by Riette Rust (LAPA Publishers) ISBN 9780799375008
Eileen de Jager and Roelien Schutte, better known as the ‘Blood Sisters’ are no strangers to the South African public. Through the media and their first book entitle ‘Blood Sisters’ we were made aware of this indomitable team of women who clean up various types of crime scenes, thereby rendering them inhabitable once again.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this type of work is not really suited for women, but these sisters assure us that they are up to the task. They have been doing this work for the last 15 years, after they saw a gap in the market, and have worked at over 7000 scenes ranging from suicides, farm attacks and even at the homes of hoarders who kept years of used toilet paper.
This is an eye-opening read into what these women encounter on occasion. It definitely isn’t work for the fainthearted but certainly leaves you feeling a certain amount of admiration for these unsung heroes who tread where others wouldn’t dare.
I enjoyed the pace and chatty nature of the book, but found the expert advice at the end of each story a little out of place.