‘BloodMining’ by Laura Wilkinson
Firstly, I must say thank you to Laura Wilkinson for sending me her book for review. This is Laura’s debut novel and it is based mainly in North Wales. It has been set in the not-too-distant future, mostly mid 21st century and is divided into three parts.
Megan Evens appears to have it all – brains, beauty and a successful career as a foreign correspondent. But is she really happy? Deep down she is lonely and rootless. After a destructive affair Megan is left on her own. She is pregnant and craving love but finds that she is unable to trust again. So she decides to give up her job and return to the security of her birthplace in Wales where she gives birth to a baby boy.
A few years later Megan’s son is diagnosed with a terminal condition, a hereditary disease, and she knows that she has to take action and fast in order to save him. In doing so she finds that everything she believed to be true about her origins is thrown into question. A very deep and painful secret is discovered, something that has been kept from her for years. To help her son Megan has to unearth the truth. With the assistance of a former colleague, Jack North, Megan embarks on a journey of self discovery and into the heart of what it means to be a parent.
I really enjoyed this novel. It deals with some serious and emotional issues, things that are very important to us – family and children, but with a twist. The characters are very real. The story isn’t told in chronological order and some may find this slightly confusing. I thought it worked well this way though. The reader gets a very good insight into what happened in the past. You are kept waiting for a while as to what the secret is but its worth it.
The ending was good. It’s left to your imagination what could happen next. I think it would be nice if there was a sequel to this book and I can see this being made into a TV drama in the future.
At the back of the book there is some additional material including discussion points for reading groups.
A very good first novel – I give it 4 out of 5.