Available as ebook and Hardback from all good book retailers from the 5th March 2020.


New Year’s Eve, London. Outside the Hope & Glory pub, a man has been left to die. A victim of extraordinary violence, he will never walk or speak again. He remains in hospital, nameless, until criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman walks onto his ward.

Sarah barely recognises the man she once worked with – he was honourable and kind – what was he involved in? Who wanted him dead? But in her race to uncover the truth, Sarah comes to realise there are two men in her life that she never really knew at all…


This is the first book I have read by Ruth Mancini. My first read of criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman. This is a well written, well plotted story. Engaging from the start. Sarah is not just a lawyer she is also mum to Ben, her autistic son, the father Andy had left Sarah, as he couldn’t cope with their sons disability. After caring for Ben on her own, all of a sudden Andy reappears, wanting to be father to Ben again. Despite the fact that Andy had left them and gone to Australia, she still wants him to be in Ben’s life, as Ben is important to her, having his father help with his care again is a help.

Sarah is in a fairly new relationship with Will but she hasn’t heard anything from him, so assumes things have changed, until she learns he is in hospital with an infection which could result in him losing his leg. Will claims the infection is from a scratch, but Sarah is dubious about his explanation.

It’s whilst she is visiting Will that she spots an old friend, a patient in another bed with severe life changing, life threatening injuries, but for some reason his identity isn’t known by the hospital, despite him having been there for three months. He is a police officer, Mark Fielding, who works as a custody sergeant, Sarah finds it difficult to understand how he couldn’t have been missed. He had been mugged and run over on New Years Eve. Why had no one been looking for him? Why wasn’t he reported missing?

The plot thickens, his wife Karen and family are informed. As Sarah gets to know Karen. Sarah is warned off from getting involved with Karen by DCS John Sinclair, he tells her that Mark had been working as an undercover officer, had infiltrated a drugs gang, but had got too arrogant and cocky. Having known Mark, Sarah finds this difficult to believe. Sarah begins looking for answers, and finds a series of cover ups, lies, but why? By who? She knows it’s something big.

The story is told through multiple threads, Sarah juggling work, home life, her new relationship. It’s not easy. This is a great legal drama. With great characters.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #HeadofZeus for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


Ruth Mancini is a criminal defence lawyer, author and freelance writer. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children. In the Blood, her first thriller featuring Sarah Kellerman.

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