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"Chilling...A riveting thriller." NEW YORK MAGAZINE New York City is caught in the cold grip of a brutal serial killer who savagely rapes and murders his young, blonde victims. While ravaging them, his mind whirls with symphonic images and raging desires--rarely giving thought to his loving wife and child. Young, blonde Zelly Wyche has a new baby and a happy life with her dep "Chilling...A riveting thriller." NEW YORK MAGAZINE New York City is caught in the cold grip of a brutal serial killer who savagely rapes and murders his young, blonde victims. While ravaging them, his mind whirls with symphonic images and raging desires--rarely giving thought to his loving wife and child. Young, blonde Zelly Wyche has a new baby and a happy life with her dependable electrician husband. She, too, is petrified by the madness and the unthinkable tragedy of the murders. While the serial killers' sole survivor and a victim's brother mount a desperate vigilante hunt for the "Symphony Slasher," a chill runs up Zelly's spine. She is beginning to wonder if the killer could be closer than she thinks. But no. Impossible. She has to be dead wrong....


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"Chilling...A riveting thriller." NEW YORK MAGAZINE New York City is caught in the cold grip of a brutal serial killer who savagely rapes and murders his young, blonde victims. While ravaging them, his mind whirls with symphonic images and raging desires--rarely giving thought to his loving wife and child. Young, blonde Zelly Wyche has a new baby and a happy life with her dep "Chilling...A riveting thriller." NEW YORK MAGAZINE New York City is caught in the cold grip of a brutal serial killer who savagely rapes and murders his young, blonde victims. While ravaging them, his mind whirls with symphonic images and raging desires--rarely giving thought to his loving wife and child. Young, blonde Zelly Wyche has a new baby and a happy life with her dependable electrician husband. She, too, is petrified by the madness and the unthinkable tragedy of the murders. While the serial killers' sole survivor and a victim's brother mount a desperate vigilante hunt for the "Symphony Slasher," a chill runs up Zelly's spine. She is beginning to wonder if the killer could be closer than she thinks. But no. Impossible. She has to be dead wrong....

51 review for Blood Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I thought this bok was vey good. I got caught up in it right away! Excellent for a first novel. I want to see more. I've read One Two Buckle my Shoe but I need to find more of her work! I thought this bok was vey good. I got caught up in it right away! Excellent for a first novel. I want to see more. I've read One Two Buckle my Shoe but I need to find more of her work!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    WARNING: May contain triggers for violence/assault. People hurt one another, says this mournful and tentative thriller by first-time novelist Jessie Prichard Hunter, people hurt one another and then they hurt one another and then they hurt one another. A little boy grows up to be a murderer from the delicate bruises around his saintly mother's eyes and the crystalline classical music that she plays for him. He learns no way to love but through the garish precision of knife wounds. People hurt one WARNING: May contain triggers for violence/assault. People hurt one another, says this mournful and tentative thriller by first-time novelist Jessie Prichard Hunter, people hurt one another and then they hurt one another and then they hurt one another. A little boy grows up to be a murderer from the delicate bruises around his saintly mother's eyes and the crystalline classical music that she plays for him. He learns no way to love but through the garish precision of knife wounds. People hurt one another and then they hurt one another and then they hurt one another. A young woman is brutally killed and her fragile elder brother swears revenge. Another young woman is raped by the murderer, and her hands join with her fellow victim's brother's over an antique dagger. People hurt one another. A 'modern', 'healthy' young mother begins to fear her husband after his hands close over her neck during sex. People hurt one another. Yes, I want to say back to the author, yes, we hurt one another. We do terrible, unimaginable things, us human beings. And then we are left with calluses, scars, ravines and canyons gaping within our minds. Sometimes, then, we hurt one another more. But sometimes we don't. Sometimes we work to close up the ravines with whatever materials are at our disposal. We are kind to our lovers when they flinch or fear or flare out in anger. We hurt one another another and we hurt one another but we love one another too. I do not want to encourage the ultimately damaging myth that, by loving damaged and dangerous people we may cure them. That leads to men and women staying in emotionally and physically abusive relationships to the point that they themselves are hurt rather than being able to heal others. But I do believe in the human ability to live through the terrible and turn it into something beautiful, worthwhile, life-giving. I believe that the human mind and capacity for empathy is deeper than Hunter's simplistic criminal psychology would have us believe. I believe that individuals may harbor sadistic or masochistic desires, either orientationally or as a way of dealing with an event in their lives, and may express those desires in a way that does not cause further harm to those around us. I believe that we can heal. I understand the mindset from which Hunter is coming in writing this book, and I can sympathize with it. But, for myself, I think there is more to be said.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria C.

