With crackling dialogue, spot-on scene-building and an utterly engaging writing style, Ms Welsh has produced a very impressive novel in In The Blood. I tore through this novel in a single day.
Written in third-person, past tense throughout, In The Blood is a lovely work from Lesley Welsh and one that displays her impressive technical range. The narrative flits between several characters, time periods, and cities early on, at once sweeping the reader directly into the characters’’ psyche, situations and their lives with some urgency. In The Blood possesses one of the most invigorating openings of any novel I’ve read in recent times.
For me, Welsh’s skill lies in her enormous talent for making each of her characters sound so different on the page despite being written in the same tense and POV. Many very successful writers struggle to develop this skill, Ms Welsh is simply gifted with a tremendous dexterity in characterisation.
In The Blood is an enormously enjoyable read. Entertaining, unflinching and seeped in dark intent, the novel leaves this reader lamenting that the late Ms Welsh won’t gift her readers another work.
Lesley Welsh was a freelance writer whose work appeared in numerous UK magazines over several years, including Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. She later teamed up with her editor partner to run their own London-based magazine publishing company Moondance Media until 2008.
She moved to Spain, where she began writing novels, and working as a publicist for a charitable organisation which helps fund shelters for victims of domestic violence.
Her first novel, (published under her own name, Lesley Ann Sharrock) The Seventh Magpie, was published in the USA in 2012.
She then changed genre and, as Lesley Welsh, her debut crime novel, Truth Lies Buried, was published to great acclaim by Thomas & Mercer in June 2016.
Lesley went on to write The Serial Killer’s Daughter, which was published by Bookouture in June 2017. At her untimely death, Lesley had just completed a further novel, In the Blood, which is now available with Bloodhound Books.