Book Review: Paradox Forged in Blood

Title: Paradox Forged in Blood
Author: Mary Frances Fisher

From Mary Frances Fisher comes her debut novel, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD, a compelling work of historical fiction based on true events and stories passed down from the author’s family.

A murder on Millionaire’s Row.
A killer’s chilling words, “Shh. I know where you live.”
A woman tormented by her guilt-ridden past.

A historical murder mystery, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD is set in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late 1930s. Four decades after the murder of socialite Louis Sheridan, the cold case is resurrected with receipt of new evidence that transports detectives back to Nazi Germany. The only living witness, Ellen O’Malley, must confront a haunting secret and her complicit actions.

My Review

This book was difficult for me to get into, but I am in a huge depression (one of my major mental illnesses) so that could have been part of my issue with it. By and by the author knew her research & the era that she chose to write in. The characters were all well written and left enough to the imagination for me. The story line and plot was a bit difficult for me to get into but with what I said earlier that could be the issue. I would choose to read this book again once I feel better and see if my review changes.

I think part of my problem was that if Ellen O’Malley along with the maid had a backbone then the crime would have been solved right after it happened, but they did not have a backbone. Yes, I understand that their families were threatened and I can not, honestly, say I would not do the same thing. I would like to think that I would have told the police or at the very least talked over with my family for their suggestions. That part of the story line really bothered me a lot.

I would recommend reading this book. The mystery of the crook will keep you guessing even though you think you know who it is and you are right, but at the same time you are completely wrong. It was a very interesting first book and I look forward to seeing what Mary Frances Fisher writes next.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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