Blood Loss: DI Paton Investigates: Book One by Kerena Swan @KerenaSwan @HobeckBooks #BloodLoss #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Rebecca Collins at Hobeck Books for inviting me to read and review this book.

Blood Loss: DI Paton Investigates: Book One by [Kerena Swan]



With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.


With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.


Blood Loss: DI Paton Investigates: Book One


The story begins with the frenzied killing of a man, and the fleeing of the woman that just murdered him. There is no remorse for what she has done, as she believes that it is all his fault. She feels that she has covered her tracks well when she has gotten away, but only time will tell.

The story breaks into two strands, one following the life of Sarah, whose name often changes throughout the story and Jenna, who leads a very different life to Sarah. It isn’t long before you find out where the story is going, and it never loses the creepy edge from the first page. It is a story that makes you put yourself into each of the two women’s lives and wonder just what you would do.

Once the murdered man is discovered the story takes on a new pace with DI Paton in a race against time to catch the mysterious woman that fled the scene. I liked this character from the start. It is a couple of weeks since the man died, and no-one has yet reported him missing. The trail is quickly getting colder, but he feels this could be the big case he needs to give him a push up the ladder that he is after.

It is a brilliant storyline with excellent characters that keep those pages turning until the breath-taking conclusion. My arms broke out in goose-bumps! Wow!

I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Kerena Swan

Kerena lives on the Bedfordshire/Buckingham border with her husband, son and two cats. She also has two daughters and two granddaughters.

‘Dying to See You’ is Kerena’s first novel, Her second book ‘Scared to Breathe is being released on 3rd June 2019. Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience in the problematic world of social work, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir genre.

Twitter: @KerenaSwan…

Blood Loss: DI Paton Investigates: Book One by [Kerena Swan]

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