Father Thomas Kelly, a Jesuit priest, is happily based at a university when he is called to Rome by his former mentor. A mysterious yet important document, the Concordant, has gone missing from the Vatican Library and must be recovered at all costs. Kelly sets to work alongside an art historian, Livia, who claims to be representing a group who are just as interested in recovering the Concordant as the Vatican are. But Livia has her own secrets, and the contents of the document are powerful enough to shake Kelly's faith to it's foundations.
Blood of the Lamb is marketed as The Historian meets The Da Vinci Code, so I was keen to get my hands on it as soon as possible! There are certainly massive similarities with The Da Vinci Code; in both a male lead uncovers a deeply buried religious secret with the help of a female sidekick, but happily I found Cabot's writing much better than Brown's. Despite there being a supernatural element to the story (the comparison to The Historian is a big clue), the mythology of the supernatural community felt authentic enough for the book to somehow pull off being realistic.
In addition to this, Cabot weaves in enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. I don't read many thrillers but I love intelligent, well written ones like this. In fact, until about 97% of the way through the book, I was convinced that I had found a new favourite. I loved everything about it, from the plot to the characters and the writing. But then something happens in the end that stretches the credulity of the reader to breaking point and consequently, the whole story feels false. The ending just went too far and unfortunately it ruined the book for me. Honestly, it felt a bit silly.
The ending makes Blood of the Lamb hard to review and rate. I do think the book had many, many positive features but they were ultimately over-shadowed by a bad ending.
Source: From the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: 6th August 2013
Score: 3 out of 5