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.