Rod Reynolds: Blood Red City

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Blood Red City. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows.

When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect … and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.

A nerve-shattering and brutally realistic thriller, Blood Red City bursts with energy and grit from the opening page, twisting and feinting to a superb, unexpected ending that will leave you breathless.

Keeping the secret could cost your life. Telling the secret could cost you everything.


From the very first page of Blood Red City, where Reynolds describes the London landscape, I was pulled into this action packed novel and struggled to let go. The description is incredibly detailed and the sense of place is impeccable, and although I am not particularly familiar with the capital, I could picture everything perfectly.

Reynolds introduces the reader to two central characters, Lydia Wright and Michael Stringer. These characters are very well developed, and although they have obvious flaws, I understood what they wanted to achieve and was intrigued to see how they would work together and how their plans would come together. Their back stories are thorough and I enjoyed finding out what made them tick. The more minor characters are also well developed and it was interesting to discover their motives.

The plot of Blood Red City is very complex but I never felt that it went over my head. The complicated concepts are explained in a detailed but accessible way, and it really opened my eyes to what may go on in the financial sector! This novel must have been planned in minute detail and I loved how all the different parts of the plot intersected with each other.

As the novel came to the end, the tension increased more and more. There is a definite sense of danger and I was on tenterhooks wanting to know what would happen next.

Blood Red City is available from Amazon.

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