Review: Blood Mark by JP McLean


What if your lifelong curse is the only thing keeping you alive? Abandoned at birth, life has always been a battle for Jane Walker. She and her best friend, Sadie, spent years fighting to survive Vancouver’s cutthroat underbelly. That would have been tough enough without Jane’s mysterious afflictions: an intricate pattern of blood-red birthmarks that snake around her body and vivid, heart-wrenching nightmares that feel so real she wakes up screaming.

After she meets the first man who isn’t repulsed by her birthmarks, Jane thinks she might finally have a chance at happiness. Her belief seems confirmed as the birthmarks she’s spent her life so ashamed of magically begin to disappear. Yet, the quicker her scarlet marks vanish, the more lucid and disturbing Jane’s nightmares become—until it’s impossible to discern her dreams from reality, and Jane comes to a horrifying realization:

The nightmares that have plagued her since childhood are actually visions of real people being stalked by a deadly killer. And all this time, her birthmarks have been the only things protecting her from becoming his next victim.

Blood Mark is the first in a brand-new paranormal thriller series by JP McLean, author of The Gift Legacy series and whose writing has been described as “. . . deftly crafted, impressively original, and inherently compelling from first page to last.”

Rating: 5-stars


Blood Mark by JP McLean is one of those addictive suspense building novels. Every page brings out more mystery, a sense of deadly foretelling, and more lure. I am hooked! The main protagonist has been hiding her marks trying to be normal. But soon she learns more of her marks and her ability. Once she understands them and what they mean, the better. Victims, a killer, and strange illusions make for a compelling story. The heroine is extremely likable. I wanted more of her story as I kept digging. The more I dig, the more I could not stop. It is that engaging. Blood Mark is the first in a series by this talented writer. I am not familiar with J.P. McLean’s writing. This is my first experience, and I cannot wait to dig into the next book! This writer is like my other two must read authors: Heather Graham and Lynsay Sands. I love the suspense and the dramatic flair. Overall, it is a well-written novel that I highly recommend to all paranormal and suspense fans.

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