In Bloom

by C. J. Skuse

Part of the Sweetpea series Series

Thriller and Suspense Crime and Mystery Family Drama Humorous fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of In Bloom

A provocative, cackle inducing, thunderbolt of a book, if you have a delicate disposition, don’t stop here!

So deeply dark (and satisfying) this book just might locate a tad of the dark side in you too. Rhiannon is back! If that doesn’t mean anything to you, stop here and do not pass go, head straight out and buy yourself a copy of Sweetpea first. You have to read Sweetpea (one of my books of 2017) followed by In Bloom (which will be one of my books of 2018) because there is no other way.

I simply adored the shock-fest that introduces serial killer Rhiannon and wondered how on earth C. J. Skuse could top the thrill of discovering Rhiannon for the first time. The answer is that I fell head long into the story and refused to come up for air until I had finished, I found a darker, and perhaps if possible, a more provocative read, though one that still delivers killer blows of humour. Quite how the writing doesn’t tip over into a farcical blood-bath I’m not sure, it just proves the beautiful balanced touch to the writing that encourages thought, while inducing cackles. The truly fabulous kill list continues, more of Rhiannon’s back story is revealed, a certain little voice adds a delicious note of reasoned absurdity, and oh my word that ending! Trampling over conventionality and kicking conscience in the face, In Bloom is an immensely powerful and stimulating read.

Liz Robinson

In Bloom Synopsis

`Makes Hannibal Lecter look like Mary Poppins... this is going to give me a serious book hangover' John Marrs, author of The One If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME! Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiance Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she's free. Except for one small problem. She's pregnant with her ex lover's child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop. But can a killer's urges ever really be curbed?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008216726
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Author: C. J. Skuse
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
Other Genres:
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What To Read After In Bloom

Then She Was Gone
Five Days to Die
The Child

C. J. Skuse Press Reviews

`An absolute marvel of a book - SO dark, SO laugh-out-loud funny, the world through Rhiannon's eyes is perfectly, acutely observed. Brilliant!' SJI Holliday

`This darkly comic novel...has the potential to become a cult classic.' Daily Mail

`Sweetpea hits all the right buttons. A dark, twisted read about a female serial killer with dollops of humour, sarcasm and a lightweight approach...keeping you gripped and on the hook, both smiling and squirming.' Maxim Jakubowski, Lovereading

`You MUST read this book especially if you like your (anti) heroes dirty-mouthed, deadly and dark, dark dark. ADORED IT' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

`This isn't a book for the squeamish or the faint-hearted ... think Bridget Jones meets American Psycho' Red

`This book is OUTRAGEOUS' Compulsive Readers

`This anti-hero is psychotic without doubt, sexually voracious and incredibly funny.', Shots magazine

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ISBN: 9780008216726
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About C. J. Skuse

C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children's fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. Sweetpea is CJ’s first adult novel. C.J. Skuse is our Putting Authors in the Picture Feature for February 2019. Click here to read more about her author journey on our blog. 

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