Review: Bloodlines by Vanessa Skye



Read from December 07 to 09, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Following the acclaimed debut of The Enemy Inside and its sequel, Broken, comes the stunning conclusion to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ series by investigative journalist Vanessa Skye, Bloodlines.

Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond is lying. She’s lying to the Chicago Police Department, to her boyfriend, Captain Jay O’Loughlin, but most of all, she’s lying to herself—about her past, her future, and her ongoing addiction.

As Berg investigates a series of brutal rapes and sinks under an ever-increasing caseload, she finds herself juggling every aspect of her life—finding justice for victims of crime, keeping her own sordid past buried from her colleagues, struggling with blackmail that threatens to push her over the edge, and protecting her lover from the details of all of it.

Wrapping her damaged head around living in a state of domestic bliss she’s certain she doesn’t deserve, Berg is driven by the need for justice and a determination to stop a rapist before any more innocent lives are ravaged.

But when enemies from the past threaten her present, she is once again vulnerable to the demons that have plagued her every day of her life.

It’s only a matter of time before her lies unravel and the fairy tale she’s finally started believing implodes . . . but the biggest threat of all, as it turns out, is her very own bloodline.

Can she save herself, and the casualties of crime, from the lurking darkness waiting to strike, or will her own mistakes drag her under—this time for good?

Bookish things: 256 pages. The cover is the same gritty style are the rest, fantastic.

Where to buy: Direct from the publisher The Writer’s Coffee Shop or from Amazon

My review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors, indie-author, indie-review-copies, aussie-authors, aww2014, summer-challenge, 5-star-review, crime, made-me-think, not-for-the-feint-heartedromance-ish, smirk-worthy, swear-tastic, thriller

Bloodlines the thrilling conclusion to Vanessa Skye’s The Enemy Inside trilogy is all that I have come to expect from Vanessa.

Lots of twists and turns in this one, leaves both the reader and Berg squirming.
Once again, we’re introduced to one seriously messed up antagonist. In fact, in this book, you could say there are several.
I found the rape plot in this to be something very new, something that made me think about what it would take to encourage someone to do something like that. It sent shivers up my spine.
Murder, mayhem, marriage, blackmail and lies all spiral together around Berg and Jay. It was a truly great conclusion to this trilogy.
If I had one complaint it would be the ending. It felt a little quick, a little rushed and fractured. It added to the frenzy of the climax, but it didn’t feel like it was completely formulated.
It was only a minor thing, I was pleased with the ending ultimately.

A few things I noticed:

18% – “You have you(r) open…
51% – “We’ve got nada,” Are(n)a answered…
70% – What(‘s) that got to do with anything?
74% – …I’ve got s(delete s, add a) screen shot…

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy in return for an honest review**

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