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Ties That Bind

by Natalie R. Collins

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Good read with lots of potential left on the table - sorry for the cliche, but it illustrates the main weakness of the novel: too many cliches. Which is too bad, because the plot works and the setting is intriguing - who doesn't want to know more about the inner workings of the Morman Church? But the characters say and do things we've all seen before. These are like old friends mashed up in a new scenarios. We look forward to getting to know them, only to realize we already do. That said, it's a fast read, entertaining, and I was kept intrigued to the end. I would read this author again. ( )
  TFHetrick | Jan 2, 2015 |
Samantha Montgomery has returned to her small Utah hometown as a police detective. When several kids apparently die by hanging themselves, Samantha and the other police begin to think there is more to it than simple teen suicide. When post-mortem pictures of the kids show up on a computer at the high school, they are sure a killer is at work. And Samantha is also dealing with ghosts of her past which haved been stirred up by the suicides. When a man from her past enters the investigation, Sam may have more than she can handle.

This was a good book. The interconnected story and insight into Mormon culture were interesting. Sam is a complex character with a whole set of baggage she needs to deal with. Despite her personal problems, she is a good cop and I could not help but pull for her. There are enough clues to solve the crime but it was not completely obvious. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312941994, Mass Market Paperback)

Natalie Collins

Ties That Bind

In her acclaimed thrillers, Natalie R. Collins reveals the secrets that lurk in every town, the darkness that lies in every heart, and the ties that bind every family—till death…

The first victim is found hanging from a tree in her backyard. A popular cheerleader in the small town of Kanesville, Utah, she appears to have committed suicide. As does the next girl…Then comes a third death, and a growing suspicion that these are not suicides at all. Police Detective Samantha Montgomery has seen her share of tragedy back in Salt Lake City—but this is different. This is methodical, planned, perfectly executed. This is the work of a serial killer.

Visiting Detective Gage Flint knows Sam from her Salt Lake City days. After a brutal case left her traumatized—and Gage broke her heart—Sam decided to return to her hometown, never thinking she’d have another chance to work with Gage…or that another case would hit so close to home. The deeper she digs into the murders, the more she uncovers about her own family’s past. Somehow, the two seem connected—and Sam could be the next target of a killer’s obsession…

 

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While investigating a serious of murders that were made to look like suicides, Detective Samantha Montgomery uncovers secrets about her family's past that are linked to the case, putting her in the path of a serial killer with a dark obsession.

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