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Under the watchful eye of Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton, Anna is given her first case. But is it a full-blown murder investigation or purely a missing person's case? An ominous pool of blood and no victim lead Anna on a desperate hunt for a man who has disappeared without trace....

Title : Blood Line
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ISBN : 9780857201805
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Blood Line Reviews

  • Gary
    2019-01-15 20:49

    This is the 7th book in the Anna Travis series by author Lynda La Plante.After reading the last 6 books in the series and thoroughly enjoying them I have to admit I was a little disappointed by this one. It almost felt like it was written by a different author all together, all the characters were there etc. but something did not read quite right. That said I did like big chunks of it and been already very familiar with the characters and sub plots still found it an enjoyable read.In this novel Anna takes on a high profile missing person investigation which shows signs that it might develop into a murder hunt when pools of blood are discovered but no body.Not to be put off by this slight blip, straight onto number 8 in the series.

  • Shelley
    2019-01-18 16:42

    I'm not sure which of the following things is true. 1) I did not read an uncorrected proof, but instead read an uncorrected first draft; 2) I read an uncorrected proof, and there is an editor who should be deeply, deeply ashamed; or 3) I read an uncorrected proof, of which the first draft was so dreadful an editor managed to improve it to the version I read. If that's the case, I would like to nominate the editor for sainthood, because I can't imagine anything much worse than the book I just finished. I edit cheesy novels. That's my job, even though I make almost no money doing it. And I never would have let something like this ride. (Even under my editing pseudonym.)Allow me to start with what I liked. 1) Ciaran Hinds was mentioned in the Acknowledgements. I love Ciaran Hinds! 2) ...Nope, that's all I've got. The book varies point of view so often that I became seasick. We couldn't stay in anyone's head long enough to care about the character (although briefly I liked Detective Sergeant Simms), and the main character is so disagreeable I found myself hoping she'd be murdered during the course of the book. I think I was supposed to feel sorry for her because in a previous work, her fiance had died. Yeah. I didn't. Interiority was abysmally written. Here's an example (page 211 of the ARC): **"Get that bitch out! Get her out of here!" Tina screamed. As Anna passed between the two women, Tina fell to her knees sobbing, with Donna trying to comfort her. "Have they found him?" Felicity asked nervously. "No. Excuse me." Anna left hurriedly. She had considered arresting Tina for assault, but thought better of it as she had caused the aggression. **Did you miss it? If you blinked, you might have. And that is pretty much how interiority works for every one of the viewpoint characters, which, at one time or another, encompasses everyone in the book, including the murder victim. And the janitor of the building the victim lived in. The. Freaking. Janitor. No, it doesn't serve the plot. That might be because the plot doesn't really get going until around page 250, though.I would like to give this book 1.5 stars, because I usually reserve one star ratings for books that are so bad I can't finish them. But I can't bring myself to round up to two. Not for the absurd number of POV errors. Not for continuity errors. Not for shifting viewpoints -- sometimes from one paragraph to the next. I used to wonder why it was I loved British police procedurals -- from the good (Morse) to the campy (Midsomer Murders) to the historical (Foyle's War)-- but never liked the Prime Suspect shows, even though I'm a Helen Mirren fan. Now I suspect it's the fault of the source material. All I can say is it must be nice to have a CBE and be paid to write like this.

  • Ben Guilfoy
    2018-12-25 17:45

    Disappointing. I was in the mood for a good murder mystery when I picked it up, and the premise of a murder without a body sounded pretty fascinating. But the entire book is just the characters endlessly having the same conversation over and over and over again. How many times did Travis talk to Tina in this book, never really learning anything new? How many times is her boss/former lover going to ask her to dinner? This book could have been half the length it actually is and lose nothing.

  • Mike Gabor
    2018-12-21 21:49

    The seventh book in the Anna Travis series and another winner. DCI Anna Travis is asked to look into the disappearence of a local man. As the investigation moves forward it appears as the man was murdered as blood stains are found in his apartment but as there is no body and also no forensic evidence, Anna must work extra hard to make a case. Her investigation is also being closely followed by her superiors and pressure is building for her to solve it. This is an excellent police procedural and the plot will keep you guessing to the end.

