Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood

Victoria Selman / Oct 14, 2019

Blood for Blood Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers Now one is profiling her Rush hour London A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision Picking through the carnage ex special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie h

  • Title: Blood for Blood
  • Author: Victoria Selman
  • ISBN: Blood for Blood
  • ASIN
    B07CKXV7R6
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    English
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  • Page: 214
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers Now one is profiling her.Rush hour, London A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision Picking through the carnage, ex special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message He did it You have to tell someone.When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers Now one is profiling her.Rush hour, London A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision Picking through the carnage, ex special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message He did it You have to tell someone.When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for twenty five years, Ziba is pulled into the hunt for the perpetrator As the body count rises it becomes clear he s on a new spree But what s brought the London Lacerator back after such a long hiatus And does his sudden return have anything to do with the woman on the train Ziba scrambles to profile the killer in the hope of predicting his next move But time is running out And the closer she gets to uncovering his identity, the closer he gets to destroying hers.Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 319 pages Published February 1st 2019 by Thomas Mercer More Details Original Title Blood for Blood ASIN B07CKXV7R6 Edition Language English Series Ziba MacKenzie 1 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Blood for Blood, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Fiction Criminal Forensic Profiler Psychologist Psychiatrist Main Characters 117 books 42 voters February 2019 Book Releases 82 books 31 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 02, 2019 Misty rated it liked it Shelves 2019 Blood for Blood was both a page turner and a disappointment What began as an edge of your seat read quickly deteriorated into a muddled pool of feints and missteps The book starts on a commuter train where Ziba MacKenzie is engaged in people watching It s clear that she is keenly observant as she relates the minute details of her fellow passengers and silently passes judgement on each The reader learns that MacKenzie is a successful independent profiler , in the process of emerging from her Blood for Blood was both a page turner and a disappointment What began as an edge of your seat read quickly deteriorated into a muddled pool of feints and missteps The book starts on a commuter train where Ziba MacKenzie is engaged in people watching It s clear that she is keenly observant as she relates the minute details of her fellow passengers and silently passes judgement on each The reader learns that MacKenzie is a successful independent profiler , in the process of emerging from her grief over her husband s murder When the train then crashes, the results are grisly MacKenzie springs into action, drawing strength and knowledge from her time in the special forces, helping where she can in spite of her own injuries As one woman lay dying, her final words draw MacKenzie into a quest for truth that eventually becomes intertwined in a serial killer case upon which she is called to work with Scotland Yard Author Victoria Selman does a great job setting the tone and breathing life into Ziba MacKenzie It is in that character, however, that the first cracks in the armor appear Selman is so intent on sharing her own vast store of knowledge regarding serial killers that every time MacKenzie speaks, she shares another fact that adds nothing to the read Almost every mass murderer in history is given a moment in the spotlight I found myself gritting my teeth whilst at the same time wanting to pen a note to the author that said, OK, we get it You ve done your research Move along The second downfall is in the author s attempts to resolve the red herrings she has introduced I understand the need to tie up loose ends, but here they come off as extremely contrived Every minor character suddenly reveals secrets about which I couldn t have cared less There was never any courted investment in those people to garner interest in the explanations for their behavior The final issue is one that involves a spoiler view spoiler The murderer is a man who was intentionally misidentified by his mother as the victim of a grisly murder 25 years prior He is said to have then spent two decades in a facility for his schizophrenia, subsequently released into a day care program Under what identity Would a John Doe have been treated for that long then sent out in society without any idea of who he was How was he supporting himself and affording the coke that kept disappearing up his nose Selman tells us that his mother was surprised to see him, so clearly she wasn t the one providing him support, and there were just no other explanations offered hide spoiler It was a huge miscalculation on Selman s part to be so detail oriented and then ignore such critical holes in the story In the end, I did finish the novel, but not without some misgivings and a boatload of questions that remained unanswered Selman is clearly in command of the language and is great with dialogue For those with a keen interest in serial killers, there is enough here to keep you reading For those who indulge in the mystery genre, however, this one just falls short flag 29 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 06, 2019 Christopher rated it it was ok Shelves , kindle first, 2019, fiction, mystery, gaslighting, serial killer, women must have a man It s rare that a single side character causes me to cut a book rating in half, but here we are One of these days I m going to read a book with a strong, independent female lead 2018 wasn t a good year for me and such a