Deadly Ties

Deadly Ties

by Maggie Thom
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Deadly Ties by Maggie Thom

She went to jail for the right reason but the wrong murder.

With her mom in a coma, Kyara is determined to discover who is behind the brutal attack. Does her grandmother’s recent release from jail have anything to do with it? The police believe that some meth addicted youth are responsible but what Kyara uncovers is shocking. Is anyone telling the truth? Even Ryan who she thought might be able to help her is harnessing his own dark secret. Is he truly trying to help her or does he have his own agenda?

The golf course wasn’t built because the sport was gaining in popularity but to hide a deadly secret. Those responsible are determined to keep it buried and those who know anything are being silenced. Kyara finds herself trying to catch an old woman, stay ahead of those trying to kill her and unveil the truth. But can she do it before a town pays the ultimate price?

"The plot was intricate and it made me want to finish it quickly so I could discover all the mysteries..."
C H-Jackson

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152976328
Publisher: Maggie Thom
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 964,241
File size: 949 KB

About the Author

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full-time, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. Her third novel, Deceitful Truths, was published 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine

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Deadly Ties 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Humber More than 1 year ago
The Author did a fantastic job of keeping the suspense prominent throughout the whole book. As Kyara attempts to determine who was responsible for her Mom's attack....the plot, the secrets, and the characters throughout will leave much to the imagination. You'll want to keep reading. It's not a predictable thriller. The story will keep you guessing. Loved this book!
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“A Deep Mystery With Hidden Treachery And Suspense.” After nearly two decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, Getty is now out and wants revenge. She doesn’t pretend her confinement wasn’t deserved. She was just convicted for the wrong murder. And those who framed her were going to pay. With her daughter assaulted and in the hospital, she can only count on her granddaughter, Kyara. And Kyara isn’t sure whom she can trust, as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the golf course in Jaspertown. There are hidden secrets, and covered up crimes that someone wants buried for good, even if it means more deaths. I’ve been a fan of this author from her debut suspense novel, and have eagerly followed her writing as each new book was released. She is a masterful storyteller, who weaves an intricate plot with many twists, and even the reader is never sure what is truly going on, and who did it until the story comes to a climatic end. I don’t know if I imagined it, or if the language was more mature in this new novel. But don’t get me wrong the profanity isn’t thick, but rather sprinkled lightly. The suspense does overflow on every page, however, and that makes for good reading. In fact, Maggie Thom is one of the best suspense writers in today’s fiction. Highly recommended.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Deadly Ties was a mystery/suspense for the ages, literally. It involves three generations of women in one family and how they have been affected by secrets and lies that all come to a head after the eldest woman gets out of prison. Those secrets involve murder, rape, and a golf course that’s at the center of it all. At first, none of it makes a lot of sense because it’s impossible to figure out where the story is going but that’s the point. Misdirection is the key to a good mystery. The fact that there is a large cast of characters makes it even more of a challenge to keep up with everything. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, I just had no clue who did what until it was all spelled out. Maggie Thom does an excellent job of creating some truly shady characters. The Jesperson family that runs this small town of Camden is despicable. They are driven by greed and power. They don’t hesitate to kill and do it without remorse to hold onto to their status. Once someone threatens to reveal their most guarded secret, all hell breaks loose. The worse thing is that they are under siege by a grandmother of all people. The thought of an elderly woman seeking revenge is laughable until you actually watch it all play out. How could you not root for Grandma? There are so many details that I would love to share but it would ruin the mystery. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
BambiZQ More than 1 year ago
“A Story Embroiled in a Heated Deathly Cover Up” Deadly Ties by Maggie Thom immediately drags the reader into this convoluted story that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Thom does an excellent job in getting you to immediately relate and believe in each of the characters. You either empathize with them or despise them and all their character flaws. Filled with suspense and romance this story will grab your attention as you learn about all the secrets, lies, backstabbing, and hints at true love. Kyara, the main character is brave yet vulnerable as she sets out to reveal exactly why her family is embroiled in a heated deathly cover up that spans years and under the nose of a whole town ruled by a filthy rich family the Jesperson’s. She finds an unlikely friend in Ryan, who is also caught up in all the deceit. Kyara, although unwilling to trust anyone uses her handsome new friend to try to discern facts from lies. Ryan himself was unwittingly dragged into managing the golf course for his wayward, filthy rich high school buddy, Jaspar Jesperson. Another key figure in the story is Kyara’s grandmother Getty, who is a newly released convict serving time for a murder she didn’t commit. You almost want to see succeed in her plot against her nemesis, the matriarch of the Jesperson family. Kyara harbors deep resentment against her grandmother for what she put her through and what she feels she did to her mother and entire family since Getty never did reveal the truth about her innocence. Being the granddaughter of an infamous killer makes Kyara believe that her grandmother is the force behind all the evil that is attacking the town. Little does she know that soon her sleuthing will uncover years of PCB poisoning at the hands of the Jesperson’s.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by author Maggie Thom that I have read, and I am so glad I did! This story has a great plot and the author’s way of writing keeps the suspense coming page after page. This was a book that I finished in 2 days because I simply couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to spoil the book by telling you about it, since this is a book that I totally think you should read. If you like suspense, thrillers, mysteries or just a great read then this is the book for you! Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed!
