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#Blog Tour #Book Review of Blood Ties(Gallowburn Series 3) by Heather Atkinson @rararesources @Boldwood Books

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Blood Ties, the third instalment in Heather Atkinson’s Gallowburn series.

Blood Ties

The Queen of Glasgow, Toni McVay, is no ordinary crime boss.

For one thing, she likes to discipline disappointing employees by scooping out their eyeballs and keeping them as souvenirs. Jamie Gray and his gang the Blood Brothers are happy to do her dirty work in return for lessons in the ways of the local underworld, but are in no doubt that they need to keep Toni sweet to keep themselves safe.

Rival families The Gordons and The Thompsons are ready for a turf war, keen to take over the lucrative Gallowburn estate, and weaken Toni’s grip on the city. But can the old enemies really trust each other enough to join forces? And will their assumption that the Blood Brothers are the weak link in the McVay empire, prove to be their greatest mistake?

Meanwhile Jamie’s past refuses to stay hidden, and as his biggest secret looks set to be revealed with explosive consequences, Jamie faces the battle of his life. To keep his family safe, to keep his friends safe, to keep himself safe, and to keep the woman he loves alive.  

If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Heather Atkinson. Discover the bestselling gangland author Heather Atkinson and you’ll never look back… 

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My thoughts:

Heather Atkinson is the author of numerous books in the crime fiction genre, but I only discovered this talented writer last year when I read Blood Brothers, the first book in her Gallowburn series. In this book we go introduced to the fictional Gallowburn Estate in Glasgow and four friends who were born and bred in this poverty-stricken community. For Jamie Gray and his Blood Brothers Gary, Digger, and Logan loyalty and family are everything. This action-packed gangland thriller also had unexpected romance, but more about it later. The second book in the series introduced us to new fascinating characters, including fearless Reverend Valerie and Toni McVay, a powerful crime boss. Heather Atkinson’s newest thriller Blood Ties is the third instalment, in which Jamie and his friends deal with new threats coming from a new pretender, as well as Jamie’s formidable enemy from the past.

If you are a fan of the genre (which isn’t admittedly everyone’s cup of tea) and would like to read the series, it is better to start from the first book and see the development of relationships, including Jamie’s whirlwind romance with feisty Allegra Abernathy, which is crucial for understanding the events in Blood Ties. The plot is as fast-paced and gritty as in the first two instalments, and, of course, there are plenty of twists to keep the readers turn pages. The characters are still as colourful as ever (my heart belongs to Jamie’s mother Jackie who will not hesitate to get out her weapon of choice- a frying pan- and go into a street fight to get justice for her kids).
Heather Atkinson’s fans will be happy to read this new addition to the series and find out what life has in store for the Blood Brothers and their families.

Thank you to NetGalley, Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio –

Heather Atkinson is the author of over fifty books – predominantly in the crime fiction genre. Although Lancashire born and bred she now lives with her family, including twin teenage daughters, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

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