Reviewed by Amanda Allalunis

When Henry Michael Fischer (Michael) was a little boy, he wanted to be just like his forefathers. He wanted to run the family lobster business, sit at the head of the table, and follow in his father’s footsteps. But when Fischer’s father dies suddenly after an argument, Michael is haunted by his father’s ghost. Is there a way to stop the ghost of Michael’s father from wreaking havoc on his life, or is he doomed to walk in his father’s footsteps all the way to the grave?

Okay, I know the introduction is a little overly-dramatic, but Blood & Water is actually a very mellow and calmly-moving story. Rodriguez does a fantastic job of setting up a relatively large cast of characters in a short space of time, and the story reaches out to grab the reader from the first page. His writing style is a bit unusual, and it took me a few chapters to really fall into the rhythm of the story, but once I got past that I really enjoyed reading about Michael’s life (and all of the tragedy that ensues).

While the overall premise of the book is based on Fischer’s ghost, it was really about much more. It was about children lost to war, about men hardened by life, and even about the death of small fisheries due to the always hungry mouths of industrial fishing.

Does it sound like I’m a little confused? Well, that’s probably because I am. I’ve actually read the book twice, but I’m still not entirely sure what the author was trying to convey. Is it just a good, slightly spooky, story to read? Is it a social commentary on big business fishing and the tragedy of war? Is there some other message that I managed to miss? Honestly I don’t know for sure – but I do know that Blood & Water managed to catch my interest and hold it until the last page, and I know that I will probably read it again in the very near future. In short, I don’t know exactly why I liked the book, but I do know that I did. Maybe my next read-through will serve to further enlighten me!

Rating: 4/5

Amanda is mommy, freelance writer, and blogger in her spare time. If you like this review, be sure to check out the blog at Giveaway Blogdom or take a minute to read her most recent article on Childhood Vaccinations.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Ephraim Rodriguez. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.