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Blood for Blood: 1 Paperback – 1 February 2019
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“I raced through this gripping, dark thriller and loved the central character. Can’t wait for the next installment.” ―Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
“A storyline that speeds along at a rate of knots―a bloody good thriller!” ―John Marrs, bestselling author of When You Disappeared
“Blood for Blood sets in motion a complex and thrilling plot, and with Ziba MacKenzie it introduces a fascinating protagonist who’s sure to develop a legion of fans.” ―Kevin Wignall, bestselling author of A Death in Sweden
“For fans of a stylish fast paced thriller, Blood for Blood, delivers on the nail.” ―Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat
“I LOVED this book…I cannot recommend it enough and can’t wait for the next in the series!” ―Niki Mackay, author of I, Witness
“Victoria has created characters that are all complex and captivating, and the plot was fast-paced and totally thrilling.” ―Elle Croft, author of The Guilty Wife and The Other Sister
“Ziba MacKenzie emerges from an explosive opening, propelling the reader on a fast, tense, and emotionally eviscerating journey!” ―Caroline England, author of My Husband’s Lies
“Ziba MacKenzie is tough, smart and funny―I loved her!” ―M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
“I loved it from start to finish and can’t wait to see more of Ziba MacKenzie.” ―Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna
“High octane, high stakes, high speed. With energy and panache, Selman’s heroine goes it alone in this serial-killer thriller, perfect for our time.” ―Jo Furniss, author of The Trailing Spouse and All the Little Children
“A gripping thriller with a fabulously original main character. It grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go!” ―Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice
“A brilliant explosive opening and a thrilling plot that kept me gripped and guessing to the end.” ―Lisa Gray, author of Thin Air
“Intense and captivating, this book had me completely gripped from the first page.” ―Zoe Lea, author of If He Wakes
“A punchy page-turner. Victoria Selman is definitely one to watch.” ―Robert Scragg, author of What Falls Between the Cracks
“Blood for Blood is a great, pacey thriller with a compelling heroine and enough twists to keep you hooked to the very last page. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” ―Marianne Holmes, author of What A Little Bird Told Me
“This book was utterly compelling! I loved the opening: a train crash that propels us straight into the action. I'm looking forward to reading more from Selman.” ―Elizabeth Mundy, author of In Strangers’ Houses
About the Author
After graduating from Oxford University, Victoria Selman studied Creative Writing at the City Lit and wrote for the Ham & High and Daily Express newspapers. In 2013 she won the Full Stop Short Story Prize and her first novel, Blood For Blood, was shortlisted for the 2017 Debut Dagger Award. Victoria lives in London with her husband and two sons.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 February 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 348 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503905055
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503905054
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 811,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There were enough red herrings to make lunch with, and there were an awful lot of military slang expressions which I had never heard of (I learned some new words anyway), which confused me a bit but all in all, I thought it was a well-written story.
The character of Ziba seems a bit lost, which is understandable when you take into account that she has just lost her husband and she has been in a bit of a fog ever since, so getting stuck into this complex case gives her some focus and that can only be a good thing.
The book moves at a fast clip and there is a lot going on, and I found myself reading it in every spare minute that I could.
I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author.
4.5 stars from me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer.
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The plot takes off with a train crash, during which Ziba assists and is given a message by a woman who subsequently dies (this is an important factor/connection) Ziba is then called in to profile a murderer who has a particular M.O.
Unfortunately, the storyline is the overworked and very repetitive. It’s obvious from early on that the perpetrator suffers from drug induced psychosis and schizophrenia; that there was abuse when the perpetrator was a child. The question is, ‘who is he?’.
The manner in which Ziba Mac deduces her profile is very good but this is by far outweighed by the overuse of religious overtones, so much so that the impact is completely lost. It all gets silly.
Ziba MacKenzie is a Special Forces veteran and a specialist in criminal profiling. Like every good superhero she has a talent (profiling, understanding human behaviour) and an Achilles heel (her grief over the murder of her husband). We meet her on a London suburban train just as it's about to crash with catastrophic impact. As Ziba tries to help the injured and dying, a woman's dying words haunt here. "He did it. You have to tell someone".
Ziba is called in by the police to help on the investigation of a serial killer who kills and mutilates older gay men. After appearing on the news supporting the police, the killer thinks she understands him and is his guardian angel and soon starts setting her tests and challenges. Can Ziba get under his skin sufficiently to stop the killing, whilst trying to tie together dozens of loose ends over more than 25 years?
The serial killer sub-genre is a crowded market place and increasingly it seems like authors think the only way to make their mark is to make their stories more and more complicated, fill them with devious blind ends and red herrings and repeatedly lead the reader astray. Selman doesn't do that. Her story is more linear and logical than most and I'm grateful for that relative simplicity. As a reader, I want to think that I too can piece the story together if I follow all the clues and she let me do that without an over-reliance on unknown-unknowns or super-clever forensics. This is, at heart, a rather old fashioned style of criminal investigation. Hoorah for that.
I'm happy to see this described as Ziba MacKenzie #1 because I'm sure there'll be a good few more Ziba Mac books before I get jaded with this new protagonist. I liked her a lot.
Victoria Selman has clearly done an amazing amount of profiling herself for this book. I have spent many years myself studying serial killers and in this book, through the voice and thoughts of Ziba she references so many serial killers from both the UK and abroad and every single time she does it every word spoken is the truth.
If you enjoy a thriller with a hunt for a serial killer then this is a book you must read. If i do have one tiny criticism though it is that I'd guessed the outcome pretty early on. That wasn't enough of a downfall to give anything other than 5 stars though.