Category: Maggie Thom


Posted on September 23, 2016 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4 stars, Beck Valley Books, Maggie Thom, mystery, Review, suspense / 2 Comments

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?

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“The plot was intricate and it made me want to finish it quickly so I could discover all the mysteries. There was lots of action, a love story and a good depiction of strong women which I really liked. ” 

– C H-Jackson

“A Deep Mystery With Hidden Treachery And Suspense. Maggie Thom is one of the best suspense writers in today’s fiction. Highly recommended.”

– Virginia E. Johnson

“Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!”

InDtale Magazine

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Deadly Ties by Maggie Thom is one of those books that will engage you from start to finish and have you clamouring for more even after it has ended. What initially grabbed my attention was this line
‘She went to jail for the right reason, but the wrong murder’.
I knew from  that moment I had to read this book. This is my first experience with this author so I knew nothing about her style of writing. However, based on that single line I was expecting this to be an engaging read, and I was not disappointed.
There are times you may read a book and wonder how the title fits in with the story. Well, ‘Deadly Ties’ left no room for questions.  I thought the title was perfect for the story.  I honestly don’t believe the ties in this story could get any deadlier. This is a story of a family fighting against each other in their bid for power, and the lengths they would go through to achieve it.  There were enough secrets, backstabbing, scheming and blackmail to make your head spin. The secrets will have you guessing at every page turn. I believe I have said this earlier, but I will reiterate it.  I believe the hallmark of a good mystery is one that keeps you guessing until the end.  ‘Deadly Ties’ did just that.  I was aware of who the players were, but what I was not sure of, was the role each played in this deadly game.
The story started out fine, but then it slowed down significantly. This was probably due to the fact, that the author went into a lot of details about the town and the 30-year history of secrets and lies.  It was not until about 75% of the story that the pace picked up.  From that moment I was literally on the edge of my seat.  When the truths were revealed I was dumbfounded.
There were a few points in the story where I was a bit confused.  There was a point when there was a mix up in the characters, and I was not sure who was being referred to. There were also instances where sentences did not flow due to either an omission of a word or words being placed where they should not be.  I found this to be rather distracting. There were times I had to re-read a particular paragraph as a result. 
I found the characters to be complex.  Even though they are fictional characters, they had a realistic feel to them. This made it easy for me to understand their actions. There were some who were twisted, some who were smart and feisty, and some who were pathetic.  They evoked a variety of emotions within me.  There were moments of laughter, anger, and exasperation. 

This story was a perfect demonstration how the love of power and money can lead to one’s destruction.  If you love suspense/mysteries, then you will enjoy this title.  Overall, it was a good read and I would definitely recommend it.

About the author

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, grew up in a house full of books and often made weekly trips to the library to get more. Reading was her go to, when it was too cold outside to play. She started experimenting with writing at a young age letting her imagination take her away on many adventures. Maggie has written everything from technical writing, to nonfiction, to fiction for children, youth and adults, along with poems and short stories. She finally settled on her love of puzzles, mysteries and roller coasters and now writes suspense/thrillers that will take you on one heck of a ride. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies and Deceitful Truths with Split Seconds to be out late 2016 – and her other published novel, Tainted Waters (2013 Suspense/Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine). Her latest novel, Deadly Ties had just been released. 
Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…

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