Since I had read Jordyn's first book of this trilogy, Proof, I had to read the second book, Poison. I was not disappointed. Scary, chilling and absolutely twisted, Poison, kept me spellbound from the first page to the last.
Jordyn's style of writing draws the reader into the story with her strong characters. Her medical knowledge comes through in a way that is easy to understand for any layperson reading her work. She doesn't use terminology without a quick definition that helps the reader to understand what is taking place.
The main characters in this second book are primarily Keelyn, Lee, Nathan and Keeyln's sister, Raven. Though each one of these people are strong, they all have secrets that can and do cause harm. Some of this harm may have a deadly effect.
Woven throughout the storyline, Jordyn weaves a thread of hope. Keelyn, Lee and Nathan have a personal relationship with Jesus. Through the various circumstances and trials, they all find their faith tested.
This is not a stand-alone novel. I highly recommend reading Proof before delving into this spine-chilling second book. Proof lays the foundation that Jordyn uses to build on to bring us Poison.
I do highly recommend this book if you enjoy a good thriller. I don't know that they get any better than this one. I do know I am avidly awaiting for the third book of this Bloodline Trilogy.
Kregel Publications provided me with a free review copy in order to write this review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Poison is an apt name for this book as poison is a factor throughout the book both spiritually and physically. How do we fight against a poisoned soul? Is it a mental issue or a spiritual one?
Why do some people rise above tragedy while others succumb to their baser natures when facing the same tragedy? Is it genetic? Is it upbringing? Or is it faith in something beyond ourselves? Poison is a look at just such a circumstance, when the past decides to visit Keelyn Blake and she has to relive events from seven years ago that forever changed her family.
When a figment named Lucent convinced John Samuals to take his family hostage and to start killing them, Keelyn lost her mother and two siblings. But she also lost her other three siblings that day to foster care. The trauma of that day changed her sister Raven. Two years had passed since Keelyn had last seen Raven when Lucent comes face-to-face with Keelyn and threatens what little family she has left.
As Keelyn, her fiance Lee Watson, and Detective Nathan Long try to figure out what Lucent wants with Keelyn and Raven's young daughter Sophie, people who had been involved in the hostage situation begin dying from unusual symptoms. Who is poisoning the very people who tried to save them seven years ago and what are they using to do it?
They say love is blind and in Poison it certainly is as those closest to their hearts manipulate and lie almost to the point of no return. When secrets begin endangering lives can Lee and Keelyn determine the truth or will they too fall to the revenge that has poisoned an already troubled mind?
Poison will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end trying to determine who the guilty party truly is. The lines between victim and perpetrator become blurred in the pursuit of revenge and self prescribed justice. Don't miss out on this exciting can't put down book. If you love suspense you won't disappointed!
I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review of this book.
Poison - book 2 of the Bloodline Trilogy - gets right in to the action and doesn't stop! With a few twists on the way, you'll enjoy the ride! I definitely would suggest starting with the first book of the series, Proof. That may be obvious since it was written as a trilogy, however I don't want anyone to miss the full story! Now I am looking forward to Peril, the finale of the Bloodline Trilogy.
In Poison, Keelyn is engaged and trying to move on from the horrible event of her past. However, her stepfather's "hallucination" called Lucent shows up in the flesh! Now Keelyn is responsible for her niece and has no idea where her sister Raven is, while people keep dying who were associated with that fateful day. Also Lee, her finance, seems to be keeping secrets.
The author Jordyn Redwood has "specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades". I thought that was an interesting piece of information given about the author, because if they've experience something, maybe they'll bring the readers into the situation clearer or from an unique angle. Her story and action was great but I didn't seem to "know" the characters_until towards the end, which is actually when secrets got told and hard choices where made_ it could have been done on purpose. If so, that was an interesting way to write a story! But I still would like to know the characters and care about them and feel their emotions through the book.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is the second on the Bloodline Trilogy. If you haven't read Proof, you should do so before reading this novel as most of the plot line results from action in Proof.
It is five years after the horrible murder scene where SWAT team member Lee Watson rescued Keelyn Samuels and her sister Raven. Their father had murdered all the other members of the family, claiming to be influenced by Lucent.
Lee and Keelyn had bumped into each other two years later and developed a relationship. Keelyn and her sister are now estranged.
Keelyn is at a diner waiting for Lee when a man sits down next to her. He claims to be Lucent. But that can't be. The FBI had concluded Lucent was just a hallucination, not an actual human being. He has a message for Keelyn. Raven's child is in danger and needs Keelyn. Keelyn is shocked. She didn't even know Raven had a child.
And then, one by one, the officials involved in that rescue five years ago start dying.
This is another great novel in this series. Again, you'll want to have read the first in the series as so much of the action, the relationships, and the suspense arises out of events in the first book.
I learned about a new type of social science. Keelyn's expertise is in interpreting body language, a relatively new art although scientifically based. Often companies hired her to sit in contract negotiations. She would view interrogations, detecting telltale signs of the individual's truthfulness. It was great to read about how she interprets bodily actions. (Now I know why I like to keep my feet under the table when in a group setting.)
There is plenty of action in this novel, including a suspenseful ending. The plot is quite involved. Desires for revenge can be long lasting and intense. We see that in this plot. An event from decades ago is the origin of this novel's murderous content.
One aspect of police procedure I like is when the authorities are smarter than I am. In this novel, I knew who the bad person was going to be early on. I was disappointed that the police and FBI didn't get on the character's case earlier.
Nonetheless, this is a good novel. The ending seems to wrap up the story so it will be interesting to see what will come in the third book of the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Oh my gosh! This book is something else! This is book 2 in the Bloodline Trilogy is a fantastic read. Suspenseful, terrifying, chilling. As my readers know, I love a book that keeps me guessing till the end and this one does! Five years ago Keelyn Blake's stepfather, a man who was being told what to do by Lucent, a creature invisible to everyone else, had taken her family hostage. Some of the family survived the ordeal while others didn't. Her stepfather had claimed Lucent made him do the horrific things he did.
Suddenly Lucent returns and he is isn't the product of someone's imagination. He has kidnapped Keelyn's stepsister and neice. As Keelyn tries to find him those that were involved in the standoff years ago began to die mysteriously.
Redwood writes a great novel, she brings characters to life and places you right there with them. I'm looking forward to the next book! 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.