: The man heaved himself out of the driver's seat of a Mercedes C350 sedan, holding on to the doorframe until his feet were settled on the asphalt.
One Word Review: Enjoyable

Claudia Rose is a forensic handwriting expert whose latest client is the widow of a rich, older man, Paige Sorensen. Paige made enemies of her stepchildren when she was awarded her husband's entire estate, including the Sorensen Academy, school to the rich and famous. When Paige and a troubled student go missing, Claudia is determined to discover the truth and find them before it's too late.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a book that's protagonist is a handwriting expert, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed Written in Blood. There were a few moments when I questioned just how much information Claudia could really gather from simply looking at a few words written on a page, but for the most part it was believable and exciting. The story moves at a nice quick pace, and it's definitely entertaining throughout the story. The characters are well fleshed out, and Claudia is a very likable heroine. The interactions between Claudia and Annabelle, the student, are particularly engaging. While the ending may not come as a complete shock, there is enough suspense and action to keep the reader interested through the end. I'd recommend Written in Blood to anyone looking for a fun and exhilarating read.


Shana said...

Traci, I love your one-word review feature.

Traci said...

Thank you. Some pose more of a challenge than others, and some are probably cleverer than others, but I enjoy trying to narrow it down to just one word.

Sheila Lowe said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Written in Blood. Regarding your comment, "I questioned just how much information Claudia could really gather from simply looking at a few words written on a page," I want to assure you that everything Claudia found that could certainly be seen in handwriting. I'd like to invite you to visit my web site: for information. And, of course,

Traci said...


Thank you for visiting my blog. As to the handwriting analysis, I think for me it was more that she was so certain of seeing things that to me were more an indicator of possibilities or probabilities. But, still, I thought the story was captivating, and I had a hard time putting the book down. Thanks again for visiting.