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Blood-Tied (Esme Quentin Mystery) by Wendy Percival

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 246 Pages.

Published: 02 October 2013 by Silverwood Books

Edition: Revised

ISBN: 1781321582

EAN: 9781781321584

A desperate crime, kept secret for 60 years...but time has a way of exposing the truth...Esme Quentin is devastated when her sister Elizabeth is beaten unconscious, miles from her home. Two days later Esme discovers that Elizabeth has a secret past. Desperate for answers which the comatose Elizabeth cannot give, Esme enlists the help of her friend Lucy to search for the truth, unaware of the dangerous path she is treading. Together they unravel a tangle of bitterness, blackmail and dubious inheritance, and as the harrowing story is finally revealed, Esme stumbles upon evidence of a pitiful crime. Realising too late the menace she has unwittingly unleashed, Esme is caught up in a terrifying ordeal. One that will not only test her courage and sanity but force her to confront her perception of birth and family.


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Esme's sister Elizabeth is attacked and left in a coma. As Esme seeks to find out why she unearths a decades old mystery.

I enjoyed this book & found its story telling perfectly adequate though not special. It is an ideal light read verging on a cozy crime style book.

The characters were not as well developed as I felt they could have been. We do get dribs and drabs of Esme's past but I never felt that any of this developed her into a rounded character that I could understand. I found some of her behaviour at odds with other actions. Her niece, Gemma, was even more strange. Why would anyone not move heaven & earth to discover what had happened to their Mother? Why would you totally disengage from your only family support whilst your Mother is in a coma?As the older person why did Esme not try to find common ground & not leave it so she didn't connect or support her niece for days on end?

There were some occasions where I felt the conclusions reached by Esme & her friend Lucy were a little unlikely & the connection quite tenuous. On other occasions she was definitely quite dense! However, this is fiction & as a reader I am happy to allow some leeway despite it grating slightly.

This is a debut book which was a good enough read. Perhaps the author's future books will settle a bit & she will get into her stride. I will certainly be prepared to give another one a try.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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