Blood Ties

Blood Ties[Reading] ➷ Blood Ties By Nicholas Guild – 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 ha 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 US Naval Intelligence But Tregear is not the killer he's the killer's sonRidley 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 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. Thank you to TORFORGE for providing a print copy of this book in exchange for an honest review45 starsBlood Ties was an impeccably written suspense tale that managed to keep the reader engrossed while giving us the identity of the slayer up front When the dead bodies of young women start turning up in the San Francisco Bay Area Detective Ellen Ridley and Inspector Sergeant Sam Tyler are on the caseThis story was told from several points of view including the killer and his son While I’m not usually a fan of than two POVs it worked here There were times it felt like a case study and it was interesting being able to see everyone’s part in it The author did a wonderful job threading in the different perspectives while still keeping Ellen the main character in the story at the forefront Stephen Tegear the killer’s son played a prominent part in this book and his reflections of the past and the revelations he had once he realized the kind of man his father was were the most captivating parts for me He was a character I really enjoyed reading about His lifestyle was forced on him when he was younger because of his father’s need to constantly be on the move Then as an adult his routine was still forced on him because of his intellect and his use to the US Navy He’d spent most of his life with limited choices Characterization for Ellen and Sam was spot on Both were analytical and reasonable even while they were desperate to solve this case and there was enough of their personal lives threaded into the story to make it feel like you knew them without overwhelming the main plotAs for the pacing of this novel the story unfolded methodically with nothing feeling rushed All the uestions that came up were answered for the reader at least even if not for the characters and while the ending wasn’t typical for this genre or any genre really it fit the story I wasn’t convinced at first but the I thought about it the I was sold on itThe reason I picked this book up was because I know it’s a genre I enjoy but it’s not one I read a lot of I really needed something to shake up what’s been a string of mediocre reads for me and this did the trick Blood Ties isn’t a ‘whodunnit?’ so much as a how did we get here and how the heck is this going to end? This was my first book from this author but it won’t be the last If you’re a fan of procedural police dramas intriguing characters and books that are incredibly plot driven I think this one is right up your alley This review was originally posted at Badass Book Reviews His father is a serial killer they’re both stalking each other but for drastically different reasons great read and a well written serial killer thriller This one makes it into my library Author Nicholas Guild explores a different aspect of a serial killer in his latest psychological thriller BLOOD TIESGuild explores the mind of the serial killer but also his relationship with his son and the effects his madness has had on his sonYoung women are being brutally murdered in the San Francisco Bay Area A lucky breaks leads homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD to believe she’s found a link to the killer But as evidence comes into play Ridley discovers she has the killer’s son as her number one suspectStephen Tregear a hacker and code breaker for the military has been tracking his father for years trying to stay one step ahead of him Tregear ran away from home when he was a young boy after discovering a dead woman in the back of his father’s vanForming an unlikely bond Ridley and Tregear team up to put a stop to Tregear’s father before he kills again The elderly Tregear is also out to silence his son for good The closer the duo get to the killer the closer their attraction grows The showdown between father and son heightens the surprise endingBLOOD TIES is a fast pace adrenaline fueled thriller The action is suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat The twists and turns will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotionsGuild has created complex characters that will amaze you Guild dives into the chilling world of a serial killer and takes readers on a hair rising journeyFTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it However receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely For some reason I've been reluctant to give fives lately This was very very goodbut not uite a five and I'm not even sure whyHow do mystery writers keep coming up with so many really different scenarios? Because there's so much going on in the real world that boggles the mind? Hmmmm This story has a really interesting premise and it follows it through to the end nailing it It started out a little slowly but it didn't take long for me to be thinking up any excuse I could to get into the car and listen a little Psychopaths Mental disorders If you read too many of these sort of books you start looking at everyone with a uestioning eye just finished this book this morning and it was a pretty uick 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 whyEllen is great as the female detective on the case and eually likable is her partner Sam Sam is the veteran cop who is 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 