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Blood Ties Paperback – 20 Sep 2007
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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)
'A miss-your-bus-stop page-turner' HeatSee all Product description
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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.