book, but I entered 2019 ever hopeful One might be fooled into thinking that this is one But no What we have instead is a woman still broken from the death of her husband Which is fine Could be great, even It s a great opportunity to show her inner strength as she comes to It s rare that a single side character causes me to cut a book rating in half, but here we are One of these days I m going to read a book with a strong, independent female lead 2018 wasn t a good year for me and such a book, but I entered 2019 ever hopeful One might be fooled into thinking that this is one But no What we have instead is a woman still broken from the death of her husband Which is fine Could be great, even It s a great opportunity to show her inner strength as she comes to grips with his death and learns to live her life without him But nope Screw that Romance sub plot Instead we get a woman who never learns to stand on her own Never learns to come to grips with her pain But does come to grips with Jack Because someone thought a serial killer mystery involving pedophilia needed some sexual tension in it Of course they did Ham fisted romance is all the rage these days flag 25 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 26, 2019 Darinda rated it liked it The first book in a new crime series by debut author Victoria Selman Ziba MacKenzie is a profiler, and her latest case involves a serial killer who is back after a long hiatus.A fast paced crime mystery with a strong female lead I usually enjoy books with strong female protagonists, but Ziba was kind of annoying She seemed a bit of a know it all, and the weird phrases she uses threw me off Additionally, I would have liked backstory about Ziba I m guessing that as the series continues, The first book in a new crime series by debut author Victoria Selman Ziba MacKenzie is a profiler, and her latest case involves a serial killer who is back after a long hiatus.A fast paced crime mystery with a strong female lead I usually enjoy books with strong female protagonists, but Ziba was kind of annoying She seemed a bit of a know it all, and the weird phrases she uses threw me off Additionally, I would have liked backstory about Ziba I m guessing that as the series continues, about Ziba will be revealed.The mystery was interesting though The story switched between two points of view Ziba and the killer The writing was solid and there were enough twists to keep it interesting.I enjoy fast paced mysteries and thrillers, so I ll probably continue with this series Hopefully, I start to like Ziba This book was my pick for s First Reads in January 2019. flag 19 likesLike see review Felicia Great review, Darinda Jan 29, 2019 01 15PM Darinda Felicia wrote Great review, Darinda Thanks, Felicia Jan 29, 2019 01 39PM Jan 14, 2019 Darcia Helle rated it did not like it Shelves ebooks, fiction, suspense thriller mystery This was my First Read pick for January It s not a book I d recommend, and it s not a series I ll follow Some things that bothered me include Ziba is an annoying character who tries too hard to be a badass She has a habit of calling people ridiculous derogatory names, constantly, such as moon chicken and DI Dipstick She also uses her personal lingo for common things, such as lifer juice instead of coffee And a man s hands are dick grabbers I swear, she never just talks like This was my First Read pick for January It s not a book I d recommend, and it s not a series I ll follow Some things that bothered me include Ziba is an annoying character who tries too hard to be a badass She has a habit of calling people ridiculous derogatory names, constantly, such as moon chicken and DI Dipstick She also uses her personal lingo for common things, such as lifer juice instead of coffee And a man s hands are dick grabbers I swear, she never just talks like a normal person All this makes her unsympathetic and unlikable.Ziba lectures about serial killers at every turn We re besieged with textbook recitations of infamous serial killers behavior, as if in doing so Ziba proves her brilliance as a profiler She also provides a litany of observations about people she sees, again to prove her profiling ability, when in reality most anyone would pick up on the things she points out with a flourish There is a constant, obvious attempt to throw readers off with red herrings It s as if the author shouts for us to look over here at this person, because it must be him, and then, no, look over here, because it s really this guy instead It all feels too contrived.Clearly, this book was not for me I couldn t find anything to like here at all But that s just my opinion flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nicole and it only took her 100 chapters to annoy me Jan 29, 2019 06 46AM Darcia Helle Ha You did well, even thought that was probably only 100 pages Jan 30, 2019 11 24PM Oct 11, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it A proper serial killer thriller with a great main protagonist and a twisty page turner with some great writing Part of my First Monday Crime reading so will review properly at a later date Looking forward to the next in the series flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Lynda Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves deleted This book was one of the two choices I made for the Kindle First offer for January I ve given up on it at 30%, thoughit s full of military slang and I just got totally cheesed off having to keep looking up what she was on about Especially as Ziba no longer works for the military There s just no need for it and for me it ruined what is in essence an interesting story Such a shame.She uses the word ass a lot as well when it should be arse seeing as we re based in England Sentences like This book was one of the two choices I made for the Kindle First offer for January I ve given up on it at 30%, thoughit s full of military slang and I just got totally cheesed off having to keep looking up what she was on about Especially as Ziba no longer works for the military There s just no need for it and for me it ruined what is in essence an interesting story Such a shame.She uses the word ass a lot as well when it should be arse seeing as we re based in England