Blood Re(a)d: Purified by Elizabeth Sullivan

I’m pretty excited to host Elizabeth Sullivan on her blog tour for Purified, a dark, thrilling read with plenty of twists to keep you guessing.

purified_coverABOUT PURIFIED

Genres: Thriller / Noir
Date Published: November 27, 2014
Published By: Short on Time Books
 
When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra.

Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client’s private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her.

PURIFIED is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them.

EXCERPT

One

The fact it was drizzling did not dim the useful moonlight. The body had been meticulously scrubbed with antibacterial soap; hair shampooed; new white underwear guarded against the old jeans. The plastic gloves and the rain slowed down the digging. The skies opened just a bit more, but enough to wash away progress. Voices from a distance slightly accelerated the final touches. The exact placement of the artifacts was crucial. Finally, success. It was a shallow grave, but it was never meant to be anything more than a beginning.

MY REVIEW

My Rating: dropletdropletdropletdropletdroplet_grey (out of 5)

To say this tale is both dark and thrilling would be an understatement. Gruesome deeds are investigated by Detective Blake and female PI Oldman, each with their own demons to contend with, ones that color the story and their views of their world and the situation they find themselves in.

Perhaps it is that reason that makes Beck the perfect person to investigate the crimes. And Blake the perfect person to solve the crimes with her.

Each has a tumultuous past that propels them head-first into the pursuit for a sadistic killer with an equally sadistic ritual that the two investigators must face if they want to bring the killer to justice.

The strong female character and echoes of the author’s own passion for social justice issues add an extra level of interest and intrigue.

Though not for the faint of heart, I would still recommend this read to those who like dark, thrilling reads where sinister forces are at play and flawed characters strive to overcome the darkness around them.

ElizabethSullivanABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth S. Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in the LA area. Impassioned by social justice issues, inspired by her parents, she pursued teaching and earned a law degree. She has written five screenplays, one short. Her screenplays have placed or won such as: Nicholl, Austin, Page, and American Zoetrope. These recognitions garnered her a manager, Alexia Melocchi, Little Studio Films. Her first novel, PURIFIED, portrays a strong female protagonist in the genre of a noir thriller.  Sullivan explores issues of race, gender, privacy in the cyber age. She has written several blogs on of women in fiction featured on Venture Galleries.  She is busy working on the sequel to PURIFIED and a new screenplay.

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