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!!
"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.
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"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.
"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.
"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.
"Psychic FBI Agent"
Ties That Bind begins with FBI agent Jo McDaniels returning to her hometown, Claremont, Oregon to help Sheriff Austin Garrett find the serial killer who has been decapitating women. Jo has never planned on coming back but she know the people and geography of the place. She has a special ability to connect to the victims at their moment of death.
Austin doesn't believed Jo about her ability and tested her. After much apologizing, Jo was able to put Austin's skepticism. As Jo is texted to stress and exhaustion on building the profile, Jo is also forced to face her limitation of having another mental breakdown.
Austin and Jo didn't start off on the right foot. Austin respected Jo as a FBI agent even though he didn't believe about Jo's gift at first. Jo trusted Austin to confide to him about her gift. Both are attracted to each other but tried to remain professional.
As Jo build her profile on the killer, Austin and Jo realized that Jo also fit the victim's profile. The only question is would the killer come after Jo.
Readers/Listeners will love the the twist and turns in this suspense thriller. There are clues where the readers/listeners could figure out who is the killer but they will need to pay close attention to the story. I also love that Jo has close roots of friends in her hometown even though she hasn't kept contact with them.
The narrator, Leonor A. Woodworth deliver a wonderful performance of narrating the story. She provided voices to the characters with emotion when the situation is required. She does have a wonderful voice to listen to.
I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.
I was given a free audio version of this book to write a review.
This story is about an FBI agent that has paranormal abilities which allows her to see and feel what the dead victims felt immediately prior to death.
It is a good story line although it was easy to predict the outcome of the story.
I enjoyed listening to the narrator but only gave the story line 4 stars because of the predictable. I think I would enjoy listening to more from both the author and narrator.
Pretty good story initially but became saturated with religious references later on. Poor reading detracted from the storyline.
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