Saturday 3 September 2022

Books ~ "Blood Sugar" (2022) Sascha Rothchild

From Goodreads ~ “I could just kill you right now!” It’s something we’ve all thought at one time or another. But Ruby has actually acted on it. Three times, to be exact.

Though she may be a murderer, Ruby is not a sociopath. She is an animal-loving therapist with a thriving practice. She’s felt empathy and sympathy. She’s had long-lasting friendships and relationships, and has a husband, Jason, whom she adores. But the homicide detectives at Miami Beach PD are not convinced of her happy marriage. When we meet Ruby, she is in a police interrogation room, being accused of Jason’s murder. Which, ironically, is one murder that she did not commit, though her vicious mother-in-law and a scandal-obsessed public believe differently. As she undergoes questioning, Ruby’s mind races back to all the details of her life that led her to this exact moment, and to the three dead bodies in her wake. Because though she may not have killed her husband, Ruby certainly isn’t innocent.

Ruby is 30 and a psychologist living in Miami.  Jason, her husband, has just died and she is suspected of murdering him.  Yes, she is a murderer (she's killed three people, the first was when she was just five years old) but she didn't kill Jason.  Jason's mother, Gertrude, hates Ruby and will do anything to have her convicted and witnesses start coming forward speaking against Ruby so ironically this may be the death she will go to prison for, even though she's innocent.

I thought the premise of this book sounded good but it didn't quite deliver for me.  I found the writing slow at times and I didn't find Ruby likeable, so I wasn't cheering for her even though she was innocent of killing Jason.  I thought the way she had murdered the three people over the years unbelievable and wasn't buying it.  It is written in first person perspective in Ruby's voice and bounces back and forth as she is telling you what is going on now and what had happened in the past.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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