  • Sapphire Bates
    2019-01-04 14:47

    I felt the book had a slow start, it didn't really draw me in I only really kept reading because I hate not finishing a book. However i'm glad I did because the story did pick itself up and the pace fastened. Once they realised that somebody had been murdered in Alan Rawlins' flat it then began to get exciting. I thought the book was written really well and the author threw in some interesting parts to the story line, I didn't suspect Alan Rawlins to be gay and was surprised when it turned out he was later in the book. I also thought that Alan not being the biological son of his father was a nice little unexpected twist.Although the book started to pick up during the middle part it as science dictates what goes up most come down and this book certainly did come back down. By the end I have to admit that I was bored, I kept reading due to the fact that I felt that if i'd come so far there was no point giving up yet. An enjoyable read although I'm not sure i'd read it again.

  • Donna
    2019-01-08 18:44

    This is my 3rd novel by this author and in some ways it was my favorite one so far. I liked the opening hook. It had me. There were also some unexpected shifts in the plot that felt nicely done. I also liked the MC. I felt like she was relate-able. So there were definitely things I liked. However, some of this felt kind of sluggish. I mean, how many times do you need to show the same pictures around just to get the same story. That type of thing felt tedious and there seemed to be more of that than I care for. So 3 stars.

  • Darcyfarcy
    2018-12-24 18:48

    I didn't enjoy this as much as all the others. In fact in parts I found Anna's character annoying. So closed off and emotionless. The plot wasn't as interesting but I still read it in record time. She does have a knack of making you always want to read another page!

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-01-07 18:44

    I was going to give this book three stars but as Goodreads ratings system for four stars is 'really liked it' and that is how I felt about the book, that's the rating I will give it.It took me ages to get into this book, and probably only after about 200 pages did I get into the story and actually care about what was going on. The only thing that kept me going past the 200 pages was the fact that this is the seventh book in the Anna Travis series and I enjoy them and want to read them all so I persevered with it and luckily halfway through the book definitely picked up and I couldn't read the rest of the book quick enough in my desire to reach its conclusion. And what a conclusion it was. As I said in a previous review, these novels are basic police procedurals and they don't rely on over the top/unrealistic storylines or sensationalism instead La Plante just tells a story and tells it very well. This time we see Anna taking on her very first case as DCI and unfortunately this is without the fantastic characters from other books, namely Barolli, Mike, Barbara and Joan and initially I was disappointed at this as I wanted to see how they would react now Anna was the boss but I think Mike is the same rank. However we met Paul, a gay officer, Helen and Brian who I didn't really like that much but it was interesting to see how Anna interacted with them as the boss.In this book we also saw the POV of other characters rather than just mostly Anna and I think that this was because as DCI she had to delegate jobs to the other officers that she would have done herself in previous books when she was a lower rank. I thought she was great as DCI and as I have read the other books in the series she has improved, grown up and matured so much from the Anna we read about way back in the first books! I love Anna and think she's such a great character. In this book we find her still getting over the death of her fiance in the previous book which I said I felt was a rushed relationship for the sake of the storyline. Langton also featured heavily in this book and I just don't know where La Plante is going with this. I know he is her boss and so is going to feature but it's just the scenes where they discuss personal things that confuse me. Anna appears to be over Langton however he doesn't appear to be over her and I just wonder whether their relationship is ever going to be revisited...Overall the story was fantastic once it picked up after those 200 pages. It read like a TV show which isn't surprising given La Plante's history and the fact that this book will be a TV show in a few years if the (fantastic) TV adaptation of Above Suspicion continues which I really hope it does. It makes the books more enjoyable being able to put a face to the characters. I didn't really guess the ending but it wasn't an OMG moment where you didn't see it coming. I can't wait to get started with the next Travis novel though as as I said previously I think Anna is such a great character. I did read a few negative reviews for this book however I would have to disagree and say that whilst this might not be the best in the series, it is certainly not a one star book and is a very enjoyable read. For me it was at least anyway.