Sentences likeying to figure out a way to get an ident on my mystery woman and So, what s the sitrep then the craphat who killed him and finally, for me, I d spotted the shit bird on the platform Just needless and annoying, I m afraid.The serial killer moniker of London Lacerator just sounds daft AND lacerater should be spelt like this, anyway I didn t believe that a profiler would refer to genital mutilation and eye stabbings in a press conference, either.However, I hadn t spotted any punctuation or grammatical mistakes before I deleted this which is nice to see flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Carly Jerome rated it did not like it I found a lot of issues with this book First, it always bothers me when strong female characters aren t written as people In other words, a common trope is to have the female character solo NEWSFLASH women aren t any less powerful when they ask for or accept help Many pages were fluff it seemed like the author was trying to reach a certain number of pages rather than writing to move the plot forward The author also restates things regularly, which is extremely frustrating when you r I found a lot of issues with this book First, it always bothers me when strong female characters aren t written as people In other words, a common trope is to have the female character solo NEWSFLASH women aren t any less powerful when they ask for or accept help Many pages were fluff it seemed like the author was trying to reach a certain number of pages rather than writing to move the plot forward The author also restates things regularly, which is extremely frustrating when you read the same thing two pages before Also, something that bothered me than it probably should ve INACCURACIES WITH ZODIAC the author probably meant Son of Sam, and had confused the two Zodiac never wrote to the NYPD, and he toyed with the press, not with the police Good lord Finally, what is the deal with the junkie flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 31, 2019 Kathy rated it liked it This was my selection from the monthly Kindle books available to Prime members of I usually don t make it through any of the books I choose, so this was a step forward The young woman profiler Ziba had appeal, so I stuck with the story as it went from a devastating train crash into a Scotland Yard campaign to catch a serial killer, not one of my favorite topics flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Jim rated it it was ok Shelves thriller, mystery, crime I wanted to like this book.But, I must have been hitting the hippie lettuce to have finished this supposed thriller I suppose that just makes me shit stain to not encourage this up and coming young author But it s the use for such off the wall phrases that I find most off putting Sweet mother of dog shit , I find that annoying.But finish it book, I did I did like the set up and Ziba did start out with promise, but the whole thing started to fall apart when, just when we wanted to like t I wanted to like this book.But, I must have been hitting the hippie lettuce to have finished this supposed thriller I suppose that just makes me shit stain to not encourage this up and coming young author But it s the use for such off the wall phrases that I find most off putting Sweet mother of dog shit , I find that annoying.But finish it book, I did I did like the set up and Ziba did start out with promise, but the whole thing started to fall apart when, just when we wanted to like this new, woman role model, she transforms into a stereo typical bumbling female Jane Doe, unable to exert any strong, decisive traits that would make her unique or likeable The plot ploddeddrawn out by false leads like random thoughts and two dimensional characters.I wish Victoria well in her careershe may have promise if she stays away from trying to make her hero ine seem ordinaryeven mundaneand tries to create a character with whom we feel a connection ala Cormoran, Reacher or A.X.L Pendergast the profiler angle has been popular in TV for yearsmaybe another direction flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Kelly rated it it was amazing It has been a while since a book has intrigued me as much as this one had I am fairly good at being able to call who the murderer is but this one had me guessing, then second guessing only to revert to my original suspect And still I was incorrect However, it wasn t because the murderer was random or completely unforeseen but because of the way the story was written and the focus on different details that are then disregarded as new ones come to light that I focused exactly where the author i It has been a while since a book has intrigued me as much as this one had I am fairly good at being able to call who the murderer is but this one had me guessing, then second guessing only to revert to my original suspect And still I was incorrect However, it wasn t because the murderer was random or completely unforeseen but because of the way the story was written and the focus on different details that are then disregarded as new ones come to light that I focused exactly where the author intended and never strayed from the path she laid out I was delighted to be so completely engrossed in a story that it left my mind no room to wander from the world she created.Also, it was refreshing that the main character is a pretty bad ass well written female I adore how confident in herself she is while still having many of the flaws any real human has to contend with, that just made her 100% believable and easy to relate to despite the lack of similarities in my personal life.There were also enough details that alluded to the deranged nature of the crimes with falling into the total ick territory I appreciate how the author chose to handle the child abuse scenes as well Again, giving enough details to paint the picture and cause emotional turmoil without going to far the situation is disgusting and wrong but I am unable to emotional handle detailed scenes in my daily reading, so I am thankful with the care she took in portraying such heavy content Scary how real it all felt but I am genuinely looking forward to the next book in the series flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Lisa