London, 1678, Robert Hooke, the Curator of Experiments of the Royal Society, and his assistant, Harry Hunt are called in when the body of young boy is found, drained of blood and with numbers inscribed on his skin. It’s revealed that this isn’t this first body to be found and with other strange things happening it’s a major puzzle, is this a plot against the King or is it the work of Catholics?
The Bloodless Boy is a rich historical fiction novel that’s incredibly well written, the author has done a magical job of transporting the reader back in time and as the narrative style fits the period in time I felt like I was there alongside Harry and Robert.
I loved the short chapters in this book, it makes it very difficult to put down though. It’s not a story where you can read just one more chapter, I found myself having a couple of late nights with this one and with a plot that draws you in it’s a real page turner.
There are a lot of characters to get to grips with in this book but what I found really helpful was at the beginning there is a character list, it made it easy to just flip back and forth if needed.
The Bloodless Boy really is a fantastic read, it’s a story with many layers and a host of characters that are fact and fictitious which I loved. It really is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I’ll definitely be recommending it.
May thanks to Nikki at Melville House for the blog tour invite and ecopy of the book.