Victoria Selman

Blood For Blood

"There’s no doubt about it – ‘Blood for Blood’ is a gripping thriller."


It's rush hour in London. Former Special Forces profiler, Ziba Mackenzie, is on a packed commuter train that's torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, she finds a dying woman, whose last words reveal a cryptic message. Meanwhile, a body is found, bearing all the hallmarks of a serial killer case that's been dormant for twenty-five years. But what has brought the London Lacerator back after such a long hiatus? Now working as an Offender Profiler, MacKenzie is drawn into the hunt for the killer. The more she uncovers about the Lacerator's latest victims, the more Ziba realises his killings are - somehow - linked to the dying woman's last words.

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There's no doubt about it – 'Blood for Blood' is a gripping thriller. Tense and tightly plotted, the novel grips you from the opening pages. As a profiler, Ziba automatically makes assessments of the other passengers. These observations add to the growing tension as the train hurtles through the underground tunnels. When the explosion happens, it's dramatic. Selman's description is so good, you could almost imagine she's experienced something like this first hand. It's a cracking opener for a nail-biting thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. As the body count builds up, it becomes clear to Ziba that the Lacerator's crimes are inextricably linked to the dying woman's final words. 'Blood for Blood' is the first in a proposed series of novels featuring Ziba Mackenzie. She's certainly a strong enough character to carry a series. Like all the best protagonists, she's got her own issues to deal with - coping with the death of her husband, and trying to ignore the growing attraction she feels to his best friend. It's just the right amount of human interest to make you care enough about Ziba to want to see what happens next. There are also enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing - right up until the final pages. Apart from a few coincidences too many, 'Blood for Blood' is a great start to what promises to be a cracking new series.

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