Gray rated it it was amazing Blood for Blood is a fantastic debut from an exciting new author A brilliant explosive opening is followed by a thrilling plot that kept me gripped and guessing to the end As well as a pacy plot and an enjoyable mystery, the characterisation was superb Ziba MacKenzie is a fresh and intriguing female lead with some cracking skills and some great one liners I can t wait for the next instalment in the series flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Krystal rated it liked it To begin with, how does book one in a series leave you feeling like you missed something Was there a series prior to this where Ziba was a background character The fact that I came into this novel simply hearing about her husband s death, I don t feel as though her grieving made me feel what I m sure the author intended Nor did I feel any strong feelings one way or another about her working with, or being around, his former friends and colleagues I feel like I am missing some major plot line To begin with, how does book one in a series leave you feeling like you missed something Was there a series prior to this where Ziba was a background character The fact that I came into this novel simply hearing about her husband s death, I don t feel as though her grieving made me feel what I m sure the author intended Nor did I feel any strong feelings one way or another about her working with, or being around, his former friends and colleagues I feel like I am missing some major plot line by simply being introduced to her after her husband s death.Then, while it is quite obvious that this author has a solid grasp on what makes a good story, and how to execute just enough is it or isn t it to keep you guessing, however I was left with A LOT of questions The most glaring of which is how did the killer keep their identity a secret for so long Considering the things that happened to them, I feel like someone, somewhere along the way would have caught on Mental Health treatment is often expensive, and I cannot imagine his therapists, doctors, facilitators, etc, calling him just by the name he gave himself How did they get paid How did they keep tabs on him Perhaps things are different in the UK, and this is plausible, however I just don t understand it I also found Ziba to be a bit snobbish Standoffish Unbelievable Even with her impressive record even impressive when you take into consideration how old she is compared to what she has done , she still comes across as the person with all the answers Even working with detectives who have been around awhile, she still sees things that to me should have been obvious, and she takes risks that are wholly unnecessary All in all, this is a well written first novel, and I do think I will continue on with this series, just to see how the author and her characters evolve.DISCLAIMER This was an First Reads for January This has not affected my review in any way All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Roxy rated it it was ok Stereotypical, repetitive, gory, and too easy to spot the bad guy flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 George P rated it it was amazing Ziba MacKenzie is a criminal profiler who consults with Scotland Yard On her way to dinner one night, the train she s riding collides with a derailed tanker car, killing than a dozen and wounding several hundred Though injured herself, Ziba comforts a dying woman who with her last breath whispers an enigmatic confession He did it Who did it What did he do And why are the questions Ziba asks herself.But these questions get pushed to the side as Scotland Yard requests her services to Ziba MacKenzie is a criminal profiler who consults with Scotland Yard On her way to dinner one night, the train she s riding collides with a derailed tanker car, killing than a dozen and wounding several hundred Though injured herself, Ziba comforts a dying woman who with her last breath whispers an enigmatic confession He did it Who did it What did he do And why are the questions Ziba asks herself.But these questions get pushed to the side as Scotland Yard requests her services to help them catch the London Lacerator, a serial killer who s started murdering again after a two decade hiatus The catch While she s profiling him, it turns out he s profiling her too Now the question is Who will get to the other first Eventually, both sets of questions collide in Blood for Blood, the first book in a new series featuring Ziba MacKenzie and penned by Victoria Selman It s a page turner with a likable protagonist, a plot with several twists, and a backstory and ensemble of secondary characters that grow on you As a devoted reader of Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly, I m always on the lookout for a new murder mystery series, and this one fits the bill I m looking forward to Nothing to Lose, the second book in the series, which releases March 26, 2019.Book ReviewedVictoria Selman, Blood for Blood Ziba MacKenzie Book One Thomas Mercer, 2019.P.S If my review helps you form an opinion of the book, please vote Helpful on my review page flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Lynn Laryn rated it it was ok DisappointingI did not like this book, and I m sorry I wasted my time reading it I m not saying she s a bad author, but the subject was very distasteful for me Perhaps her future books are good, but I will not be reading another one flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Jennifer rated it it was ok Wasn t feeling this the whole way through Didn t help that it kicked off with a ridiculous number of coincidences Our hero in in a train crash and comforts a dying woman at the top of the book She s also brought in on a serial killer murder investigation later that night The mom of the first victim of the serial killer Turns out she was the dying woman on the train Oh and the serial killer was on the train too Cause why not flag 2 likesLike see review Meghan Oh and don t forget the random junkie was on the train, along with members of Scotland Yard Who wasn t a suspect at one point Feb 01, 2019 10 08AM Jan 01, 2019 Suze rated it it was amazing Blood for BloodI m glad I chose Blood for Blood for my January First