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Blood Ties was strong, steady, and full of surprises. I especially loved the new characters that were introduced, most particularly, Whitney. I won't give away any details but the story-line involving Jill's Dad really tugged at my heart strings.
The biggest surprise was introduced in Blood Ties but it won't be resolved until the third installment. I not only find this intriguing but very smart on the Author's part.
Now anxiously awaiting the third installment said to be out in June 2016. :)
Jill is a tough detective and vigilante. No nonsense, smart, seriously determined, a great character through and through. As tough as she is, she doesn't negate emotions; and she happens to be asexual, too, which is awesome! Yay representation! Jill is one of those characters who jumps off the page into reality, so relatable you could imagine her spending time in your friend group.
This time, we finally delve into Jill's connection with her Father. Is he innocent... or not? Can she stop him from being executed, and find the real killer in time? And who is this mysterious Order people are suddenly talking about? It's fast paced, suspenseful, with some kick-ass fight scenes and some real life-or-death moments for our favorite characters.
The writing just flows so smoothly. I'd say effortlessly, but it's obviously a great writer behind those words who knows how to make the craft seem easy. The entire novel is paced perfectly to keep you flipping every page, wondering what happens next. I was averaging a chapter between metro stops and didn't want my commute to end.
If you're a fan of mysteries, then you've definitely got a great novel right here to try out. If you loved Bounty, then you definitely need to read this sequel. And if you're missing Castle right now? You know what I'm about to say: read Blood Ties!
My favorite part of this whole mystery, though, has to be the part that Cunegan accomplishes, setting him apart from the "generic crime genre" novelists and putting him solidly alongside the great ones—
Cunegan keeps the focus on relationships. Other authors get carried away with sensational scenarios or making blatant social and political statements with their characters but not him. In fact, (minor spoilers) the investigations are almost sideshows to the vast importance placed on developing Jill as a sympathetic character, and her quest—since she voluntarily takes herself off the investigation because of the resemblance to her father's case—to come to terms with her only remaining family, her father and her brother. Namely, the repercussions for hiding her vigilante identity from everyone for so long—such secrets inevitably come to light, and what if she can't control the circumstances of yet revelation? How will the distance affect them? It's beautiful and I would definitely follow the series clear on through JUST for those touching and beautifully-wrought scenes! Not just Jill, though—the precinct is jam-packed with worthy characters and entertaining relationships! Ramon, Jorge, Juanita, Watson and Blankenship, Captain Richards--the list goes on! The fantastic mystery and investigations that come in each book are icing on the cake that is a SOLID ensemble full of all the heart and driving soul to carry a story through pretty much any mystery arc!
As a sequel, BLOOD TIES accomplished everything a sequel should do, joining the main storyline and building on what the first book introduced, without slacking the pace any. It's a superb consolation for any fan of the show Castle! I am excited to see what is in store for the rest of the series!