Qwantu Amaru's stunning debut novel, One Blood, takes place in New Orleans. This thriller/suspense novel hooked me right from the beginning. When it opens, a man, fleeing from the voice of his dead wife, is running in the darkness through the streets of New Orleans. Why is she calling out to him? Are her intentions good or bad?
So begins this novel full of skillfully planted flashbacks and dream sequences that takes one back and forth through time. These flashbacks and dreams reveal many of the events that lead up to what is presently happening. Each new piece of the mystery revealed leaves you wanting to know more. I can understand why it took him so many years to write this brilliant novel.
The governor of Louisiana has a sordid past full of secrets – secrets that he doesn't want known. Because of the curse on his family, when a child reaches the age of eighteen, he or she dies. The governor is the only one who has cheated this curse and survived. This ultimate survivor not only beat the curse, but he also overcame brain cancer. Since he has had to witness the deaths of many of his family members, yet lives on, he considers his survival to be a curse.
Qwantu Amaru takes you deep into the dark and mysterious world of voodoo as you learn of revenge being sought. And a major hurricane is approaching New Orleans. Could the weather be portraying the events going on in the spiritual world?
I would not recommend that the faint of heart read this book. The vivid imagery may be quite unsettling for you. If you like novels that keep you on the edge of your seat, novels that keep you awake because you just have to know what happens next, and novels that are not a disappointment, then you will love this book. A PDF version of this book was sent to me free of charge by the publisher.
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