One of Sophie’s most acclaimed novels, Blood Ties is a rollercoaster ride of emotion and danger as teenagers Theo and Rachel discover there is more to their identities than they could ever have imagined.
When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister. But when Rachel and Theo are attacked by men from RAGE - the Righteous Army against Genetic Engineering – the pair are rescued by strangers and taken to meet a mysterious figure who leads them to make startling discoveries about their identities; discoveries which will affect their past, present, and future in dramatic and life-altering ways.
If you loved Blood Ties, try the sequel Blood Ransom.
"The plot was genius... Powerful, thought provoking and fast-paced."
“A terrific book which will generate much discussion… an author to look out for.”
“A compelling page-turner.”
“Blood Ties gets my vote for teenage paperback of the year (2008)… its cliffhanger chapter endings will have even the most indisposed reader hooked.”
“The author skilfully keeps you turning the pages and caring about her characters.”
“The two leads take turns narrating chapters, which makes for compelling reading… [A] pacy and gripping thriller.”
“You’ll be clinging to the edge of your seat as you follow the twists and turns.”
“The first thing I did after finishing this book was to grab my copy of Blood Ransom. The second was to ask myself how on EARTH I had never read a Sophie McKenzie book before. It really was that good!... These books are really addictive and I can't wait to try more of Sophie McKenzie's work.”