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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Bloodlines is the first novel in the Dying Truth Exposed series by Marcus Abston. It is a historical novel that tells a tale of survival and fighting the odds. Albert Brooks woke up one morning and realized his family had no idea about their heritage. He told the story of Annabelle, his great-great-grandmother who was a slave in the early 1800s on a plantation belonging to the Brown family. She became a house slave when her master’s daughters, especially Judy Mays, took a shine to her. While the girls were kindly, the master and mistress of the house were cruel and constantly reminded Annabelle of her slave status. Things became unbearable when Judy Mays married and moved away. Unable to live under the brutal thumb of Master Brown, Annabelle ran away. However, nowhere was safe for a runaway slave. How could Annabelle survive all alone?
Heartfelt and emotionally charged, the story was surprisingly realistic. Marcus Abston kept the narrative raw and simple, which allowed me to fully immerse myself in the story and feel the horrors that Annabelle faced at the hands of Master Brown. Sometimes, the story is a little hard to read because of the authenticity, but the author gave us just the right amount of positivity to push forward and root for Annabelle as she fought for a better life. A rare look into the lives of female slaves and the atrocities that women like Annabelle had to face every day while they slaved away on a plantation. The narrative in Bloodlines did justice to the period. It was painful to watch Annabelle lose her innocence and learn that no one could protect her but herself. I cannot wait to read what happens next! Intense and engrossing!