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Blood Loss [Kindle Edition]

Alex Barclay
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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

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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…

OUT OF SIGHT
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.

OUT OF MIND
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…

OUT OF CONTROL
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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007383436
  • Publisher: Harper (14 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOW3Q2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
By AR VINE VOICE
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Loss - Ren Bryce 3 - Ren's Best So Far? 22 Sep 2013
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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 teenage girls from a hotel.

This is the best of the so far three novels to feature Ren Bryce. I have recently read five books by Alex Barclay:- Darkhouse, The Caller, Blood Runs Cold, Time of Death and Blood Loss. I suggest that anyone reads them in sequence.

Now Alex, should you be reading this? Keep on writing. How about the FBI amd the NYPD with Special Agent Bryce and Detective Lucchesi teaming up?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad 3rd offer 17 May 2013
By A. Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is book 3 in the FBI Agent Ren Bryce series nowinvestigating the disappearance of two young girls from a hotel in Breckenridge, Colorado. It's okay and interesting enough as we know the characters. The sub plots keep you going but I can't say I was really gripped with this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood loss 23 April 2013
By JM VINE VOICE
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I first read Alex Barclay a few years ago when I enjoyed one of her early novels, Darkhouse, so was keen to read her latest. This is a reasonable book, I didn't like it as much as Darkhouse, but it was ok and easy to read with an interesting plot.
FBI agent Ren is called into an inquiry regarding a young girl who has been found attacked in the grounds of a derelict asylum; then suddenly she is switched to another case when two young girls go missing from a hotel room.
But as Ren soon finds, nothing is quite as it seems. When the case is seemingly resolved, she realises things may not be quite so clear cut and is determined to find the truth, she won't accept the obvious explanation. There are many twists and turns, interspersed with her own romances, which I found less interesting and a bit irritating.
This is a fair crime thriller, not one that would set the world on fire but not a bad read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood loss 9 Jan 2013
By Freckles VINE VOICE
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 6 months ago by kay gregory
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 9 months ago 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 9 months ago by Deirdre
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 10 months ago by Mr. S. G. 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 10 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention - you may get lost
Ren Bryce is that most common of lead characters, the cop (or in this case FBI agent) with hidden demons that threaten to derail her life and her investigation into the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Chell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good,must do better
I have read and always enjoyed Alex Barclays books,but this one did nothing for me.the story bored me.It had no "I cant put down"
story to it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by dennis waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Loss - Enjoyable Thriller to Pass the Time
Can Ren find the girls that are in danger? Struggling herself from bi polar Ren gets caught up in a fight to help save the girls. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alessi Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars blood loss alex barclay
I have read all of alex barclay's books and enjoyed them all this one lived up to all my expectations
Published 14 months ago by mj
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this is the second book that have read from this writter and i t was just as good as that one fast and gripping it had me reading late in to the night .i loved it.
Published 14 months ago by Ms. B. E. Harris
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