Blood Relative: A Novel

Blood Relative A Novel How well do we know our loved ones In the wake of a brutal murder architect Peter Crookham is forced to confront this question launching him on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth When Peter arri

  • Title: Blood Relative: A Novel
  • Author: David Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781454901259
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • How well do we know our loved ones In the wake of a brutal murder, architect Peter Crookham is forced to confront this question, launching him on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth When Peter arrives home late for a dinner engagement with his beautiful wife, Mariana, and his journalist brother, Andy, he encounters a bloodbath Andy has been brutally stabbed to death,How well do we know our loved ones In the wake of a brutal murder, architect Peter Crookham is forced to confront this question, launching him on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth When Peter arrives home late for a dinner engagement with his beautiful wife, Mariana, and his journalist brother, Andy, he encounters a bloodbath Andy has been brutally stabbed to death, and a nearly catatonic Mariana is bathed in his blood Convinced Mariana is incapable of murder, Peter vows to clear her name But when he discovers that Andy had been secretly investigating Mariana s past, Peter can no longer trust his instincts Desperate for answers, he travels to Mariana s childhood home in East Berlin and finds himself caught in a web of intrigue involving the notorious Stasi and a terrible secret that someone will kill for in order to keep hidden This gripping, atmospheric page turner will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

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    1. Gripping thriller set in England and BerlinSet in England and Berlin. Architect, Peter Crookham arrives home to find his young German wife Marianne covered in blood and his brother murdered. Peter’s world is turned upside down as he attempts to prove his wife’s innocence and unveils a past that he knew nothing about.David Thomas’s book is a gripping tale of paranoia, suspicion and the darkest side of the former East GermanyI was drawn to this book by the East Germany and East Berlin story [...]

    2. Definitely the worst book I've read for a while. Usually I say I do not read for escapism, which is broadly speaking the utmost truth, but there are times when I do read for escapism, though it's usual an escape from reading. Crime books, mysteries and thrillers are sort of my version of colouring-in books. They're easy to get through and most of them require little or no brain power whatsoever. This was no exception. It had a standard plot full of clichés and the worst narrator imaginable. Eve [...]

    3. “You’re just too good to be true.”Peter Crookham considers himself Mr. Average. So when Mariana Slavik walks into his life, he can’t believe his luck.Then that night as he heads home from work to meet up with his estranged brother Andy who is paying him a visit, he finds him in a pool of blood with Mariana covered in blood.“How well do you know your wife, Mr. Crookham?”After receiving shocking news that his brother was investigating his wife’s past, Peter begins to search through t [...]

    4. I got this book free from a giveaway (however this is NOT a paid review); it was one of those giveaways where I went "yeah, nottoointerested in this story, but it could be ok, and not many other people have entered". So I entered, and won, so I figured I should read it. Excellent decision. It's a very well written story. Peter Crookham, a wealth architect, returns home one night to find his brother, Andy, dead, and his beautiful, German wife Mariana, covered in his blood, and broken women. Pete [...]

    5. This is a really good and thoroughly intriguing crime thriller that delves behind the wall that once divided Berlin and uses the impacts of that era on its residents as the basis for a gripping read where you don't know who to believe. This is interwoven with the emotional conflict caused by murder of one loved one by another that is well balanced with the brutality of the crime and the motives behind it. I did find Crookham (the elder) a little irksome at times as he swung between his divided l [...]

    6. I wasn’t expecting much from this book as I purchased it in Poundland and the only other time I’ve done this the book was dreadful however I was pleasantly surprised this time. The book suffers from the characters being a bit wooden or cartoonish in their villainy but the story was fairly good and I was not bored at any point. It was perfectly acceptable and while it won’t set the world on fire it did its job.

    7. Peter Crookham is an British architect with a successful business and a beautiful wife. That all changes in a heartbeat when he arrives home one night to find his brother, a journalist, dead on his living room floor and his wife covered in blood. All the evidence points to his wife, something that is hard for him to believe. While his wife gets treated in a psychiatric hospital. Peter begins searching for answers. His efforts to find out why his wife would kill his brother don't go unnoticed, ho [...]

    8. I enjoyed this thriller/ mystery set in England and East Berlin. Peter Crookham arrives home to find his young German wife Marianne covered in blood and his brother Andy stabbed to death on the floor.In the subsequent investigation it seems that Peter's young wife has a past that he knew nothing about. As he delves into Marianne's mysterious beginnings he discovers that events leading up to his brothers death begin with the Stasi in East Berlin.I thought that the premise of the book was interest [...]

    9. Peter Crookham runs a very successful architectural practice with his German-born wife, Mariana. One afternoon he arrives home from work to find Mariana covered in blood--it appears that she has murdered Peter's brother, Andy. Peter and Mariana are taken to the police station, but soon Peter is let go and Mariana is put in a psychiatric hospital, because it seems that she's suffered some type of psychotic breakdown. Peter realizes that if he can uncover the motive behind Andy's death he'll be ab [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book and the idea behind the storyline appealed to me. I was particularly pleased that I got to learn quite a fair amount of history along the way; Thomas researched the subjects thoroughly.I can't put my finger on why but I didn't find I had the irresistible draw pulling me back to reading that I get with other books and there was nothing to set it out as exceptional so I couldn't rate it any higher than I did.** I received this free of charge through First-Reads **

    11. Blood Relative, David Thomas first novel, is a Linwood Barclay, John Rector like suspense drama that asks the reader to remain alert throughout the story. Thomas is the real name of author Tom Cain, and Blood Relative is as far away from The Sam Carver series as can be. The only resemblance between the two author's name, is the sheer talent to draw you inside the fiction. Tom Cain or David Thomas, either one delivers.

    12. having recently been to Berlin and some of the places mentioned, this book became a bit more 3d for me. It was a little slow to start, but I couldn't put it down in the end

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