Read, it s a great mystery thriller with the bonus that it is the first in a series.Ziba Mac is an endearing character, she is still grieving the loss of her husband Duncan two years ago She gets caught up in the death of a woman killed in a train wreck that coincides with the reappearance of a serial killer after a twenty five year hiatus As a profiler she gets in the killers head as he sets his sights on her There is quite Blood for BloodI m glad I chose Blood for Blood for my January First Read, it s a great mystery thriller with the bonus that it is the first in a series.Ziba Mac is an endearing character, she is still grieving the loss of her husband Duncan two years ago She gets caught up in the death of a woman killed in a train wreck that coincides with the reappearance of a serial killer after a twenty five year hiatus As a profiler she gets in the killers head as he sets his sights on her There is quite a twist to the story, this is an exciting read Can t wait for in the Ziba Mac series flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Barbara rated it it was amazing Intense Could not put down this book long enough for my kindle to recharge fully Fabulous debut novel Erratic killer who believes he heard the voice of God has started killing again after a 25 year absence Will Ziba, profiler at Scotland Yard get to the bottom of the case before it s too late flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Kristin rated it did not like it Shelves did not finish DNF at 38%.I don t normally read books on Kindle, but since offered two free books for January, I couldn t turn it down I d been stuck in a repetitive cycle of reading WWII books so I decided a thriller would be a nice way to break out of it unfortunately, it appears I should have waited a bit for some of the reviews to come in or chosen from one of the other two books I had considered as a secondary but passed in favor of this.Ziba is by far one of the top ten most obnoxious characters DNF at 38%.I don t normally read books on Kindle, but since offered two free books for January, I couldn t turn it down I d been stuck in a repetitive cycle of reading WWII books so I decided a thriller would be a nice way to break out of it unfortunately, it appears I should have waited a bit for some of the reviews to come in or chosen from one of the other two books I had considered as a secondary but passed in favor of this.Ziba is by far one of the top ten most obnoxious characters I ve forced myself to read about.I m still not sure what the author was aiming for with this character, was she supposed to be quirky Badass A quirky badass Or was she supposed to be as annoying Because she was very annoying.Between the military abbreviations that had no explanation and I couldn t be bothered to look up and her frequent need to differentiate herself by making up words like a kindergartner ie Lifer Juice Coffee Ink Stick Pen instead of talking like a normal adult Ziba, with the giant chip the size of Everest on her shoulder who assumed she was better than everyone else especially if they possessed a penis , was insufferable As far as the made up words go, it s almost like the author had a word count she needed to meet and like a desperate college student started making up and or breaking down words to overly simplified forms to fluff the number count.A lot of the slang and terms were very British Like, if you dissected them, they d bleed little Union Jacks, level of British Seeing as the author and the book are British I shrugged it off as a little quirk until the terms started being thrown into what felt like every other paragraph Why wasn t Ziba capable of just talking normally and saying what she means without the overly British slang and made up terms Now, before you get defensive about my typical American attitude I fully expect British terms in British books, so no I m not referring to words like chips instead of french fries, flat instead of apartment, or a dummy instead of a pacifier, etc It wouldn t be or feel British without their own terms sprinkled throughout Ziba, however, is slightly obsessive about throwing out British slang and terms that are so unusual they required me to pause and look them up Two of them the two examples I use are mostly my own fault from misunderstanding but some of them were just ridiculous As if her made up words weren t bad enoughTwo examples both of which I think are very minor but importantly are spoiler free as I shook the cellar over my fries Again, minor But it did make me pause, a cellar besides being a place to store your excess junk is a small bowl without a lid that holds spices Basically, that little bowl you see the chefs on cooking shows grabbing pinches or fistfuls of seasoning and throwing it over foodthat s a cellar.I m not sure if this is what salt shakers are referred to in the UK because when I googled it, I came up with nothing useful So, I m going to have to side with her husband on this, if she s shaking an open bowl of salt on her chips French fries , she s going to die young and has no taste buds after being forced to eat military rations food, this might be true.And another We d eat them straight out of the fat standing by the hob Now this is my own fault Being a typical mostly oblivious American I don t keep up with many trends both on my own soil and overseas , so to me hob still meant hearth which is obviously a fireplace Apparently, I m a few centuries out of date because it now means cook top I will confess it was kind of amusing to picture two modern people, so desperate for fatty, unhealthy goodness, they resorted to cooking chips French fries in a cast iron pot over an open flame.Another issue I had was Ziba s line of work I can t remember where exactly she lives, but apparently, she lives in a pretty nice neighborhood since she never worries about people breaking in or stealing her car which is where I have many questions Ziba pretty much makes it clear she s a freelancer, meaning she doesn t have a reliable form of income She could be called in every day for a year or get nothing for months while they used other people She isn t the only Profiler in the UK which I ll be talking about in a moment So how does she afford