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Poison: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy) Paperback – January 23, 2013
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Library Journal: STARRED Review. "Verdict: As intricately plotted and compelling as the first book in the trilogy (Proof), this psychological thriller will keep readers perched on the edge of their seats. A must read for fans of Lis Wiehl and Frank Peretti. Jordyn Redwood's Poison is a terrifying journey of darkness, possession, and survival."
"Fabulously written medical thriller by a talented author who obviously knows intricately the world she's writing about. With explosive twists and unexpected turns, it's an excellent follow-up to Proof, from the Bloodline Trilogy. Highly recommended. I may need a sedative to keep me sane while anxiously awaiting book three." Cheryl Wyatt, award-winning author of medical an military romance.
"Intense and gripping. From the first swallow, Poison's potent brew of medical, police, and psychological thrills won't leave your system. The only antidote is to finish the book-- which you'll do in record time." Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of With Every Letter.
"Jordyn Redwood has done it again-- crafted a medical thriller that grabs the reader with the first page and doesn't let go until the pulse-racing conclusion" Richard L. Mabry, MD, award-winning author of the Prescription for Trouble series and Stress Test.
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"Jordyn Redwood's Poison delivers compelling characters, intrigue, chills, dizzying twists that leave the reader gasping-- then offers a perfect antidote: hope." Candace Calvert, best-selling author of Code Triage and Trauma Plan.
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This story focuses on Keelyn, Lee and Raven. Each of these adults have experienced heartache. They have things in their lives that are deeply hidden, and they desire to keep them that way. Keelyn and Lee are engaged, but they have both held back information. Raven believes no one in the world cares about her. She just might be about to get revenge on all those who have hurt her. Who can be trusted? And why is someone trying to kill Keelyn? What is causing the unimaginable physical pain some people are suffering from? Hopefully the doctor can find a cure fast!
Poison is an easy reading book that is clean and easy to understand. It is also very entertaining, and will keep you guessing throughout the story. It is well written and filled with drama.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
If you've selected a copy of Jordyn Redwood's latest medical thriller, thinking you're in for a suspenseful treat, you need to rethink that. No, you, my dear reading friend...you are in for much, much more.
"Poison" is a nail-biting, grip-the-pages-so-hard-your-fingers-ache thrill ride that will take you places you never see coming, introduce you to characters that refuse to pack up and go home once the story ends, and will have you longing for the third (and unfortunately final) book in this stellar trilogy.
The second novel in Jordyn's debut series kicks off five years after the events of "Proof, Jordyn's debut novel. You don't necessarily have to read it first to understand "Poison", but I recommend you read it during your lifetime.
Keelyn was one of the few survivors of that tragic day on her step-father's property. Tormented by a personality called Lucent, he did the unspeakable. Even the law enforcement officers on site were shaken by the events that unfolded.
Flash forward five years, and now Keelyn has built a relationship with a young FBI agent and leader of the SWAT team that rescued her and a younger sister. Lee Watson only wants to love and protect her...so why is that suddenly so complicated?
Fans of Jordyn's novels will be delighted to see Dr. Lilly and her rescuer, Detective Nathan Long back in this one. New characters to love abound...Sophia is adorable (when she's not sick and screaming at the top of her lungs), and those knitting ladies are a hoot!
Even some background characters are memorable, like Lee's Confidential Informant...well, he's not LEE'S, but he could be...anyway, he's cool. Jordyn creates memorable people who move in and make themselves at home in your imagination.
It's just, you see...not all of them are people you want hanging around for long. But I can't really divulge who those might be. You'll have to read for yourself to find out who's who. And the outcome is a doozie!
Be warned, oh late-night-reader: the curves are steep, the turns are hairpin and the emotion is palpable. "Poison" is oh, so good! In fact, I believe in Jordyn's work so much I went out and bought my own copy! (Been promised a freebie, so keep watching for a rare giveaway opportunity).
Jordyn Redwood is an author on my top ten list of "Oh, please give me that book!" authors (i.e., must read), and "Poison" is highly recommended. Don't forget about "Proof", the first novel in her Bloodline Trilogy...but this one is waaaaayyyyy better...and that's saying something!
I recommend reading Ms. Redwood's first book before tackling this one. As far as plot goes, it can be read on its own, but the secondary characters here are the protagonists of PROOF, and it appears that Nathan's character arc will span all three books. Plus, if you're meeting all of this large cast for the first time, keeping track of everybody will be a challenge.
There's a lot going on in this book. Almost too much at times. The plot could be a fast-paced, multi-parted CSI episode, except it's more intricate than most TV shows. Attention has to be paid to every detail, because everything shows up again eventually.
As for the writing style, it's quite clinical for fiction. This makes sense, given the author's day job as a nurse. I enjoy her stories enough not to let this bother me much, and this book seems to read better than her first. Hopefully, the more fiction Ms. Redwood writes, the more natural her author voice (both dialogue and narration) will become and the more deeply she'll delve into character point of view.
Speaking of the author's day job, this book offers lots of excellent medical detail for readers like me (who own a Merck manual and a Red Cross first-aid-for-laypeople manual for no reason other than it's fascinating stuff). Keelyn's work in nonverbal communication is also intriguing.
As for the characters (a.k.a. Why I Read). I liked Lilly and Nathan from the first book, but I felt that the plot drove them, rather than vice versa. Keelyn and Lee, however, seem to drive their plot. There were a few secrets/decisions with downright murky motivation (at least one moment left me thinking, wait a minute, THAT'S why? What about ...?). On the whole, though, I liked reading about these two, especially Lee. His character is quite different from Nathan (and the conflict between them is good stuff). It's great to see an author who isn't cutting all her male heroes from the same cloth. For example, Keelyn's asking Lilly if Nathan has ever kept secrets or deceived her, and Lilly's response that (unlike Lee) Nathan is too honest for his own good. Realistic, revealing conversation. Loved it. And I want to know about Lee's spider phobia backstory, dang it. I waited the whole book to find out, and ... no reveal. I hope it's part of the third book.
Actually, there's a lot I want to see in the third book. Raven's arc isn't finished. I still don't know who played whom between the villains. I still don't know who the arsonist is. (Trying to word these things vaguely to preclude spoilers.) And so far, all four of the series protagonists have issues left to work through. Um, quite a few issues.
Which brings me to another thing I like about this series: the unflinching issues. In the first book, we deal with rape and unplanned pregnancy and the nature of truth vs. evidence. In this book, between the main plot's murders, the secondary plot's murders, the backstory murders, and the question of the ethics of hypnosis--we get a quadruple dose of evil.
Forgiveness (of others and oneself) and redemption are ongoing themes in this series, as they are in a lot of Christian fiction, but they're not dealt with here in a quick-fix sort of way. In fact, some of these characters have been with us for two books and still haven't arrived at the ability to forgive or accept redemption. And this isn't but-I-hurt-a-girl-really-badly-in-high-school forgiveness. This is but-I-made-a-tactical-error-and-now-people-are-dead forgiveness. Deep, raw, gritty stuff. It's going to take God's grace for these characters to get the healing they need, and I'm trusting that the final book will pull this off in a way that is realistic and honest.
Ms. Redwood's work demonstrates how Christian fiction can (and should) shine most brightly. I kind of love it.