Review: Drawing Blood


I read Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite when I was probably a little bit too young for it. Drawing Blood is an adult book so I’m warning you all now about letting your kids read this. With that said, even when I was young, I loved this book. I honestly feel this is a hidden gem among readers and is wildly underrated.

Five-year-old Trevor McGee wakes one morning to find that his father, cartoonist Bobby McGee, has murdered his mother and younger brother, shortly before killing himself. Twenty years later, Trevor, returns to Missing Mile, N.C. to the now-haunted house of his childhood. He’s looking for answers as to why his father spared this life.

In another part of the book 19-year-old Zachary Bosch, arrives in Missing Mile on looking for gigs in computer hacking. The two fall in love, and, with Zach’s help, Trevor finds that he can reach the liberating truth he was searching for.

This book was very enjoyable both to read and to discuss. Some parts were a bit confusing to figure out since a good chunk of the book takes place inside their minds, but overall Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite should be read by all who enjoy fantasy or cyber-punk. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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