both the nice apartment and a car that goes for almost 200,000 which is like 155,000 I ve heard its very expensive to live in London, so how does she afford the apartment, the car, and all the other expenses that living in a big city brings on freelancer pay I doubt the military, her husband s life insurance, and the government pays well enough for her to maintain all her living and car expenses, plus keep up with her going out to eat nearly every single day for two meals a day.Also, if I remember correctly, Ziba is under or pretty close to 30 years old She was in the military most of her young adult life 18 35 Where and when did she have the time to magically become a profiler, between her frequent deployments with special forces Profiling is something that takes years and a ton of training to achieve You don t just read a textbook which is what a lot of her profiling passages felt like these being very frequent and magically become one Going by her age she d still be in training and wouldn t have nearly the amount of prestige needed to be called on so frequently And using the old she was in the military argument won t work, they train you to look for danger not figure out the dude on the train with sores on his face, unwashed hair, skeletal complexion, and constant fidgeting is surprise, surprise a meth addict Or that mutilation of someone s genitals means they re angry with that sex.She also doesn t have the maturity level expected of someone in her position, which requires emotional detachment and serious observation skills She frequently gets angry and calls people by childish names She s also pretty oblivious to the obvious behaviors of people around her.So how did she become the go to profiler, when there are probably hundreds of other profiles with seniority and experience than her I still don t understand why authors think female leads need to be lone wolf types of gals, as if they re all powerful and are what people are clamoring to read about They aren t.Actually, I like the dynamic of partners that balance each other out It makes the characters stronger to have someone to ask for help, softens out the jagged edges, and adds a new dynamic and point of view be it rasher or calmer for both male and female characters.The other big issue I had was how many coincidences there were, it was absolutely ridiculous Be wary, this paragraph is heavy in the spoilers, just skip over the bolded text to avoid it So Ziba gets on a train that just to happens to blow up, that coincidentally is not only also occupied by our serial killer who is stalking a young woman but the serial killers mother as well Somehow the mother, who doesn t recognize her son at all, dies along with 90% of the people in the carriage but Ziba and serial killer conveniently walk out without a scratch You really expect me to buy what you re selling here And finally, let me start off this last section with a little disclaimer that I myself do swear, and it only bothers me on two occasions if it s done in front of my young child or it s used excess Ziba, as it turns out, is not very articulate in expressing her frustration and anger preferring to just resort to swearing like a Neanderthal every couple of pages I did a search on some of the common words to see how often it was said D ck 10 timesA s hole 12 timesF ck 15 timesSh t 30 timesB tch 4 timesB tard 4 timesD mn 14 timesSo she swears using the most common words, at least about 89 times in a book that s about 300 and some pages Just a bit excessive.Again, swearing doesn t bother me but I know it bothers other people so that s why I edited the words a bit Recognizable but still hidden for those of a sensitive nature.Unfortunately, this is a series I won t be retrying or continuing flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Sabrina Grace rated it liked it A grieving profiler receives a cryptic message from a dying woman after the train they are on crashes Ziba, the profiler is a special forces vet She is invited to work with Scotland Yard when a long dormant serial killer suddenly becomes active a gain Her pursuit reveals surprising connections and puts her in jeopardy This was certainly a readable serial killer yarn but was damaged by some plot issues, info dumps and a subtle but noticeable anti Catholic ism Despite significant detail, the A grieving profiler receives a cryptic message from a dying woman after the train they are on crashes Ziba, the profiler is a special forces vet She is invited to work with Scotland Yard when a long dormant serial killer suddenly becomes active a gain Her pursuit reveals surprising connections and puts her in jeopardy This was certainly a readable serial killer yarn but was damaged by some plot issues, info dumps and a subtle but noticeable anti Catholic ism Despite significant detail, the serial killer s dormancy and reapparance where not satisfactorily explained Ziba s clumsy efforts to deny her attraction to her husband s best friend and constant wallowing in grief were tiresome and juvenile She seems to be unable to do her job without giving lectures on serial killers But most offensive was the anti Catholicism Granted in England and Scotland it is an acceptable prejudice Ziba proudly chortles about being a Persian Jew Protestant but doesn t miss a chance to take a shot at the repressive, hypoicritical Catholic faith BTW vernacular services replaced the Latin Mass circa 1965 and even Catholic schools don t require Latin classes It was unnecessary to play upon prejudice in that way Yes religious whackos aboundbut in this context the targeting of Catholicism was offensive The book is a tad uneven with a few too many obvious red herrings Imperfect but still readable and fairly enjoyable 2.5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Jan 14, 2019 Carolyn rated it liked it Prime included Blood for Blood as a free read this month Ziba MacKenzie looked like a fresh slant on one of my favorites strong female detectives The first chapter pulled me in as Ziba, a profiler, automatically profiled fellow passengers on her train After a deadly train crash, she works to save as many as she can and hears a dying plea from an older Catholic woman He did it You have to tell them he did it

