Book Review: Blood Secret by Jaye Ford

Blood Secret

Title: Blood Secret by Jaye Ford
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publication Date: October 20th 2015
Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Nothing ever happens in Haven Bay, which is why Rennie Carter – a woman who has been on the run for most of her life – stayed there longer than she should. The illusion of security is broken one night when Max Tully, the man she loves and the reason she stayed, vanishes without trace.

Rennie, though, is the only person who believes Max is in danger. The police are looking in the wrong places, and Max’s friends and his business partner keep hinting at another, darker side to him.

But Rennie Carter understands about double lives – after all, that’s not even her real name …


Jaye Ford has a way of hooking you into her stories by creating conflict with questions. Blood Secret starts off well, and like Rennie, you’re initially unsure whether Max was attacked, or if he simply walked away. The story unravels slowly as more and more information comes to light.

All of the characters in Blood Secret are well developed. They have pasts, flaws, and can be both likeable and unlikeable at the same time. You’re not sure who to trust any more than Rennie is. I always enjoy trying to work out who the “bad person” is in these stories.

The setting just south of Newcastle is one I’m familiar with in real life. The features of the area play an important part in this novel, deepening the mystery and aiding in the solving of it.

The ending was satisfying, and I really felt for one of the characters, but it didn’t have the same punch as some of Jaye’s other novels. Nevertheless, Blood Secret was a quick and enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.