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Binds That Tie

Binds That Tie

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by Kate Moretti

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Love ties. Murder binds.

Maggie never felt as though she belonged until Chris Stevens showed her what true happiness meant. Ten years into their marriage, miscarriages and infidelities have scarred them both. Despite their perfect-couple image, Maggie can't look at Chris with anything but resentment. When a charismatic stranger offers the opportunity for a little


Love ties. Murder binds.

Maggie never felt as though she belonged until Chris Stevens showed her what true happiness meant. Ten years into their marriage, miscarriages and infidelities have scarred them both. Despite their perfect-couple image, Maggie can't look at Chris with anything but resentment. When a charismatic stranger offers the opportunity for a little harmless flirtation, she jumps into the game.

But charm soon turns to malice, and a deadly split-second decision forces Maggie and Chris onto a dangerous path fraught with secrets, lies, and guilt. With no one else to turn to-no one she dares trust-Maggie will ultimately learn just how binding marital ties can be.

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A married couple covers up a murder, kicking off an engaging, literary suspense novel.When Maggie kills an intruder in the home she shares with her husband, Chris, they face a seemingly untenable dilemma. It's complicated by the fact that she publicly flirted with the murder victim before he began stalking her. Chris, irreparably scarred by events in his past, insists that they can't trust the police and must conceal the body. But detectives zero in on them almost immediately, arriving at their home to question them the very next day. The ensuing investigation will test Maggie and Chris' bonds of love and loyalty more than they could have ever imagined. How far will they go to protect each other when the police narrow their investigation further? Debut author Moretti's prose is taut and elegant, with some passages that are positively lyrical ("[B]efore Maggie, his life had nothing….After, well, after was a love seismograph—sharp, ecstatic peaks and equally deep, despairing valleys, all intermingled with the apathetic flat line of the everyday"). The deft pacing allows time for plot complications to develop while also keeping readers turning pages. The author vividly portrays the sharp sting of infidelity, the abiding ache of infertility and the amorphous discontent of a love past its luster—all while moving the murder investigation swiftly forward. The foreshadowing is so skillful that plot twists feel surprising yet somehow inevitable. Other subtle touches (such as Maggie's cracking the skull of the intruder with a Lenox vase, a wedding present) will further enhance readers' pleasure. The dialogue is natural and authentic, and the story builds steadily to a satisfying, emotionally resonant conclusion.A gripping, psychologically nuanced thriller set along the fault lines of a marriage.

