Friday, January 22, 2010
Thicker Than Blood
Read the first chapter of Thicker Than Blood.
About The Author
C. J. Darlington began writing the story that would become her first novel Thicker than Blood when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in Thicker than Blood before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.
In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site Titletrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats.
When she's not writing, she's reading. Her hobbies include book and art collecting, fly fishing, painting and drawing.
There aren't many books that suck me in and refuse to let me go. However, I sat down to just skim through the first few pages of this book and soon realized that it was getting dark and my boys would be needing supper. After scrounging through the refrigerator to find some leftovers I dashed back to my reading spot to keep reading.
I can't find one word to sum up this book. The complexities of characters and plot are so well done that you become engrossed. Christy, the main character, has real problems. She addresses so many of them, but the one she just can't seem to address is the one that is truly the root. It is her alcoholism. She is a lifestyle alcoholic. Do you know people like that? I do. I grew up with people like that and I know people like that today. Alcohol is a part of their every day life and they think they are functioning fine. However, they are not. Like in real life, Christy is surrounded by people who enable her lifestyle.
Part of this book talks about a problem that is rarely addressed in society today. Emotional abuse. Whether it is a parent, sibling, spouse or friend, emotional abuse is just as harmful as physical abuse. Being manipulated, put through guilt trips and having someone play mind games with you plays havoc on your emotional well being.
Miss Darlington writes with amazing depth despite the fact that she is such a new writer. I cannot wait to read her future writings. I also cannot wait to share this new book with our local ministries which could use this as a tool for talking with young men and women.