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  • Recommended

    A gripping and fast paced story that kept me hooked till the end. I liked the solid mystery that kept me guessing, the well written and interesting cast of characters, and the entertaining plot. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Outstanding!

    I am a Graeme Hampton novice and I was so impressed with this outstanding mystery-thriller! This is the second instalment of his DI Denning and DS Fisher series and I was happy to dive straight in. Although I have yet to read book one (entitled Know No Evil), the premise of Blood Family beckoned to me and I knew that I had to read this novel! Blood Family definitely did not disappoint. It had everything I would expect from a fantastic mystery/police procedural - a great plot, well-drawn characters and terrific pacing. Even though I have read quite a few books with a similar premise to this one - an "ordinary" family, unexposed secrets, murder, compulsive lies, manipulation, evil and several twists, so I began this book in the knowledge of what was to come. This police procedural has also been a great delight, full of jeopardy, deception, tension, dysfunction and fascinating characters, whether they were loved or hated and unexpected outcomes. There was oodles of suspense and it was definitely an enthralling reading experience that had me hooked throughout. I loved the shock factor and twisting plot, making this extremely difficult to put down. I really appreciated the smooth writing style of Graeme Hampton and it was easy to connect with the characters - to imagine them, like or loathe them. The great reveal was perfect, fulfilling and unexpected. Blood Family was everything I wanted in what was a pretty special mystery-thriller and I am already looking forward to my next read by this gifted author. I highly recommend Blood Family to lovers of the genre for a read that really packs a punch. I received a complimentary copy of this novel, at my request, from Hera Books via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Blood Family.

    Did not like this book although I did finish it. The plot was not realistic and too much emphasis on the characters histories much of it not relevant to the crime The author needs to study up on his firearms. The Browning 500 was a great shotgun, but it does not shoot ' bullets' it uses shotgun shells filled with various size shot. Suggesting that ballistics could determine if the shotgun was used to murder the victims was silly and that information almost made me shut the book!! Unsure if I want to read book 3 in this series.

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  • Lack of care with the details

    Not a bad yarn, but unbelievable in so many ways. First up, the weapon used, we are told,was a shotgun. It would be impossible to identify what type or make of gun was used from looking at the wound on a body. Secondly, shotgun cartridges contain many small lead, steel, tin or bismuth balls, not just one bullet as suggested in the text. Thirdly, silencers in shotguns are extremely rare and not like silencers in the movies! on the whole, poor effort in researching the detail making for an unbelievable plot. Finally, the F registration plate dates back to 1968 or 1969 - Renault Clios didn't exist then! do please get your research done properly if you want yor readers to take you seriously. Thanks.

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  • Good story

    Good story spoiled by lots of factual errors. Shotguns do not fire bullets, modern cars do not carry decades old number plates and London police officers do not use words like “ gotten “

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