All Her Wounds

Vivian Xu, Book 3

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
290 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2018
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Author Biography

Nathan Wilson was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1990. His love affair with writing began at the age of seven when he read a short story by his sister. Afterward, he spent much of his childhood writing fantasy.
During a three-year stint at the Lansing Community College newspaper The Lookout, he published his first novel. The Undying God was released in 2012 as a fantasy take on the perils of radical ideology.
Nathan's writing branched out in mystery and horror when he hammered out the Red Widow in 2013. Hailed by readers as fast-paced, engaging, edgy, and terrifying, it introduced forensic sleuth Vivian Xu and investigative journalist Camilla Vesely to the world. The Vivian Xu series twists and turns through an underworld of psychopaths and serial killers in its sequels Arsenic for the Soul, All Her Wounds, and Death Perfected.
It is presumed that Nathan's childhood ambitions to become a homicide detective led to this series of novels.
These days, he prefers to read about true crime and study criminal psychology.
When Nathan isn't writing, he enjoys classic horror films, hits the weights, listens to heavy metal, and plays with his pet bunnies. He is also known to disappear to Taiwan whenever the opportunity presents itself. The hiking trails are to die for.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Following Red Widow and Arsenic For The Soul, Nathan Wilson continues the exciting Vivian Xu Series in this dark, occult-horror, detective story featuring Vivian and her best friend/business partner, Camilla Vesely. All Her Wounds revolves around the couple's search for a missing friend who has apparently been kidnapped by a human organ trafficking gang. Their search takes them to Thailand, where they encounter one terrifying adventure after another, multiple unexpected and frightening turns of events, and some of the bloodiest scenes of horror and mysticism ever written. Wilson combines an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, the occult, and those unique traits that allow him to mix the inner conflicts of his characters with fast-paced action and never miss a beat.

All Her Wounds, though part of a series, leaves no doubts as to the conclusion of the individual story while a crack opens in the door that leads to a fourth book in the series. Wilson understands and eloquently illustrates the yin and yang of the human psyche in his protagonists as well as the antagonists as they struggle to conquer their individual, and ofttimes, most unusual inner demons. The action is fast paced, interspersed with short descriptive narratives of places, character background, or inner conflict. Often considered a negative in story telling, in this case, these scenes allow the reader to catch his/her breath between the action scenes... a good thing! Though part of a series, this book easily stands alone, so if you're looking for an exciting, well-written horror/occult/detective/adventure story, I highly recommend All Her Wounds.

K.C. Finn

All Her Wounds is a work of horror fiction written by author Nathan Wilson, and is the third book about central character Vivian Xu. With plenty of adult content that you’d expect from the genre, we join our central character Vivian Xu after a great deal of difficulty has already passed in her life. Working in the Czech Republic for many unscrupulous types, Vivian has finally found her calling working in forensic investigation. Now, however, she faces a brand new conundrum as the circumstances of the body she’s investigating suggest something occult is happening and, worse than this, she finds herself directly involved in the reasons behind the killing.

Nathan Wilson definitely has a talent for atmosphere, and horror fans are sure to be delighted by the graphic descriptions of a gritty, realistic world where no macabre, erotic or violent moment is off limits. Vivian is an interesting character, deeply flawed in many ways but clearly trying to break out and do better than the horrible world she once came from. I found the dialogue to be really snappy and the general pace of the book was suitably fast for the twists and turns of the mystery surrounding the body. The plot, however, was missing something, and seemed to take a few too many convenient turns to get where it was going. However, if you don’t mind a story line that turns that way, you’re sure to enjoy the overall experience of All Her Wounds as a rip-roaring horror fest of gore and mystery.