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 than once Other than that I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't hesitate to pick up of this author's work This book grabbed me from the first page It was exciting and horrifying and I couldn’t put it down The murders were shocking They drew you into the story You wanted Ellen Ridley to do whatever she needed to do to get this psychopath off the street She had suspicions and maybe went a little out of bounds trying to get evidence against her prime suspect but you didn’t careThe first half of Blood Ties was bordering on a horror mystery thriller It was so intense that I had to stop reading because it was getting late and I didn’t want to have nightmares I was expecting some really horrific twists and surprises; but when I picked up the book the next day I was disappointed It had changed from a mystery to a chase You knew who the bad guy was All that was left was catching him That wasn’t easy but still that wasn’t what I was expectingMr Guild really knows how to write a tension filled story He brings his characters to life I guess that maybe I’ve read too many thrillers where the tension slowly builds and then about halfway through the book all hell breaks loose I figured that was what was going to happen in Blood Ties So I was a bit disappointed I was so impressed with the start of the book and was hoping for Don’t get me wrong the story was still very good but I really thought that I was reading a 5 Star book I had very high expectationsI give Blood Ties 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up If you like mysteries with an edge to them that approach horror but never uite cross the line I think you should give this book a tryI received a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher Ellen is on the case of a serial killers that inflicts pain on his victims then dumps their bodies With the help of her partner Sam they both learn as this killer keeps them on their feet with no evidence left behind Ellen then things she has found the killer but when she confronts Stephen she learns that it is really his father WalterStephen goes on to tell her about his poor family life But when he finds a body in his father’s car he finds some of his mother’s belongings and goes on the run Several years later he is living with some people that basically raised him when he returns home to find them brutally murdered Trying to hide from his father he goes into the NavyEllen Sam and Stephen must work together to stop Walter Things take a turn for the worse when they learn there is a lot than Walter hunting Stephen down he may have had help all alongThis is an amazing story Although you learn shortly into the book that the killer is Stephen’s dad that in no way stops the story it makes it all the better You can’t help but feel sorry for Stephen He is wrapped up in guilt about leaving the woman’s body when he was 12 but you can understand why And Walter major creepy This book kept me on the edge of my seat I didn’t want to put it down and I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next This is a great thriller that needs to be in everyone’s collection Make sure to get Blood TiesI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 18 2015Narrator Graham RowatI enjoyed this than I thought I would even though it isn't what I'd call a pure police procedural like Lucas Davenport Harry Bosch et all Blood Ties goes into the back history of Stephen Tregear whom Detective Ellen Ridley suspects of being connected in some way with the savage killings of young women in the Bay areaI would normally not want my police procedurals to wander too far away from the investigation or for the back history to be for someone other than the MC In this case however Ellen and Stephen do end up involved personally and with what a Romance reader would consider an HFN Happy For Now That said this is not a romantic suspense as the story stays suarely on the murder mysterysuspenseIf Blood Ties is the first of a series then I can understand delving so deeply into Stephen's background and Stephen with his uniue skills partnering Ellen as they solve murders togetherI would like to listen to another book by the author but Blood Ties is the only one available at Audible My library didn't even have it A complex intricately written story about a serial killer who takes pleasure in the random murder and mutilation of women that will keep you reading late into the night SFPD homicide detective Ellen Ridley is not a typical cop and that makes the story and her character even interesting than those found in a typical police procedural Her gut instinct leads her to a possible suspect who it turns out is just as interested in tracking down the killer as she is I loved the game playing by the killer and the development of the relationship between Ellie and her one time suspect Blood Ties is a fast paced thrill ride that will leave you wanting to see of homicide detective Ellen Ridley This is an outstanding blend of police proceduralthrillerGuild's strengths are his characters and his rock solid prose He has the knack of creating very believable protagonists and supporting characters and then putting them through hell in a way that keeps you turning pages In some ways this book reminded me of Ed McBain's work in that his cops are genuine people with strengths and weaknesses Guild's characters though seem real to me Love thrillers? Grab this one

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Blood Ties
  • Nicholas Guild
  • 16 February 2016
  • 9780765378453