Blood Water by Dean Vincent Carter
They're all dead now. I am the last one. Dr Morrow can't identify the 'thing' he found living in the lake but he knows it's dangerous ...then it goes missing ...Caught in the flood that is devastating the town, brothers Sean and James stumble across Morrow and the carnage left at his lab. The missing specimen is some kind of deadly parasite that moves from person to person, destroying its hosts in disgusting, gory ways. The death toll will rise along with the waters unless the brothers can track down the homicidal specimen and find a way to destroy it.
Blood Water is a fast-paced horror novel aimed mainly at teens but written in a style which makes it accessible to adults. It does not bring anything too original to the genre but is unquestionably a worthy and enjoyable addition to a rather ignored niche. I was instantly reminded of a book I once read by renowned horror writer Shaun Hutson, called Slugs, but while Blood Water undoubtedly has its moments of gore they are not excessive and will be unlikely to cause any sleepless nights. Shaun Hutson’s book on the other hand…
I am a voracious reader and often finish books in two to three days. I finished Blood Water within twenty-four hours and this is possibly the highest commendation I can give it – it is not a short story but very easy to read and the pages really do pass by in a blur.
The main characters, Sean and James, are easy to relate to and the supporting cast is strong. There are some wonderfully gory scenes; melting internal organs, blood spurting from mouths etc… but a strength that Dean Vincent Carter shows is in keeping the gore to a minimum and thereby ensuring that when these moments do arrive they carry more impact. Also, what makes the “monster” all the more chilling is that it is sentient; it has an overpowering survival instinct and does what it must to ensure it stays alive. In fact, you could almost say that the parasite was a character that you could emphasise with; not something you can always say about the “monster” in a horror book.
Another element of the book that really stood out was the ever present rain as the village itself became flooded. The torrential downpour helped create an oppressive atmosphere which in turn heightened tension and left me almost wanting to wring out my socks at the end.
For some strange reason though it was a dog that really had me crossing my fingers and rooting for its survival, not the teenage boys. I find that a bit worrying – does it mean I hold canine life in a higher regard than human?
Blood Water is a recommended read. It is perfect for those needing a novel to help them through a long journey, or for those looking for a book to take on holiday.
Dean Carter began writing short stories at the age of fourteen. After graduating from Thames Valley University with a degree in English and Media Studies, he worked in sales and as a bookseller before getting a job in the Post room at Transworld Publishers and Random House Children's Books. His writing talent was spotted by his editor after she read his company-wide emails. His first novel, The Hand of the Devil was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. He lives in Hounslow, Middlesex and still works in the post room.
This Blood Water book review was written by Floresiensis
Have you read Blood Water?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Blood Water reader reviews
Sarah from Newcastle
There isn't a massive amount of horror out there for the young adult market so it was refreshing to find something I felt was suitable for my teenage daughter. It doesn't have the gore of the adult novels but what it does brilliantly is create tension and the constantly falling rain makes for a claustrophobic and oppressive sense of impending doom. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this novel.
8/10 from 2 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Zinzi December has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit, and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her l...
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by t...
It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the town so horribly different. In the storm drains and sewers "It" lurks, taking the shape of every nightmare,...
Residue follows 17-year-old Jack Bishop after his father is abducted and a monster is let loose in his small town. As he looks for his father, he begins to notice that he c...
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell. She a...
In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were rai...
Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he...
The Silent End
In a mist-covered town in the Pacific Northwest three teenagers find themselves pitted against an unearthly menace that dwells beneath the foundations of their high school....
Sweet Sixteen and never been... killed. Leslie Burrows was born the same day as her grandmother, and each year they have two celebration parties with her grandmother's ...
In the Devil's Name
Some of the locals in Ballantrae still tell tales about haunted Bennane Head, the cliffs just up the coast where mythical mass murderer and cannibal Sawney Beane is said to...
To catch a killer, Finn Maguire may have to become one... Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Best of 2016
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spe...
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the ...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. Soon, Hallie is tumbling through...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...