Blood for Blood by Victoria Selman #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Blood for Blood, the gripping novel by Victoria Selman.

Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie Book 1) by [Victoria Selman]


Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers. Now one is profiling her.

Rush hour, London. A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, ex-special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message: He did it. You have to tell someone.

When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for twenty-five years, Ziba is pulled into the hunt for the perpetrator. As the body count rises it becomes clear he’s on a new spree. But what’s brought the London Lacerator back after such a long hiatus? And does his sudden return have anything to do with the woman on the train?

Ziba scrambles to profile the killer in the hope of predicting his next move. But time is running out. And the closer she gets to uncovering his identity, the closer he gets to destroying hers.


If you love a good serial killer thriller, you need to add Blood for Blood, by Victoria Selman to your TBR pile, if you haven’t read it already. This is such a pacy, addictive read, and I was hooked right from the first page. I really wish that I got round to reading it sooner.

Victoria Selman is a writer who knows how to hook her readers in right from the first chapter. There is an explosive opening when profiler, Ziba Mackenzie, is involved in a train crash after the train she is on derails. Even after the horrifying train accident, Ziba wastes no time in getting back to work, and she is soon on the hunt for a terrifying serial killer, who has been on a long hiatus. He has suddenly come back into the spotlight.

Victoria Selman kept the pace flying forward and I had to know what was going on here. As Ziba gets to grips with the case, Victoria Selman also delves into the mind of an intriguing mystery voice, a young boy. It is clear that the boy is going through something traumatic, and I wondered what impact these scenes would have on the events taking place in the present. There are some tough topics that Victoria Selman explores in this book, which makes it a very dark read.

I loved Ziba’s character. Victoria Selman writes humour really well, and I thought this did well in bringing Ziba’s character to life on the page. This was especially the case with the interaction she has with her colleagues.

The plot is so cleverly constructed and I liked how Victoria Selman gradually revealed what was going on. Everything did begin to become very clear, and I could see the real significance of the first chapter.

I really enjoyed Blood for Blood. It is an engaging and a highly addictive serial killer thriller. I’m now going to be bumping the next book in the series, high up my TBR pile. I can’t wait to read it.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication date: 1st February 2019

Print length: 349 pages

Blood for Blood is available to buy:

Amazon UK