Candy Denman: When Love Lies Bleeding

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for When Love Lies Bleeding. My review is written with thanks to Emma Welton of damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher.


A killer flu pandemic exacerbated by a shortage of the only effective treatment has the West Coast of America in a panic.

Journalist Joe Hames, flying in to save his job and cover the story has an ulterior motive: to make contact with his long-lost former girlfriend and love of his life, Cassie.Joe tries to find Cassie, whilst also trying to get hold of information on why the death toll is higher in California than anywhere else before any of the other journalists that have descended on the city. At the pharmaceutical company where she worked, Joe finds out that Cassie is dead: she was run down by a cable car two weeks earlier. When he goes to her funeral, he is surprised to find that he has become a person of interest to the police.Or did she die? Joe begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, and in the fog-drenched streets of San Francisco, Joe unravels the real story resulting in a finale played out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Someone was really going to die this time, and not of the flu.


Despite the short length, When Love Lies Bleeding is a very engaging read. It is full of suspense and the twists and turns of the plot and fast paced writing style kept me reading until the end.

The narrator is Joe Hames, and hearing from him in first person made it easy for me to feel sympathy for him and root for him in his cause. Despite his obvious flaws, I found him to be quite a likeable character.

I signed up to this blog tour before the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were fully realised. At this time, When Love Lies Bleeding feels very true to life, and this adds some extra tension to this novella.

When Love Lies Bleeding is available from Amazon.

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