Jo McDaniels has an unusual gift, a special tool she uses in her job. Jo is an FBI profiler with the ability to sense what victims felt prior to death; not only their emotions, but their pain as well.
Sheriff Austin Garrett is willing to try anything to catch the vicious serial killer decapitating victims in his jurisdiction. He's never faced such a monster and is happy to accept FBI help, particularly from this beautiful, sassy agent.
Working together, they come closer to the killer with each body - but will the monster change the game and decide Jo would be the ultimate kill?
©2012 Anne Patrick (P)2015 Anne Patrick
This book was difficult to put down. The way in which the killer goes about selecting and killing his victims is both chilling and creepy. The only downside was that I figured out too early in the story who the killer was. The attempt to throw suspicion in a different direction towards the end of the novel came too late and it just didn't convince me. Despite this I enjoyed the serial killer storyline and the whole process the police went through in order to catch him. But, what I liked most was Jo and her story. She is a very interesting and well written character. The fact that she is an FBI profiler is an interesting aspect of her life in itself but she also has a rocky relationship with her family which plays a big part in the story. I loved the fact that she had a psychic connection to the murders and we got to see into the minds of the victims as well as the killer.There is also a little bit of romance involved as Jo and Sheriff Austen become friendly. I liked that it was only a small aspect of the story and not overdone as the writer focused more on the murder mystery plot.
Leonor A Woodworth is very easy to listen to and she does a fantastic job of narrating Ties that Bind. She did a great job of portraying male and female characters and she gets across their emotions very well.
I received a copy from the narrator via audio book blast dot com in exchange for an honest review.
This was really really good, though I did figure out who the bad guy was early on.
Jo McDaniels is an awesome character and one I know I'd love to revisit. She is smart, brave and easily to relate to. She is an FBI Criminal Profiler and very good at what she does. She also has a hidden ability, she can sense what happened with the victims of the crime. This along with her ears of experience, makes her the go to gal for all high profile cases.
Then we have the Sheriff Austin Garrett. He isn't very happy to have the FBI called into his case but is willing to do anything to catch the killer that is decapitating victims.
I have to say that I loved the dynamics between Jo and Austin. It felt real, though a little rushed. It started off slow but got intense towards the end.
The plot was fast paced and gripping. I love a good forensics book, but when you add in Jos ability and a serial killer, then you have the makings of a great book! Thankfully, the author succeeded in making it great. Even though I had an idea of who the bad guy was, there was still enough suspicious people to keep the suspense alive throughout.
In all, a really great listen. With amazing characters and a thrilling plot, this is a must read. I really hope we see these characters again soon.
Leonor A Woodworth did an amazing job with Jo. She captured the fear and terror that she felt through the visions perfectly. She ramped up the tension when needed and really brought the book alive.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
"Romantic suspense at it's best!"
--I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review
Anne Patrick again delivers the perfect amount of suspense and romance in Ties That Bind. From the minute it started til the very end, it will keep you guessing. I love books that contain forensics, and this one was very interesting. The mind of serial killers is always very interesting. The main character, Jo, estranged from her family is called home to work a serial murder case as an FBI profiler. She works with Sheriff Austin Garrett through 6 murders and many dinners. Jo, being a psychic is able to feel the emotions of the murder victims and murderer when touching the bodies, or going to the place where the bodies were found. While listening to this book, there were several characters I thought could have done it, but as soon as I was sure of who it was, my mind was changed! Love these kinds of stories. The romance between Austin and Jo was just enough, keeping you rooting for the couple, but wanting the case to be solved.
Leonor A Woodworth narrates this book. She always delivers a convincing portrayal. The inflection and emotions she conveys makes the narration full of life and always keeps me listening. I love her performances and always look forward to a book when I see she is the narrator.
"SLOW START, BUT GOOD STORY!!!"
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
JO is a profiler for the FBI and gets visions at crime scenes...she is called home investigate a series of womens murders...and things start to hit closer to home than expected....there is a little romance and a lot of action, and all and all it was a great listen!!
"Loved this book"
What a great book! Just when you think you have it figured out, it changes - again. Mystery, excitement, intrigue, Faith, love story and outstanding narration too. I highly recommend this book.
"good read, but trashy language"
I have the audible app for me and my teens to listen to. this language is not appropriate for them.
"Good who done it."
I thought I had it figured out who the killer was but than it all got tossed in the wind. Great book.
I received this free from audio blast dot com for an honest review
I loved it! Could not put it down. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
"Book was amazing but definitely needed a different narrator"
I absolutely love this book and it was a "sit on the edge of your seat" mystery all the way through. The only thing negative thing was listening to the narrators voice. She had a very mousey tone and made the strong masculine Sheriff sound more like a much older man. I wish now I would have just read the book but I don't have time so I listen to audible. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend the audible version but definitely read it if you enjoy sitting down with a fabulous book.
"Emotional Trainwreck Story Meets Monotone Reader"
Neither. Nope. Not ever.
I'll head back to Dee Henderson territory.
Most of them? I'm quitting part way through because the characters annoy me, the romance is so contrived and fake and distracts from the story... which isn't even very interesting.
Ugh. Just ugh. Nothing redeeming in the story line.
"Loved this book! Can't wait to listen to more!"
I have found another favorite author! If you like Christian Suspense, and writers like Terri Blackstock and Lynette Eason, you will like Anne Patrick's books. This book has suspense, drama, Christian values, romance, and unexpected twists. I can't say enough about Ms. Patrick's writing. This is the 3rd audio book that I've listened too and I can't wait to read or listen to the rest! Leonor A Woodworth, who narrated this book, has a perfect voice for this genre. Paired together, these women make an amazing team.
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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