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Maggie Thom captured the environmentalist in me along with the closet romantic as she wove the story in Deadly Ties. Having grown up in New York State, ground contamination is always in my mind. PCB issues closed the State Office Building in Binghamton for years. The environment will also be a mystery but the man-made items we bring into it need to be more closely watched. Kyara has so much going on in this book. Her character is unbelievable complicated. As her mother is in a coma in the hospital, she realizes her childhood was not really what she thought it was. She has to work through this childhood thoughts as she is also busy trying to find out what really happened to her mother and if her just recently released from prison grandmother had anything to do with it. Writing this review is difficult as I want you to be sitting on your seat as I was while reading it. I don't want to accidentally give away any of the great twists and turns. I could not put the book down as I wanted to know what was coming next. I am sure you will feel the same once you pick up a copy of Deadly Ties. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
CMP61 More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries and this one fit the bill. I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were interesting, the plot had a few twist and the ending was perfect. I enjoyed that there was an environmental twist and coverup. The main character, Kyara, really doesn’t want to be back in her home town, but returns because someone attacked her mom. She realizes that there is something fishy in the town and she works to uncover the dark secret. This books is well worth the read!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I struggled with this book. I’m not going to lie. I found it confusing and hard to get into initially but was told to push through because it got better and well, they were right. I kept reading and I’m glad I did because this book is full of mysteries and secrets (not to mention two faced, backstabbing, conniving weasels!) If you think your own family is bad, read this book. Everyone has a secret, a past, or some other hidden something going on. It is definitely a story that once you get into it and get more ‘secrets’ you really can’t stop reading it because you want to solve the problem as much as Kyara does – and there is no shortage of mystery.
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own. “She'd gone to jail for the right reason but the wrong murder and now it was time for someone to pay.” Deadly ties is my first encounter with Maggie Thom and after reading the synopsis for this book, I knew I was going to get sucked into a good suspense thriller. And I wasn’t wrong. Getty has spent the last 20 years behind bars and now she is out she wants nothing more than to seek revenge, and when her granddaughter Kyara discovers her mother has been attacked in her home she can't help but wonder if Getty is somehow involved now she is out. This is a fast paced book that filled with secrets and lies spanning 30-odd years centering around a gold course, it features a multitude of characters - which sometimes made it a little confusing when chapter changes. It was a great read, and will definitely be checking out Thom’s other works.
JessicaCali More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by this author that I have read before and I am absolutely hooked. I love how the suspense flows from page to page, chapter to chapter in this book. This author did a spectacular job of creating some super shady characters in this book! Greed and power drive them, and that makes them all the better, with this plot story!
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Kyara's grandmother has recently been released from prison and Kyara goes home to visit her mom to make sure she is okay. Upon her arrival she finds that her mother has been attacked in her home, by what police categorize to be a random attack related to drugs. Family ties run deep in this small town, which is built on secrets and the truth is buried out there and there are many people trying to uncover it, while one family is killing to keep it hidden. Kayara is sent on the path to find the truth and why suspicious events that seem unrelated have all begun upon her grandmother's release. With every bit of information that she learns, the puzzle seems more difficult to solve. Will Kayara and some old friends that she has met along the way solve the whole drama before This novel is a true suspenseful adventure that had me at the edge of my sit. I didn't want the story to end, but I had to know what the whole story to this town's secrets. Two thumbs up for Maggie Thom. *I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes; all opinions expressed are my own*
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
There is nothing more that I love than a good book that intrigues me, offers twists and turns and a bit of vengeful, underhanded mess to relax with - this was a nice choice to do just that for a long weekend. I love how this story takes place with three generations and that each has their own role in how everything plays out. The mystery behind all of the crimes connected to the golf course is an extremely believable story line for any small town. The families involved, the greed,'s all in our own towns if we're willing to open our eyes and ears enough. At the center of it all is the oldest of the three women - Getty. She tries to protect her daughter and relies on the aid of her granddaughter but Kyara isn't sure she can trust anyone. With a little romance sprinkled in, Maggie Thom does a wonderful job pulling everything into perspective. I couldn't stop turning pages until I learned all of the crazy secrets! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This book starts fast and gets even faster as you go along! Who attacked Kyara's Mom and put her in a coma---and why? This mystery is set up with a very important environmental question----one we should all be aware of--what happened to all those PCB's that were dumped before strict regulations were in place. PCB's do not degrade and they do cause cancer. If those PCB's leech into the water-------. What would unscrupulous companies do to hide this? Kyara enlists the help of Ryan who is also looking to figure out something for himself. Kyara is still hoping to find out who her biological father is and Kyara's grandmother, who she once loved and adored has just been released from prison----- How this all ends--well I didn't guess the ending!! So much going on--you just have to read this one.
Liz_Gavin More than 1 year ago
Edge-of-the-seat kind of thriller Deadly Ties is not the first book I read by Maggie Thom so I knew she’s an award winner for good reasons and she does not disappoint with this one. Although I can’t say much about the story to avoid spoiling it, I can safely say that you’re in for a great ride. Deadly Ties has all the best elements of a thriller: suspicion, betrayal, false accusations, vengeance, secrets, and murder. Not to mention shady characters to spare. You will never know who might surprise you next. It is that good. One more positive, in my opinion, is the puzzle-like quality of the plot. Maggie builds up the story through the interactions of its many characters. At the same time, the author doesn’t make it as if the characters are lecturing to the reader but rather like the reader is eavesdropping on their conversations. All the information you need is provided; only the writer scatters if throughout the book and concentrates the resolutions towards the end, as a good mystery requires. Also, the use of third person POV is crucial to the way this story is written; however, there’s no head-hopping as we get to know a little bit more of each character’s psyche when we get inside their heads. Good job, Maggie!! I highly recommend this book but start reading it when you have some time to spare because it’ll be impossible to put it down.