Friday Favorite – Milk-Blood by Mark Matthews

Looking for something to read over the weekend?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming “read me!”?

Check out my Friday Favorite  – it may not be new, it may not even be by an author you have ever heard of, but it will be a book that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

Milk-Blood by Mark Matthews was a very unexpected ☆☆☆☆☆ read. I don’t like reading about drug addiction, especially children who have been born addicted. I think that this was the first time an author had ever contacted me directly to ask me to read their work. I think I was so excited that I didn’t even check to see what the book was about, I just said ‘yes please!’ And I am so glad, because had I refused on the basis of the subject matter, I would have missed out on a great read.

Sorry, but I don’t have an excerpt from this book, but please believe me when I say that the writing is magnificent!

Milk-Blood by Mark  Matthews

THE BLURB: Lilly is ten years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can’t stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.

For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly’s true father, and both want their daughter back.

“Matthews is a damn good writer, and make no mistake, he WILL hurt you.” – JACK KETCHUM

MY THOUGHTS: MILK-BLOOD: A Tale of Urban Horror is an amazing book. Take –

One child, who should never have been born and certainly never should have survived.

Her mother, who was impregnated by one father, and wanted the other to kill the child.

Two fathers, one who is doing his drug-addled best to care for Lily, the other who simply wants her back.

Then there is Uncle Nelson who introduces Lily to his “medicine” which won’t make her better, but makes her feel better.

And the derelict house across the road to which Lily is drawn, and the voices talk to her…..

I have been sucked into this world that is completely alien to me; a world of abject poverty, of hopeless despair, of drug addiction.

This is a compulsive read; one that had me holding my breath in horror, in dismay, in disbelief; one that had my heart pounding and my fingers trembling.

Thank you Mark Matthews for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I will be seeking out your other works: On the Lips of Children,The Jade Rabbit and STRAY.

Milk-Blood has been optioned for a full-length feature film.



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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorite – Milk-Blood by Mark Matthews”

      1. Would you say you’re a fan of horror? I ask because it’s kind of a tricky genre for me. Joe Hill and Stephen King are often classified as horror, but I haven’t read anything by either of them that I’ve found scary or horrifying (in all fairness, I haven’t read all their work, especially not King’s). Last night, I finished a book that I mistakenly thought was a thriller, but really was more like the Saw movies (of which I only saw the first, and wish I’d never seen it). That, to me, is horror, or at least a brand of horror that I don’t enjoy. I like monsters, and serial killers, but I don’t like explicit gore. So based on all of that, is this a book you think I would enjoy?


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