Tensions mount in this sequel to Blood Ties, as Rachel and Theo begin a new investigation into human cloning. But have they taken on more than they can handle?
Rachel and Theo now live thousands of miles apart – Rachel in Scotland, and Theo in America. They keep in touch online, but things just aren't the same. When Rachel discovers that evil scientist Elijah is still working in secret and about to murder Daniel, a human clone they befriended, she sets out to rescue the little boy, but her plans backfire with disastrous consequences. Across the Atlantic, Theo becomes suspicious when Rachel misses their weekly internet chat. He discovers a report online saying she's killed herself but, certain that the story is a cover-up for her kidnap, travels to Scotland to find her. A clue leads Theo to Elijah's mysterious clinic, where the sinister Aphrodite Experiment is underway. But what is Elijah really planning? Why does he need to track Rachel down so badly? And will Rachel and Theo be able to pay the ultimate ransom that he demands?
“McKenzie throws the reader straight into the story, revs up the action and holds that speed throughout the novel.”
“I was completely blown away by Blood Ties so I could not wait to read this one. I literally picked it up as soon as I'd finished the first! I was so taken with Rachel and Theo I had to know what happened next… It's really interesting to be able to get the story from both points of view and to see how [Rachel and Theo] view each other too… I wasn't sure how Sophie McKenzie would be able to come up with a story that would match the excitement levels of Blood Ties but she has managed it. It felt like a progression of the first book - and is a great way to conclude the overall story.”
“I've spent several extremely happy hours this week devouring Sophie's books. This latest conclusion in a two-book series that started with Blood Ties. Oh my word, this shoots to the top of my thriller list… If you haven't read a book by Sophie McKenzie, do so now. They have everything a thriller lover like me adores.”
“In this pair of books [Blood Ties and Blood Ransom] Ms McKenzie had skilfully married thought-provoking contemporary moral themes with the kind of exciting, fast-paced plot that is needed to keep reluctant readers turning the pages. The issue of genetic engineering, and the devotion and extremist actions it can engender in the various concerned parties is well worked into the story, and never feels overtly moralistic, enabling readers to make their own decisions about these issues without ever feeling they have been preached to.”
"Blood Ransom is the thrilling sequel to Blood Ties and, if you enjoyed the first book, you won't be disappointed with this one. It shocks and surprises with each new chapter, a definite must-read for Sophie McKenzie fans, and certainly recommended for those yet to discover these amazing books."
“Sophie McKenzie has a great knack for combining the accessible, pacy thriller with serious contemporary themes and this book illustrates it perfectly. The prose is smart and snappy and the action doesn't let up for a moment. It's a real race of a read.”