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Blood Loss [Kindle Edition]

Alex Barclay
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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FBI agent Ren Bryce takes on her most heart-wrenching case yet when a father’s work places his young daughter in terrible danger…

When a teenage girl is found beaten and raped in the grounds of a derelict asylum, FBI agent Ren Bryce is called in to assist. But she is soon diverted to a missing persons’ case when an eleven-year-old girl and her teenage babysitter vanish without a trace from their hotel room.

Faced with conflicting evidence and inconsistent witnesses, Ren works obsessively to unravel the dark family secrets at the heart of the case, before it’s too late…

Determined to uncover the truth, Ren’s behaviour becomes increasingly reckless. Putting her own safety at risk, she enters a world where innocent lives are ruined for profit … and kidnap, rape and murder are all part of the deal.

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‘Snappy dialogue … a meaty read’ Irish Independent

‘Blood Loss is cleverly paced, with Barclay drawing out the suspense but giving you just enough information to keep you hooked’ Hot Press

‘Complex and intriguing … the reader is always hungry for more’ Good Book Guide

Praise for Alex Barclay:

‘Tense, no-punches-pulled thriller that will have you on the edge of your deckchair.’ Woman and Home

‘Right now, she’s the rising star of the hard-boiled crime fiction world, combining wild characters, surprising plots and massive backdrops with a touch of dry humour’ Mirror

About the Author

Alex Barclay lives in County Cork Ireland. She is the bestselling author of thrillers Darkhouse, The Caller, Blood Runs Cold and Time of Death.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and dramatic thriller 24 Dec. 2012
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FBI agent Ren Bryce is caught up in two cases: a violent rapist has committed a string of crimes, his latest teenage victim was brutally attacked at a party in the grounds of a derelict asylum, meanwhile an eleven-year-old girl and her teenage babysitter go missing from a hotel. Bryce soon realises that both cases may be more complicated than they initially appeared, but can she find the girls before it is too late?

From the first chapter I was caught up in this story and the pace of the plot carries on throughout the book. One of the themes of the story is the use of pharmaceuticals, which is fitting as Ren Bryce has been diagnosed as bipolar. As a result, she is a manic and often reckless FBI agent, but has a fierce energy and passion that carries the story along.

There are plenty of twists in the story, as the layers are stripped away a frightening conspiracy is revealed.

As well as being full of action and conspiracy, the book has its share of romance, as Bryce is caught between two very different men.

This book is well-written, with short chapters, which also drives the narrative forward and makes this a compelling read. A must-read for thriller and crime fiction fans.
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Alex Barclay has taken a cliche ridden crime fiction and attempted to rescue it by packing the plot so full of characters and movement it made my head spin. It's not that there's too much going on in Blood Loss it's that everthing's going on in Blood Loss. Missing teenagers, rape, beatings, murders, FBI, shady pharmaceutical company, dark family secrets and yes, a derelict asylum! Into the centre of all the chaos stomps lead character Ren Bryce, FBI agent, the woman in charge of investigating the unsolved crimes. Ren works at hyper speed and suffers all manner of problems due to her mental health issues. My problem was; I liked Ren but I couldn't believe in her. No FBI agent, male or female, would be out there investigating murder and sex crimes with her type of history. I was also incredulous that an author would chose to feature a derelict asylum in the background of a story whose lead character has such serious mental health issues. Was it supposed to be funny? I so wanted Barclay to find a way of bringing all his different plot lines and characters together, finding a common link that explained his story and bought the whole thing to a satisfying end. He didn't and I'm still wondering what Blood Loss was really about. As a typical piece of modern, shallow, brutal and dark crime fiction Blood Loss is no worse than the thousands of other titles out there at the moment. Easy to read, easy to forget and nothing special but; I'm giving 3* and not 2* because I liked the character of Ren and some of her dialogue was cleverly written and darkly humorous.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alex Barclay - Blood Loss 13 Dec. 2012
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Blood Loss is Barclay's 3rd book featuring FBI Agent Ren Bryce. Here, Ren and the rest of her task force are investigating the disappearance of 2 young girls from a hotel in Breckenridge, Colorado. Aside from this Ren is also looking into some bizarre going on's at a disused asylum and also battling with her faltering mental health.

