I read Blood-Tied by Wendy Percival several weeks ago and reviewed it on my book blog at the time. However, I was reminded of the book again when I wandered onto Wendy Percival's website yesterday.
Wendy Percival has used her knowledge of history, genealogy and research methods to give this novel a great feeling of authenticity. Anyone who has an enthusiasm for family history can't help but love this book. Meticulous detail combined with a cleverly constructed plot provides the reader with a completely fresh take on a traditional mystery tale.
The story centres on two sisters (Esme and Elizabeth) who are very close until one learns that the other has a secret past. Unable to get answers from Elizabeth because she is in a coma, Esme sets out on a search for the truth aided by her best friend Lucy.
What makes Blood-Tied really enjoyable are the unusual circumstances in which the novel is placed. Esme is a researcher with a passion for family history and Lucy works at the County Records Office and is a professional archivist.
A cast of well-drawn, interesting characters lead the reader through a complex story with its roots in the past and its consequences right up to the present day. A tangle of family relationships is revealed between siblings; parents and children; grandparents and off-spring; aunts, uncles and cousins; in-laws and out-laws; husbands and wives. Add to the mix nannies, housemaids, gardeners, police officers, architects, neighbours and friends: all helping to confuse and illuminate - sometimes at the same time!
Blood-Tied is highly readable with a clear, direct, no-nonsense style; good pace; interesting and unexpected twists and turns; and a very satisfying ending.
You can find all the details of the book on author Wendy Percival's Amazon Author page or on her website.