    The story slowed down so much after the first chapter I had a hard time st

    Prime included Blood for Blood as a free read this month Ziba MacKenzie looked like a fresh slant on one of my favorites strong female detectives The first chapter pulled me in as Ziba, a profiler, automatically profiled fellow passengers on her train After a deadly train crash, she works to save as many as she can and hears a dying plea from an older Catholic woman He did it You have to tell them he did it

    The story slowed down so much after the first chapter I had a hard time staying with it Ziba spent pages mourning and remembering her husband, a murdered policeman whose killer was never caught Interspersed with her mourning were italicized first person chapters about a small boy, and other chapters from the point of view of the serial killer

    The author threw in lots of red herrings and made Ziba suspect someone on her own Scotland Yard team was Lacerator, the famous serial killer She was sure the killer was someone she knew, someone who knew her well She decided the killer was schizophrenic and lectured the reader on different types of schizophrenia Two other things kept me from really liking Blood For Blood The ending was weak, anticlimactic And there were many British colloquialisms that made me stop reading to try to figure out what was meant I read British mysteries all the time and this usually is not a problem flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Patiscynical rated it really liked it I couldn t get into it at firstI almost didn t finish this First Reads pick for January, and that would have been a shame But the phrasing was awkward, and I couldn t get into the characters I persevered though, and I m glad I did.Ziba MacKenzie is an ex special forces operative turned profiler She s also a recent widow in a world of pain When the train she s traveling on is in a horrific accident she inadvertently catches the attention of a serial killer who has been dormant for years, bu I couldn t get into it at firstI almost didn t finish this First Reads pick for January, and that would have been a shame But the phrasing was awkward, and I couldn t get into the characters I persevered though, and I m glad I did.Ziba MacKenzie is an ex special forces operative turned profiler She s also a recent widow in a world of pain When the train she s traveling on is in a horrific accident she inadvertently catches the attention of a serial killer who has been dormant for years, but he s ready to start killing again.Results admittedly the awkward and sometimes strange phrasing is difficult to get past, but if you can get through the first five chapters you ll find an interesting and exciting thriller There was some strong language, and some adult themes, but nothing very graphic It would be fine for older teens and adults flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves prime first reads, britishness, fiction, mystery crime have spoiled Prime members this month with a new year double whammy of not one but two first read picks and this was one of mine.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 a have spoiled Prime members this month with a new year double whammy of not one but two first read picks and this was one of mine.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 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 and complicated, fill them with devious blind ends and red herrings and repeatedly lead the reader astray Selman doesn t do that Her story is 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 Ziba Mac books before I get jaded with this new protagonist I liked her a lot flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Tori rated it it was amazing Exciting I wasn t sure at first about this book but it was the kindle first option that seemed like something I would like the most I like that the story goes right into it and you hav to help Ziba decipher clues as she goes You also are trying to figure out who Raguel is and how he someone seems to understand Ziba and how she works I like that she is a lone wolf but will call in help when she really needs it I thought it was interesting that you were always turning a corner and learning som Exciting I wasn t sure at first about this book but it was the kindle first option that seemed like something I would like the most I like that the story goes right into it and you hav to help Ziba decipher clues as she goes You also are trying to figure out who Raguel is and how he someone seems to understand Ziba and how she works I like that she is a lone wolf but will call in help when she really needs it I thought it was interesting that you were always turning a corner and learning something new I liked that the book gives you a lead into the next book Nothing to Lose it s already drawing me in waiting to see what can potential happen to Ziba and Jack as well as the newest serial killer she is to profile Great kindle first read Worth reading if you like shows like criminal minds flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Taryn rated it it was amazing I Couldn t Put it DownI was enthralled by this book I m used to suspecting what s going to happen within the first few chapters and almost always being right This one had me on the edge of my seat to the very end desperate to figure out what was going to happen Highly recommend to lovers of crime novels flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Andrea Nourse rated it really liked it This is not my usual genre, but I enjoyed the way the story was woven together from the Ziba s perspective and Raguel s It was refreshing to have a strong, intelligent female lead who was also real and relatable flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Liz Horton rated it really liked it I just finished watching Killing Eve and was in the mood for another story about a serial killer and this fit the bill Compelling story, and although there were some head scratching plot holes, it was very enjoyable A good pick from the First Reads January selection flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Breia rated it liked it 3.5 stars I really liked parts of in and a profiler is always interesting Sometimes this just feel flat though flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Kristin rated it it was amazing Beware the bible quoting man with a knife Zeba Mackenzie, a profiler who had taken the FBI course in serial murder , adding to her impressive resume, had been called back to Scotland Yard to lend her skills on a series of brutal murders done by a man the papers had deemed the Lancaster Lacerator His modus operandi was particularly gruesome, involving a ritual of seven slashes to the throat, stabbing through the eyes, and brutal removal of male genetilia It happened that Zeba was on a commuter Beware the bible quoting man with a knife Zeba Mackenzie, a profiler who had taken the FBI course in serial murder , adding to her impressive resume, had been called back to Scotland Yard to lend her skills on a series of brutal murders done by a man the papers had deemed the Lancaster Lacerator His modus operandi was particularly gruesome, involving a ritual of seven slashes to the throat, stabbing through the eyes, and brutal removal of male genetilia It happened that Zeba was on a commuter train involved in an horrendous crash all of her training made her valuable in helping with victims who were trapped in the rubble one person in particular pleaded for her help and so she was perceived by the murderer to become his designated protector in his divine mission to rid the world of child molesters The story progressed as Zeba considers the madness of the perpetrator as she perceived his identity flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Brandon Cronk rated it it was ok She really tries to throw you off the scent of who the killer is but other than making you slightly curious it never really sticks The breaks in the chapters were awkward too and made for a strangely paced story It also could have benefited from an editor going through and looking at the spots where words were missing or odd sentences where the phrasing for one sentence was then changed to a different one Sort of like mixing her idioms.The story was interesting though and when the next book r She really tries to throw you off the scent of who the killer is but other than making you slightly curious it never really sticks The breaks in the chapters were awkward too and made for a strangely paced story It also could have benefited from an editor going through and looking at the spots where words were missing or odd sentences where the phrasing for one sentence was then changed to a different one Sort of like mixing her idioms.The story was interesting though and when the next book releases I will likely give it a try to see how things go with that one flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Plot Questions 1 4 Jan 02, 2019 08 25PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Victoria Selman 73 followers 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 Readers Also Enjoyed