    I hate writing reviews when I didn’t like the book, but I’ll give it my best shot! Blood Music was the last book in my stack of “books I have access to during quarantine that I haven’t read”, so I was pretty psyched about that, but it really wasn’t good! I hate to say it, but it revealed the murderer like two chapters in and didn’t even have an adequate ending. Really fell short for me, has all of the characteristics of a not well written murder novel!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    This book is a first attempt at writing a mystery novel and yet it moves along quickly enough to keep you interested. Our main character, Zellie Wyche, narrates most of the book, setting up the scene and doing a great job of descriptive imagery. The first murder is depicted from an onlooker’s point of view, even though Zellie only reads about it in the paper later during the book. Zellie is a small-time fan of serial murders and often speaks to her family and friends about her theories that surro This book is a first attempt at writing a mystery novel and yet it moves along quickly enough to keep you interested. Our main character, Zellie Wyche, narrates most of the book, setting up the scene and doing a great job of descriptive imagery. The first murder is depicted from an onlooker’s point of view, even though Zellie only reads about it in the paper later during the book. Zellie is a small-time fan of serial murders and often speaks to her family and friends about her theories that surround each set of murders about which she reads. Set in New York venues, the murderer sets about stalking victims and using a company logoed vehicle to do his dirty body disposal work. It doesn’t matter what the victim did for a living or even how rich they were, because neither of those factored into the killer’s motive. While Zellie lives in New Jersey, she still finds it interesting to read about the New York murders while caring for her six month old daughter, Mary. One of the many victims’ relatives, accountant John Nassent, sets about trying to solve the murderer’s identity with the help of another victim that lives through one of these vicious attacks, Madeline Levy. His adventures take him on a wild journey of close scrapes and introduce him to some pretty shady characters. The killer begins leaving poems cut from newspaper scraps, referring to classical music, the plot thickens and Zellie begins to put the pieces together…and draws some startling conclusions! During an evening at a concert in the park, another murder occurs right under her nose. She deduces that the killer is someone she knows very well and begins closely observing their behavior. At one point, our mild-mannered housewife goes to stay with her mother to discuss family problems, and while she is there, her mother slowly begins to understand Zellie’s reasoning about the gruesome crimes. Although the reader can deduce the identity of the killer fairly early in the book, it is interesting to watch Zellie match clues and figure out how the crimes are being committed. Filled with suspense, detailed imagery, and strong characters, Blood Music is a very good first attempt for Jessie Hunter and hopefully, will not be the last. To find out who the killer is you’ll have to read the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    What can be worse than thinking your husband may just fit the profile of the latest serial murderer rampaging through town? It's knowing for sure that he is and examining how he became the brutal man that he is to other women. Hunter scores points not so much for suspense, because we know pretty quickly that Pat Wyche is guilty, but for the examination of what caused him to become the killer that he is. What can be worse than thinking your husband may just fit the profile of the latest serial murderer rampaging through town? It's knowing for sure that he is and examining how he became the brutal man that he is to other women. Hunter scores points not so much for suspense, because we know pretty quickly that Pat Wyche is guilty, but for the examination of what caused him to become the killer that he is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    krin

    This book was a compelling thriller that kept my attention throughout. I liked getting different character's voices such as the killer, the police and one of the victims. This book was a compelling thriller that kept my attention throughout. I liked getting different character's voices such as the killer, the police and one of the victims.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jlither

    Good, but a lot of blood. Have a cold so I just read all day.

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