  • Suspense Magazine
    2019-01-09 21:56

    DCI Anna Travis has a lot to prove. To Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton, her boss and former lover, she has to prove she’s up to the job of being a Detective Chief Inspector for the Murder Squad. To herself, she has to prove that she can still function after the murder of her fiancé.When Anna is given the task of tracking down the whereabouts of Alan Rawlins, the adult son of a court employee, she’s suspicious that she’s been demoted. “Check it out for me,” Langton says. In spite of her feelings that the case should go to Missing Persons, she gives in with grace.Anna and her team work through the steps. They interview the parents, the fiancée, the co-workers, and the neighbors, and quickly find that there are two major problems. One, Alan was an all-around good guy and there seems to be no reason whatsoever for anyone to kill him. Two, there’s no body, or even any evidence of a body.But it becomes increasingly clear that something is amiss. Blood is found in the apartment that Alan shared with his fiancée, too much blood for a person to have lost and survived. Though the team shares a surge of excitement, the lead takes them nowhere. The only solution is to keep digging.It soon appears that little about Alan is as it seems, but the accumulating evidence can be interpreted different ways. Tension builds as Anna determinedly heads down one path, while Superintendent Langton is pushing her toward another. Has Alan Rawlins been murdered? Or did he simply make himself disappear from a life that he couldn’t live with any longer?This police procedural details the inner workings of an investigation from before its beginning through to its bitter end. Anna’s need for an arrest trumps everything, but close behind are the realities of budgets, staff relations, and the grind of a trail going cold. International bestselling author Lynda La Plante has written another novel that’s sure to please.Reviewed by Laura Alden, author of “Plotting at the PTA” for Suspense Magazine

  • Laura
    2019-01-02 20:59

    I read this book in two days, comfortably. No staying up until 3AM (although it was tempting as i had the next day off) but nevertheless in two days because it had me hooked. Granted, it was quite detailed, however i don't think it was too much.The story follows DCI Anna Travis who is given a missing persons case (of which department she is not a part of) and in her inquiries discovers that it is actually a murder case. However one that is not clear cut as there is no body and no evidence of who the actual victim was. Throughout you are taken on twists and turns, liking and disliking characters and wanting to get to the bottom of it.I really enjoyed the book however i think the ending was wrapped up too quickly. It wasn't how the story ended, it was more that the book was quite detailed yet the ending was very quick - almost a summary.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good murder mystery. Obviously there was a little bit of blood etc. in it because it involves a murder however i didn't find it too much to

  • Wendy
    2019-01-17 14:34

    As mysterious and a page flipping book like Zoe Letting Go, the author of this novel, Lynda La Plante crafts out a crime scene in Britain . In Blood Line, our protagonist Anna Travis, a London Detective Chief Inspector has just returned to work from the death of her fiancé. When she just returns, Edward Rawlins, comes to report that his son, Alan has been missing for two weeks. Langston, her former lover tries to help her, but Anna tries not to ask because she does not want him to pity her due to her lost.Alan Rawlins' wife, Tina, becomes Anna's prime suspect. Tina did not even report to the police that Alan was missing. She said she assumed that he ran off with some other women, even though she had no reason why. With no body or slight trace of Alan, Anna and her crew tries to find out as much information as possible. After a few inspection, Anna finds blood in their apartment that someone tried to cover up. As little clues and details pop up, Anna gets more into the crime and believes that Alan is murdered.

  • Kelly Roll
    2018-12-31 21:58

    This is the first book I've read by Ms. La Plante. I found the detective work to be interesting for the most part but could not really warm up to either Anna Travis or her boss Langdon. The pacing was a bit slow at the beginning of the book but last section of the book picked up the pace considerably and was, for me, the most interesting part of the novel.One nit picky point - since I did listen to this as a book on tape I began to notice that the characters never seemed to speak to one another but it was always a case of "he/she snapped at..." and it tended to become repetitive after awhile.I may pick up another novel by Ms. La Plante to compare with this one but am rather lukewarm on the writing in this story

  • Nancy Newcomer
    2018-12-29 15:45

    Darn. I have read other novels by her that I liked alot. Linda La PLante wrote the first few series of Prime Suspect for BBC which were terrific. I have read other novels by her that were very interesting ( the one with the twins was quite chilling) but I have to say this one was quite boring. It features a female CSI who is so much like Helen Mirren that it is difficult to imagine anyone else playing that role. Still she is in her 40's and has red hair. Hmmm. still hard. The first 2 pages feature a murder, subject unknown, from the subjects's POV. Then she spends 420 pages doing interviews to figure out the crime and suspects. Sorry, it just didn't work for me...

