From Blood by Edward Wright
Publisher: Vantage Point
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (320 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
After giving up on her Ph.D., Shannon Fairchild, a brilliant but alienated young woman, has settled into an unambitious life cleaning the homes of the wealthy. The sudden and horrific murder of her parents, both respected academics, leads her to discover that they were part of the radical anti-war movement of the 1960s and to suspect that their killer’s motive may lie in their past. She soon finds that they were friends of Diana Burke and John Paul West, two of America’s most wanted fugitives, anti-war militants who went underground after a fatal bombing in 1968 and never resurfaced.
Propelled by her mother’s dying words – "Find them and warn them" – Shannon sets out on a mission to track down the couple and tell them that someone is after them – someone much more dangerous than the FBI. Her search, which begins in California and ranges through much of western America, takes her into unexplored territory as she discovers an unexpected personal connection to Burke and West. As she unearths long-buried secrets while trying to stay one step ahead of a shadowy killer, she feels the passions of the tumultuous Sixties being reborn, and she now knows that nothing is more dangerous than someone willing to die for a cause.
Just when Shannon thinks that she’s about to get it all together, tragedy strikes and sends her running up along the west coast in search of answers to questions she didn’t even know she should be asking. With nothing more to go on than her mother’s dying words, she drops everything to go in search of a couple she’s never met. What she’s about to find along the way will change her forever.
Shannon Fairchild is an extremely complex character and one I wasn’t sure I was going to like at all in the very beginning. She has more issues than any one woman needs, to be honest. As the story progresses, however, she lets go of her biggest vice, and really grows as a character. Seeing this made me very happy because it would have been entirely too easy to let her wallow in the depths of budding alcoholism and anger management issues. Shannon turned out to be not just a likable character, but a very relatable one as well.
An interesting twist to this novel, I found, was the links to the protests over the Vietnam War. Being a huge lover of history and historical novels in general, knowing that some of the major players in this story were involved in such a major historical event engaged my curiosity even more. Little things like that really bring a story to life for me, making it more real and relatable.
From Blood is an intense story laced with mystery, rebellion, and hard truth. With a plot that keeps you guessing, you can’t help but be carried along with Shannon and her crew as she flies from city to city, state to state, in an attempt to find them and warn them, whomever they might be. What – and who – she finds takes her quite by surprise. And could quite possibly destroy everything she’s ever known or loved.