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Friday, August 28, 2020

Check It Out: Blood Ties

 





Blood Ties by Peter Taylor-Gooby  
Political Fiction

Ritchie’s life is shadowed by the death of his wife, Cat, in a car accident twenty-two years previously. He was the driver. He loves his children – Nic, who is bi-polar and often impulsive, and Jack. Both are active in the campaign to welcome asylum-seekers and refugees to Britain. His life comes to a crisis as he realises how much his children despise his trade in advertising and how much the loss of Cat still means to them all.

Ritchie abandons his career but achieves new success in driving Britain’s treatment of refugees up the political agenda. This earns him the respect of his children but brings him to the attention of Makepeace, the populist Home Secretary. Nic, his daughter, strives to show she can overcome her disorder. She infiltrates a people-trafficking gang but is arrested as a criminal. Makepeace uses this to blackmail Ritchie to help him in his political schemes. Ritchie is horrified to discover that his task is to sell the reintroduction of forced labour, modern slavery, to the public. As a result he is once again rejected by his children.

Ritchie has reached rock bottom. He is desolate but believes he can outsmart Makepeace. Blood Ties shows how he finally resolves the situation, embraces the causes his children hold dear and reunites his family.



5 out of 5 fairies

Blood Ties is a chilling glimpse into an all too possible future. I think we can all agree that the world is in a state of flux and the political climate is somewhat volatile at the moment. Ritchie kicks off the book drawing you in immediately like you were listening to a story from a friend. Each character has a unique voice and personality, and Taylor-Gooby has done a wonderful job of bringing them to life. I feel like I could bump into any of them at the local coffee shop (if we weren't mid-pandemic). From page one you'll be drawn into a world of political intrigue, human rights, and family bonds that are tested by the circumstances Ritchie is forced into. Cannot recommend this book enough!





Where to buy: Amazon, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads


About the Author: I enjoy talking to my children, holidays, hill-walking and riding my bike. I've worked on adventure playgrounds, as a teacher, as an antique dealer and in a social security office in Newcastle. Before that I spent a year on a Gandhian Ashram in Vijayawada, supporting myself as assistant editor on a local English-language newspaper.

In my day job I’m an academic but I believe that you can only truly understand the issues that matter to people through your feelings, your imagination and your compassion. That's why I write novels.

My first novel, The Baby Auction, 2017, is a love story set in a fantasy world where the only rule is the law of the market. That someone should help another because they care for them simply doesn’t make sense to the citizens of Market World, any more that auctioning babies might to us. My second, Ardent Justice, 2018, is a crime story set in the world of high finance and city fat-cats, where money rules, but greed can trip even the most successful. My third, Blood Ties, 2020, is about the ties of love in a troubled family, and the bonds of debt that chain illegal immigrants to people-traffickers, and how they can be broken through self-sacrifice. I hope you enjoy them.

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