Blood Ties Hardcover – 5 Apr 2007
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Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on 'real life fiction'. She focuses on current issues, and when she writes, she sets out to make her reader ask, 'What if this happened to me or my family?' With three children of her own, Samantha is well-versed to talk about how the aftershocks of crime impact upon families and communities.
To find out more, visit her website www.samhayes.co.uk
'A hard-hitting tale of abduction, prostitution, child abuse, family secrets and betrayal. With a few red herrings scattered around to confuse, a gritty sense of real-life drama and a page-turning compulsion, this is a sort of misery memoir (albeit fiction) mixed with a contemporary saga. It's an area about to expand as the popularity for real life stories of child torment and abuse catch the novelist's imagination' (Sarah Broadhurst, lovereading.co.uk) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Headline launches the sensational Sam Hayes - a new British talent, destined for bestsellerdom
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Erin meets Robert having survived a traumatic childhood and an early adult life blighted by unhappiness and misfortune. She is delighted to meet Robert who offers her and her daughter Ruby a life of unconditional love and security.
The scene should be set for a happy ending. Or so they both think.
But secrets have a way of outing themselves and the offer of a place at a new school for her daughter threatens everything Erin has fought to keep hidden and finds her battling with Robert to keep her new happiness in tact. Robert in turn begins to feel that once again he is being betrayed by the woman he loves and doubts about Erin just won't go away.
And so the secret eats away at both of them. Robert is trying to get at the truth and Erin is trying to keep it hidden. The plot is set against the backdrop of child who went missing from her mother 12 years earlier and who hasn't been seen since. It's further complicated by the appearance of Louisa, a close friend of Robert's who wants what's best for him and who just happens to be a private investigator. Which is when it all begins to unravel.......
This is a brilliantly paced thriller which is almost all the more disturbing set as it is against the backdrop of normal surburban life. Sam Hayes has done a great job creating characters that you find yourself liking and empathising with.
There is an interesting mix of characters in this book, all with their own story to tell, and all lifelike and believable.. I found myself involved with each and every one, concerned for their outcome.
The strands of the story are told from the viewpoint of these characters, combining present and past, culminating in a satisfying finale.
A fast-paced thriller, that will stay with you after you finish.
This is a gritty book and deals with some quite disturbing topics, including various forms of abuse. Never gratuitous, it is used powerfully and terrifyingly.
Sam Hayes is incredibly talented at incorporating twists into her books and although I knew that twists were coming, I couldn't guess exactly what they would be. The author makes extremely good use of the first person to deceive and confuse the reader. You can never be certain whether the first person narrator is telling the complete truth, whether there is an agenda or whether the narrator is even deceiving him/herself.
I would particularly recommend this book for readers of Elizabeth Haynes, Claire Seeber, Linwood Barclay and Rachel Abbott.
Like another reviewer said; Robert was too whiney.
Lastly, I had difficulty in making sense of the final chapters, they were just too convoluted for me.
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I'm suprised by the mixed reviews because I found this book extremely compelling! A really good read and a great, though sad, ending! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charl H
Fantastic book, great story, just could not put it down. This is Sam's debut novel and after reading the brilliant 'until you're mine' under her full name Samantha Hayes, I decided... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Spinninsweetness
Couldn't put this book down. Loved it. Second book I have read by this author and am now looking for the next one.Published 12 months ago by Sue B
Once again, Sam Hayes hits the spot, a must read for fans of family/suspense.Published 16 months ago by madelaine casey
Got nearly half way through and had to abandon this book. It's awful. Couldn't care less about the characters and the plot is do long winded as are the descriptions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bookworm
A great read, couldn't put it down. I thought I had guessed the plot but there was a great twist at the end. Loved it!Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Catherine Gallagher
Started off well, but struggled to get through this book. Have enjoyed her other books, but give this one a miss. Too much like hard work!Published 17 months ago by jazzy1527
Great story couldn't put it down. Would recommend it as a good read. Will look for more by this authorPublished 19 months ago by beryl moss