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        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.


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    1. Blood for Blood was both a page turner and a disappointment What began as an edge of your seat read quickly deteriorated into a muddled pool of feints and missteps The book starts on a commuter train where Ziba MacKenzie is engaged in people watching It s clear that she is keenly observant as she relates the minute details of her fellow passengers and silently passes judgement on each The reader learns that MacKenzie is a successful independent profiler , in the process of emerging from h [...]


    2. It s rare that a single side character causes me to cut a book rating in half, but here we are One of these days I m going to read a book with a strong, independent female lead 2018 wasn t a good year for me and such a book, but I entered 2019 ever hopeful One might be fooled into thinking that this is one But no What we have instead is a woman still broken from the death of her husband Which is fine Could be great, even It s a great opportunity to show her inner strength as she comes to It s ra [...]


    3. The first book in a new crime series by debut author Victoria Selman Ziba MacKenzie is a profiler, and her latest case involves a serial killer who is back after a long hiatus.A fast paced crime mystery with a strong female lead I usually enjoy books with strong female protagonists, but Ziba was kind of annoying She seemed a bit of a know it all, and the weird phrases she uses threw me off Additionally, I would have liked backstory about Ziba I m guessing that as the series continues, The first [...]


    4. This was my First Read pick for January It s not a book I d recommend, and it s not a series I ll follow Some things that bothered me include Ziba is an annoying character who tries too hard to be a badass She has a habit of calling people ridiculous derogatory names, constantly, such as moon chicken and DI Dipstick She also uses her personal lingo for common things, such as lifer juice instead of coffee And a man s hands are dick grabbers I swear, she never just talks like This was my First R [...]


    5. A proper serial killer thriller with a great main protagonist and a twisty page turner with some great writing Part of my First Monday Crime reading so will review properly at a later date Looking forward to the next in the series


    6. This book was one of the two choices I made for the Kindle First offer for January I ve given up on it at 30%, thoughit s full of military slang and I just got totally cheesed off having to keep looking up what she was on about Especially as Ziba no longer works for the military There s just no need for it and for me it ruined what is in essence an interesting story Such a shame.She uses the word ass a lot as well when it should be arse seeing as we re based in England Sentences like This book w [...]


    7. I found a lot of issues with this book First, it always bothers me when strong female characters aren t written as people In other words, a common trope is to have the female character solo NEWSFLASH women aren t any less powerful when they ask for or accept help Many pages were fluff it seemed like the author was trying to reach a certain number of pages rather than writing to move the plot forward The author also restates things regularly, which is extremely frustrating when you r I found a l [...]


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