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Binds That Tie 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow to start, but once the story got going it was a twisty tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. It keeps you on your toes with twists and turns. Maggie and Chis and the other characters seemed selfish. I didn't like the ending though as the time period left a lot of Maggies life and what happens in the very end of story kind of leaves you hanging to what happens next. Maybe a new story? That would be OK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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MMFinck More than 1 year ago
Binds That Tie is absolutely a 5 star novel. I don't normally read commercial suspense, but this book has definitely influenced my future To-Read shelf. It was so tense that several times I found my own heart racing. I wanted to poke my head into the book and holler at these characters. As mentioned in another review, the first place Moretti soared was in these incredibly faceted, flawed, conflicted characters. Not to stop there, Moretti went on to spin a story so twisty that I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was going to happen. Every time I thought I was close, there was another hairpin turn. This sensation never ceased, not even on the last page. This was my first Moretti novel, the first of many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two dysfunctional people who take their marriage through hell.keeps you interested to see who will survive in the end
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: Oh Yeah, I definitely enjoyed it, and so will you. I read the book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a fascinating mix of murder mystery and psychological thriller. Moretti goes to great lengths to develop her characters in a way that you understand their motivation and don’t hate them for doing hurtful things. The story has suspense from cover to cover. The pacing is perfect. You don’t reach a point in the book where you want to flip forward to just find out the ending. You keep turning one page at a time to find out what’s next. Moretti creates a unique story and writes it well. It doesn’t get any better than that. Would I recommend it: Yes. I think it would make a great book for fans of just about any genre. There’s romance, crime, internal and external conflict, even questions of morality that would have a book group discussing, “What would I do in that situation?” As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Books. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Binds that Tie has one of the most powerful story lines that I have read in a very long time.   The twists were amazing and so unexpected.   I loved that there were two intertwined stories, the present and the past, and going between these two parts was seamless and flawless.  Kate Moretti is a talented writer.  She pulls the reader in from the beginning and keeps them on the edge of their seat until she is done telling the story.   There were a few slower parts, but these parts just managed to keep me reading even more.    The detail in the writing made the words seem like pictures. I could see the house, the vase that was use to do the killing, and the rest of the story in my head as I read the words.   This is a rare talent and makes the book that much more entertaining.    This is a book that you have to purchase.   Head to your nearest bookstore and get it today!  
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a ride.  Thrillers are often described as plot driven because the plot is the most important part of the story. Character development matters, but not as much as in other genres. Binds That Tie almost felt character driven, yet was still clearly a thriller. The main characters, Chris and Maggie Stevens, along with some of the more important second-tier players, have current problems, past histories, and a few skeletons that have been shoved into the dusty corner of the closet. The characters are complex and their characteristics, especially their past, drives the story more than in the typical thriller. The twists and turns of the story kept me guessing as events start to spiral out of control and just get worse and worse. I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen or what I wanted to happen as I struggled with some questions. When is the right thing wrong, and really, what is the right thing here? **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Binds That Tie Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. This book is ... wow! It was almost impossible to put this book down. The suspense was intense. The storyline powerful. Some of the twists unexpected. The use of flashbacks was smooth, creative and informative. And with an ending that ... Maggie and Chris have been married for some time and have been - unhappily may be too strong a word, but it will work for this - married for the last two years, ever since Maggie caught Chris cheating on her. One night, while out with friends, she meets a guy and they flirt. The next day, he texts her and they begin, what she feels is harmless, flirting for a couple of weeks. At the same time, she comes to the conclusion that she wants to make her marriage work ... and that is where everything goes wrong. While doing the interview with Kate yesterday, she said something that really caught my attention: "With Binds That Tie, I wrote fairly unsympathetic characters." I had actually been wondering about whether that was her intention. You see, there's Maggie and Chris, Miranda and Jake, Logan ... and then several side characters, including two police officers, a judge, people they work with, and a short-stayed cell mate. At first I liked Maggie (sort of) and took issue with what Chris had done to her, which made me not really like him. Then I met Miranda (Maggie's older sister) and Jake. Now, Miranda made a few choices that I did not agree with, but I sympathized with her, especially the one part in the story where Maggie hasn't seen her in awhile and the first thing she does is notice all of Miranda's physical imperfections (this is how my sister is). Jake seems like a likable guy, but you realize in those flashbacks I spoke of earlier that he has his moments of not-niceness. He does seem sincere, though, in wanting to help his old friend and his sister-in-law out of this situation, but here comes another flashback, which leaves you with this bad taste in your mouth, wondering if you can trust him at all. And then there's Logan, the guy that ends up murdered - he seems like an interesting guy, a typical full-of-himself guy you would meet at a bar, but then he turns out to be terrifying. As the story progresses, I end up liking Chris, but being irritated with him for his stupidity, and disliking Maggie more than I disliked any of the other characters. I really like the flow of the story. There are very few slow moments, so you're on the edge of your seat pretty much the whole book, once the that night in their house happens. When the cops knock on the door, you panic with them. It's well done, especially the way she doesn't switch point of view, but switches the narrator's focus to different characters, letting you know who in the chapter title. There is actually so much that I want to say about this book, but I am not the one to go and give too much away, so, go up there to the top, press the little linky thing that takes you to Amazon or B&N or wherever it is that you buy your books from, purchase the book, read it, and then come back to me and we'll talk. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this one down either like the author's first book!
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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Talk about twisted relationships, deceit, betrayal and messed up characters! Binds That Tie by Kate Moretti goes to the top of my list as “Never Saw THAT One Coming!” endings. Complicated lives, broken marriages, broken dreams, living nightmares, it’s all here. A broken heroine who one can feel for, but not necessarily like, has had huge heartbreaks in her past, but she has focused only on what has happened TO HER and selfishly condones her own transgressions until they threaten to topple her already unsteady world. When a spurned fling arrives at Maggie’s house, drunk and menacing, she makes a decision and follows through with dire consequences to the life she doesn’t even want. Steve, Maggie’s husband, is a man with a prison record already, takes the fall for a crime he did not commit, will he go to jail to protect Maggie? Will their tangled web of lies entrap them both? Does Maggie deserve Steve’s sacrifice or has he left himself an out if it looks like he’s going to jail? Right out of the gate, Kate Moretti drops us into a dark world, filled with jagged edges. She has created characters with immense holes in their characters, yet, at times, they actually give you what you want from them. Steve is not an angel, but he seems to have misguided honor and after making some incredibly foolish mistakes, is dealing with the consequences. Maggie is so wrapped up in Maggie, she is extremely difficult to like, her actions (plural) are not justification for her past pain. Jake, while an amazing attorney who steps up when needed, has a past with Maggie that flames to life, temporarily. Did I mention he is married to Maggie’s sister? Hats off to Kate Moretti for making me cringe, shake my head in disbelief and be unsure of who to root for! I could NOT put Binds that Tie down, I was in such a twist emotionally over how I wanted this to end. The reader must decide if justice is served or if a reckoning is coming. A real nail biter, head banger and shocker all around!