Thursday, October 13, 2011
Review: The Blood Lie by Shirley Vernick
The Blood Lie by Shirley Vernick
Published Date: October 2011
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
The Story: September 22, 1928, Massena, New York. Jack Pool's sixteenth birthday. He's been restless lately, especially during this season of more-times-at-the-synagogue than you can shake a stick at. If it wasn't Rosh Hashanah, then it was Yom Kippur, and if it wasn't Yom Kippur, it was the Sabbath. But temple's good for some things. It gives him lots of time to daydream about a beautiful but inaccessible Gentile girl named Emaline. And if she isn't on his mind, then he's thinking about his music and imagining himself playing the cello with the New York Philharmonic. Yup, music is definitely his ticket out of this remote whistle-stop town—he doesn't want to be stuck here one more minute. But he doesn't realize exactly how stuck he is until Emaline's little sister Daisy goes missing and he and his family are accused of killing her for a blood sacrifice.
Blood Lie was inspired by a real blood libel that took place when a small girl disappeared from Massena, New York, in 1928, and an innocent Jewish boy was called a murderer.
My Review: I don't know if it's because I like reading stories about those who are looked down upon becuase of their beliefs, but I did enjoy reading this book. We are shown a world where it wasn't ok to be different. Where anything you do is subject to some serious thought. Jack is caught in the lie that his family and religion for that matter, use the blood of a christian in their rituals. Though on one put together that they don't even eat red meat. Read to find out what happens in this book!