Saturday, 13 June 2009

Blood Water by Dean Vincent Carter

From Amazon: 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.

I haven't seen many teen horror books around recently, so I was pretty excited about reading this one. It's fast-paced and exciting, and would make a great low-budget horror film.

The main characters, Sean and James, are easy to relate to, and are both intelligent and practical. Unlike some YA characters, they act their age, and make stupid, rash decisions just like any teenager would.

My favourite part of Blood Water is the inclusion of the parasite. Like every other lifeform, it's just trying to survive, and infecting other living things is the only way it can do that. It's an intelligent creature, which I wasn't expecting; I thought it'd just be a run-of-the-mill parasite, like something last seen in Slither. I'm glad it had more of a personality, as this humanised it, and made me sympathise with its situation.

This book has some brilliant gory scenes, and doesn't shy away from describing melting insides and missing entrails. It's probably not the ideal read if you're squeamish, but if you like your book with a bit of blood and guts, then Blood Water has just that. Dean Vincent Carter has managed to successfully resurrect the teen horror genre, and I hope he writes more in the future. I'll definitely be looking out for more books from him!


Kate said...

I love the sound of this book! It sounds really interesting and just the type of book I'd enjoy. Excellent review :)

Chicklish said...

I love the sound of this! My second favourite genre after romance is horror. Yes, I know that sounds weird. ;) Thanks for the great review!

Steph Su said...

I just might actually be interested in this! Don't read a lot of teen horror books (don't know a lot of them, actually), so this is great! Thanks!

Thao said...

The book is too scary for me but I do like how it sounds ^^

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I don't read horror very often but this sounds fantastic.