Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Tour | BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Blood Ties by Nicholas Guild
Thriller / Murder Mystery published May 12, 2015
Forge Books
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she's cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. Naval Intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer... he's the killer's son.

Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear's father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley must race against the clock to stop Walter before he kills any more women--and Tregear must finally confront the father who has been trying to kill him for twenty years. Blood Ties is an elegant and frightening thriller from Nicholas Guild.
My Thoughts...
I just finished this book this morning and it was a pretty quick read for me.  Once I got started I didn't want to put it down.  I am not sure where to start my review.  There isn't really much in the way of spoilers as it's pretty cut and dry on who the killer is, etc... Most of it is just a psychological maze of piecing together the reasons why.

Ellen is great as the female detective on the case and equally likable is her partner Sam.  Sam is the veteran cop who is more or less teaching her how to be a better homicide detective, but she's smart and it's not long before she's the one leading the charge.  Stephen Tragear is the son of the killer they are trying to catch and he proves to be invaluable to their investigation.  Stephen is brilliant despite his upbringing and he bears a huge amount of guilt for what his father has been doing over all these years. 

This story is one that isn't easily read at times because of the level of violence that takes place, but it's not overly graphic like some that I have read.  The characters are well developed and the story is very well paced.  There is a nice romance thread weaved in that helps to balance out some of the more violent scenes.  I would maybe criticize the "insta-love" that happens amidst all of this turmoil, but I liked that part of the story so I won't!  The only thing I had any real issues with, and really it didn't bother me overly much, was the killers reason for why he did what he did.  It felt a little too familiar, it's something that's been done and more than once.  Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't hesitate to pick up more of this author's work.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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