Okay, so first off this story isn't too bad. The story centering on the missing girls is actually entertaining enough and would have provided a pretty average crime book. Then however, Barclay decided to include a host of other story lines, none of which are given the time they deserve or need to prove interesting, and a group of utterly boring characters who are unrealistic and hard to keep track of emerge. All of this though could have been kept on track if we had an interesting and relatable protagonist to lead us through these dire events. Nope, no luck there. Ren Bryce is one of the single most annoying, and poorly written characters I've ever encountered. And any hopes of Barclay's writing coming to the rescue to carry this dying horse along were soon abolished when I realised the word 'said' was used on average 6 or seven times per page. This teamed with the fact that none of the story lines work well together, instead they clunk along clumsily never really going in to depth with characters leaving the whole situation very confusing left me struggling to get through it.
What I mean to say is; Don't buy this book. It's not terrible but it certainly isn't fun either, or worth the money. The idea of the story isn't bad but it's just not good writing. With such a wide range of choices when it comes to crime fiction you'd be foolish to choose this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood loss 9 Jan. 2013
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Ren Bryce is an FBI agent who is struggling with mental health issues. When a young girl and her sixteen year old hotel baby sitter go missing, Ren is plunged in to a world of deceit, dark family secrets and dodgy goings on at a powerful pharmaceutical company where the young girl's father is a Chief Financial Officer. All this distracts her from her original case, where a teenage girl has been raped and brutally beaten at a local derelict asylum.

This is a fast paced and, in the main, an enjoyable read. It kept my attention, but I felt there were far too many characters and it was difficult to keep track of who was who and which case we were dealing with. There were sometimes very amusing "asides" by Ren....what she was really thinking even though her mouth said different! The author also portrayed Ren's mental health problems well. The manic pace at which she attacks her work, very often at the expense of her own safety, was a theme throughout.

Was there anything new? No not really, but as a thriller, it stood up well and was just as good as the first two books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
same as brewers rogues and villens
Published 4 months ago by Dorothy Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good story - easy to read
Published 6 months ago by mashrev
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good Alex Barclay read
Published 11 months ago by Linda Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars A huge let down.
Lynda late Plant certainly hasn't got any competition with this author. Started out as a good story but lost the plot half way through. Very boring. Won't be reading another one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by kay gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Loss - Ren Bryce 3 - Ren's Best So Far?
Unlike the other two Ren Bryce stories this one starts quickly with Ren and the rest of the Brekenridge FBI Safer Streets Team called in to investigate the disappearance of two... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tigerclaw
1.0 out of 5 stars extremely boring
I was hoping this would be a good read as I love thrillers, but by the time I got to page 209 I gave up out of boredom! Read more
Published on 21 July 2013 by miss rachel phipps
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I really enjoyed Barclay’s previous novels featuring Ren Bryce but couldn’t quite take to this one. Whilst this main storyline is compelling enough, the book starts with another... Read more
Published on 1 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Miss Barclay why do we have to wait so long for your books this took me a day to read couldn't put it down so please hurry up and write another one very quick please
Published on 27 Jun. 2013 by Shaun little
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality thriller!
Blood Loss is a high quality realistic, intriguing crime/thriller.
Sometimes the character, Ren's personal life, can be ever so slightly distracting from the main story. Read more
Published on 1 Jun. 2013 by john
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad 3rd offer
This is book 3 in the FBI Agent Ren Bryce series nowinvestigating the disappearance of two young girls from a hotel in Breckenridge, Colorado. Read more
Published on 17 May 2013 by A. Douglas
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