Deadly Bloodlines

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Deadly Bloodlines

Deadly Series #1

I love to watch the ID channel and shows like "Snapped" and "The Next 48", so when I read the publisher’s summary I actually squealed and quickly requested the title for review. And, for the most part, I enjoyed the book a lot. I wish that it stuck to the murder mystery and questioning whether or not the main protagonist is actually a killer, rather than making the romance prominent toward the middle of the book; it throws the pacing off-center and it never fully recovers. What starts out as a tightly wound romantic thriller, veers off into a tangled mess of characters and subplots that either gets resolved too quickly or does not get resolved at all.

I was most fascinated with Angel. Anyone with a background like hers would be brittle and disillusioned with the world, and Angel does have her moments of sadness, but she does not let that stop her from living. She is intelligent, dedicated, and brave. Bren was a character who I would have loved to learn more about, but understand that given the nature of the story his character development was going to be stunted. I even love the journey that Angel takes to resolve her psychological issues. She and Bren have a natural chemistry that made me want to root for them; I would actually like to read a series featuring them.

"Deadly Bloodlines" just needs to be pared down a little to be more enjoyable, otherwise this is a solid thriller worth reading.

Book Blurb for Deadly Bloodlines

Years after leaving Cayman because of her notorious serial killer mother, Angel Mason returns as an inspector on the police force. On the twentieth anniversary of her mother’s capture, someone is murdered in the same manner as her mother’s victims.

To complicate matters more, Angel’s old flame, Bren McDougal, is assigned to help her with capturing the killer, and it’s soon undeniably clear that the passion between them is hotter than ever.

As the killer repeats her mother’s deadly pattern, Angel must face the terrifying truth she’s been hiding for twenty years.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 3.50