Closer Than Blood

Closer Than Blood

by Gregg Olsen
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Closer Than Blood 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 312 reviews.
TeamBella More than 1 year ago
Laughed out loud at some of the pop culture references used throughout this thriller. Love how the author weaves together the lives of fictional characters and the real world! Would definitely recommend this to a friend.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Beauty can mask evil with neither naturing nor nurturing matter when a person turns to the dark side. The perfect example is mirror twins Lainie and Tori. They were treated the same way by their parents but everyone who knew them realized Tori was a bad seed. Fifteen years ago the twins were driving on a rocky road in Kitsap County, Washington where teens raced for thrills; only one of the teens felt remorse for the death of their friend Jason. Tori went to a juvenile facility and was released when she turned eighteen. She disappeared only to surface at her high school reunion. Her husband Alex Connelly was murdered and she was shot in the back. Toni made it to her neighbor's home. She calls her sis Lainie O'Neal asking her to come to Tacoma because the police suspect she killed her husband. The cops arrest Darius, a neighbor and an ex-lover as there is overwhelming evidence he was in her sister's home. County Sheriff's Detective Kendal Stark does not believe Darius is the killer just like she never accepted the story of Jason's demise years ago. She works the cases from fifteen years ago and today hoping to find the truth behind both deaths. Ironically from the onset, the audience knows who the killer and how that person used sex to control many people. In spite of this advanced knowledge, Closer Than Blood is an exciting tale as Gregg Olsen still provides surprising twists and suspenseful spins. Readers will enjoy this drama as identifying the killer does not mean preventing the killings as Mr. Olsen keeps the reader hooked wondering if the culprit be stopped or at least exposed. Harriet Klausner
CharPar More than 1 year ago
Closer Than Blood is an excellent read. Gregg Olsen's plot and characters are truly well thought out and believable. You see the characters as human, real people. The good guys aren't perfect nor are the bad guys totally bad. (Well one of them is but you will have to read the book to find out.) I have read other authors who write there protagonists as if they were God, Not here. What you see is what you get. Believable. Gregg takes you into a world few of us know anything about, the life of twins and the bond they share which is more than that of mere siblings. The same yet different, each with their own life; one a hard working reporter, the other a Femme Fatale who uses her looks to control others and get what she wants. Though alike on the inside none of us are the exact same, twins or not. For those of you who have read Victim Six I have good news, Kendall Stark is back with a secret of her own. For those of you who have not read Victim Six I highly recommend it though you do not need to read that before Closer Than Blood to know what is going on. Kendall is one heck of a detective with intuition and determination to get the job done. The Plot: Come on it's a murder, time to catch the bad guy, just watch out for the monkey wrench in the works.
RainmanRD More than 1 year ago
Finished CTB this morning after two long sittings. I loved it! Knew that I was screwed after reading the prologue. Wow, great book! At first I was slightly peeved by the way I was manipulated to turn the page... after page. I dismissed my attitude after realizing that it couldn't have been told any other way. It was a beautiful disaster. It felt like I'd been dropped in the middle of a very-twisted real life reality show wearing a straight jacket. All I could do was roll with it. Now that I'm in the digestion period, I can't stop visualizing the scenes, locations and actors for possible movie. I fell in love with Tori. What's that saying about me? Probably a question for my therapist, huh? (rhetorical) Obviously you've never seen one. haha Please don't sell the movie right to anyone that can't deliver Sienna Miller (i'm a sucker for a hottie with a sweaty upper lip) as Tori, though it might be tough convincing people she's from Port O.
Jellybean52 More than 1 year ago
I took this book on my Spring Break vacation last month and ended up finishing it after my first day. The twists and turns kept my pages turning! I'll definitely be adding this author to my summer reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and read it in three days. Good plot. Believable characters. No spoilers please like I've seen in other reviews.
Rainers4Life More than 1 year ago
I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington so the local setting really caught my eye. Although it's not a true story, it was cool to see how accurately he describes places I know really well. And the story was cool too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to Victim Six. Not as graphic but just as thrilling. I recommend it highly for those who like a fast-paced mystery.
Binker More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. My first experience with this author. I will read more from him. Only critique would be that he does not take the time to describe his charecters.....what they look like, what they are wearing and what they are eating. For me, these descriptions define the charecters and allows me, the reader, to form a mental picture of them as they were meant by the writer. Personal foible, so no worries. Worth the price of admission.
kychiefs More than 1 year ago
Good little who dunnit! Looking forward to reading more of his books!
KimyOR More than 1 year ago
I can't how much I respect this Author - For his writing, which stands alone - but also for how he interacts with his readers. I have not read a fiction book in years. I love True Crime/Stories - But Victim Six and Closer than Blood brought me back in. He is an incredible Author and does his homework, whether it is Fiction or Non-Fiction. I HIGHLY recommend Gregg Olsen and ALL his books - having met him in person and his writing, you will not be disappointed!
javadear More than 1 year ago
Disjointed presentation, predictable plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish people stop ruining it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Thankfully i read it before harriet klausner ruined it with her cliff note book report revealing every detail of the book. This is one poster that definately needs to be banned from posting as she ruins every book she supposedly reviews. Come on, bn. Do something to this poster and other plot spoilers like her. Ppl are sick of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. The idea of the story was interesting but the actual reading became tedious. I get the jumping between past and present - that was ok. None of the characters were likable. There were several instances of the wrong character name being used (Tori talking but it should have been Lanie). If Closer than Blood had been the first Gregg Olsen book to read, I wouldn't read another. It actually seems like a novice tried to write this story. --K--
SarahLauren More than 1 year ago
Gregg Olsen is fantastic. This is the first book I have read by him and I really enjoyed it! Nothing was too far-fetched and the twist at the end was enjoyable! I will certainly be reading more by him in the near future!
MiddleIslandEd More than 1 year ago
This book could have been a lot better. For the first few chapters, I found the writing pretty simplistic. I almost stopped reading, but continued on and then in the middle of the book, it caught my interest enough to keep me going anyway. And there were several instances of inconsistencies. There were several times where I was reading things that were contradictory to what I had read in earlier pages; as if the author had forgotten what he wrote in those earlier chapters.
usmc_brat More than 1 year ago
While looking for a new author, I picked Gregg Olsen after reading through Brian Freeman's books. Olsen spins a good tale, and the suspense holds your attention through the whole book. Good characters, excellent discriptions of the town and it's residents. I am currently reading Victim Six.
Lucidreader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Closer than Blood quite a bit. It has good and very likeable characters. Except of course the bad guys. The novel gives a new meaning to the credence "evil twin." I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
I really loved the book. Soon as I started reading it everything was forgotten,I couldn`t tear myself from it. Would have let the dog and cat feed themselves if they would have
Pamela Meador More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Lots of twists and turns and the ending was a shocker.
kayek1 10 months ago
Gregg Olsen always delivers. This is the second in his Stark and Waterman series. Nothing is truly what it seems, Kendall is on a committee planning her class reunion, while she also has work and family to keep up with. Secrets from the past keep rearing their ugly heads. I had trouble putting this down. Olsen's characters are realistic and the plot is realistic. I would recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers that will keep you awake at night.
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