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30 review for Ties That Bind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marguerite Kaye

    I liked the premise of this book, and I usually enjoy books with alternating POV, so I was looking forward to this. Sadly, I ended up skipping too much of it to rate it. My main issue was with the character of the policewoman put in charge of the case. She was given major childhood issues with abuse by her father, which made her insecure, angry, isolated and unable to enter into any relationship that she didn't try to dominate. This led to problems with her interacting with her colleagues, and m I liked the premise of this book, and I usually enjoy books with alternating POV, so I was looking forward to this. Sadly, I ended up skipping too much of it to rate it. My main issue was with the character of the policewoman put in charge of the case. She was given major childhood issues with abuse by her father, which made her insecure, angry, isolated and unable to enter into any relationship that she didn't try to dominate. This led to problems with her interacting with her colleagues, and made her an incredibly unlikable character - without any empathy, I'm afraid. First of all it was her stupidity that annoyed me, in the way she handled the case. Then it was her arrogance, and the way she, for reasons I still don't understand, decided not to hand it over when she should have, and did stupid things like keep the victim's mobile phone, retain vital information when, for all she knew, that person was dead. Then it was the way that her psychological problems were somehow perceived by the God-like persona of the psychologist, and the unbelievable way she decided to consult him, though she had never talked, never analysed, never accepted she had a problem. But most of all, my issue was with the way she through herself at the victim's husband, and then immediately plotted his revenge when he rejected her - that was a step way beyond the unbelievable for me. In the meantime, the other protagonist was living a new live in Ireland, and working through her side of the issues, her dead child, the effect it had on her marriage and her other child etc, and this was actually okay, if a little heavy-handed. I think I'd like to have seen more of this, and I'd like to have ssen more from her family's point of view - her husband, her teenage son, and most of all from the one likable character in the book, from Lily, her alcoholic mother. As you'll have gathered, this didn't work for me, and I'm sorry about that. I wish I'd liked it more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela Macrae

    Is a well written and thought provoking book, that looks at the dynamics within relationships and families. The book is written from two female characters points of view in alternating chapters which allows the reader to experience womens roles in two, on the surface, apparently disparate ways. An interesting debut that will appeal to those who like Joanna Trollope and Maggie O'Farrell. Is a well written and thought provoking book, that looks at the dynamics within relationships and families. The book is written from two female characters points of view in alternating chapters which allows the reader to experience womens roles in two, on the surface, apparently disparate ways. An interesting debut that will appeal to those who like Joanna Trollope and Maggie O'Farrell.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Having very much enjoyed Dead Secret I anticipated something similar from this but was disappointed by two unsympathetic and unconvincing characters and a too obvious and in many places unconvincing, plot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Bradley

    a moving read

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Crowe

    Really enjoyed this book: strong real characters and themes of love, friendship and dealing with loss, and what happens if you create a new life

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa D

    Compelling.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  8. 4 out of 5

    Morven Cook

  9. 4 out of 5

    ann belcher

  10. 5 out of 5

    marlin1

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katharina

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sue Edwards

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ishana Vallabh

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Black

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crispy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Steele

  17. 5 out of 5

    timothy m sharp

  18. 4 out of 5

    Helen Cooke

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donald

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janice

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karlie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annette Hillcox

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet Pye

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