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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755337328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755337323
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,370,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samantha Hayes grew up in the West Midlands, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from being a private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

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

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'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.

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Headline launches the sensational Sam Hayes - a new British talent, destined for bestsellerdom


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Trent on 27 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
I had heard about this new author from a friend who had read 'Blood Ties' on holiday and insisted I try it. I was not disappointed. This is a gritty and disturbing thriller that taps into every Mother's most primal terror...the abduction of an infant. That however, is just the tip of the iceberg. It's an intricate plot with alternating points of view but it's a rewarding journey and the threads are resolved with a twist that I certainly did not anticipate. For me, the strengths of this novel were the believable and interesting characters and its freshness and originality in handling weighty emotional themes. I loved it and can't wait for the next offering from Sam Hayes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Jane on 3 Oct 2007
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I picked this book up when I was shopping last weekend, and should have known better, as once I was home and started reading it, I could not put it down- the housework was left completely untouched! The events in Blood Ties and the brilliant writing literally had me pinned to my seat- it's a complete emotional rollercoaster, and you're never quite sure what will happen next. I'd highly reccommend this to anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By English girl on 1 Oct 2007
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I read this book in a matter of days. Its one of those page turners that you just have to keep reading. I found it fantastic and thought the author did so well in putting all the twists and turns into the story without making it confusing. You really could relate and feel for the different people that make up this novel. I will definatly be looking out for other books by this author!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jules on 19 Oct 2007
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Robert Knight meets and marries Erin very quickly after a traumatic divorce. Feelings of betrayal and mistrust are the legacies he brings with him although he remains optimistic that he'll find the happiness he's searching for second time around.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Hudson on 18 Dec 2013
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A little too predictable and frustrating to read in parts. The characters were all equally awful people, which made it hard to empathise with any of them.

I continued with the book and liked the ending twist, although I did feel that it was a little dragged out and confusing at times.

Not a patch on Until You're Mine. Sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2008
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This is an absolutely gripping thriller, which I found hard to put down. The various parts of the story are gradually unwrapped, until they all come together.. but probably not in the way you expect.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2010
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This book grabs you from the start, it is every mother's worst nightmare to have their child abducted but everything is not as it seems. The story covers the moment when a mother realises her baby is missing and then moves forward 13 years.

This book covers a lot of sensationalist subjects but it in a realistic way. One of the best books I've read this year, would certainly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m.j.foster-heath on 13 Oct 2007
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I read this book in a wekend. Every time I put it down I started thinking about it again and was drawn back for more. It was so disturbing and the characters really came to life. It's a multi-layered plot with a lot of moral twists but for me it was always engaging and the ending really delivers. I want more.
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