  • Vicki
    2019-01-04 19:50

    I was hooked on this book almost immediately and couldn't put it down. It was a considerable inconvenience having to go to work this morning with only a handful of pages left. I managed to finish the book by hiding an on-line version behind a couple spreadsheets and pretending I was analysing numbers.The uncertainty of not having a body when investigation a murder provided an interesting twist to the story. Not only was I wondering 'who dunnit' I was also wondering if anybody actually 'dunnit' in the first place.

  • Leeann Sheriff
    2019-01-02 14:59

    This was a very long book at points. Wishing that it would end. It seemed like they were going in circles the whole time. DCI Travis continued a repetitive investigation to Alans' disappearance without seeming to getting anywhere new. In the end everything came together and as I thought in the beginning it was Tina Brooks who had alot to do with it more then she was willing to admit to. I would like to read another one of your stories and hope to enjoy that as well.

  • Eruth
    2019-01-03 17:58

    Linda La Plante writes terrific police procedurals. She does not have a lovely or literary writing style; that's not her strength. And she tends not to provide a twist as a case finally concludes. But somehow she makes the long slog of police detective work seem simultaneously like a long slog and an exciting hunt. Her specialty, made famous by the movie Prime Suspect, is the case where the police know who committed the murder by cannot find the evidence they need. This plot is different. For this crime, Anna Travis and her team are frustrated by no leads at first, then by too many. Anna herself is stressed by the very human and often annoying members of her team, and equally by the 'helicopter' oversight by her mentor and superior (and past lover), James Langton. She is at times shown up by Langton, her confidence is often shaken, but her competence and sound instincts are proven eventually.

  • El
    2019-01-09 19:50

    I've not read any of the other books in this series or anything by Lynda La Plante so had no preconceptions. I found the story really interesting and was never able to second-guess the author. The characters were mostly well-written but the protagonist, Anna, seemed a very cold, emotionless woman and was therefore difficult to care about. Other characters had potential but it wasn't drawn out so I'd have liked to have seen more about Anna's team who seemed rather shadowy. The book at times seemed to be repeating itself and I did wonder if Anna was actually up to the job of running a murder investigation singlehandedly but, as this was her first such case, I assume this was intentional. On the whole, I was gripped by this audiobook and looked forward to picking it up each time. I would definitely recommend it if you want an interesting and differently-plotted police procedural.

  • Darla C. James
    2018-12-28 18:53

    HARD TO RATEI hadn't read an Anna Travis book in awhile but remembered liking them. I didn't recall feeling any of them were in the least bit tedious to read; this one was. I have nothing but praise for the plot, or the dialog, etc., - everything was there that makes a great read. But I felt like I was slogging through a swamp of minutia! I know every detail of Anna's morning and nightly routines except the brand of her toilet paper! Describing environments, making the story and characters come alive, adds so much to the enjoyment of reading......but, too much drags the momentum down and can make a book tedious to get through. This one was....but, great tale!

  • John Marsh
    2018-12-24 19:31

    Library Audible (Note to remind myself the story) Alan is reported missing by his father, Edward Rawlings, not his fiancé, one of a number discrepancies giving rise to a possible murder and a no body senario. Anna ends up with the investigation which starts off as a missing persons report. Initially everyone praises Alan as quiet, dedicated, about to marry his fiancé Tina Brooks and so on. Then it begins to appear that he may of actually been murdered and the body disposed of. The father raised initially the possibly of murder as nothing else made sense. Anna boss is the one who encouraged her to follow the possible murder idea, Anna felt he was directing her away from any stressful real murder cases deliberately.Edward Rawlings' wife was suffering from alzheimer and was becoming no longer manageable. Alan always visited and it is now seven or so months since he visited. Later while checking up on DNA tests and general enquiries it is discovered that Alan's DNA could not be matched as he was a sperm donor baby (unbeknown to the supposed father).Then the follow up starts to unravel that Alan was living a double life. He got into selling drugs with the surfing crowd and although it turned out he was bisexual he lent more to the gay side. So in many ways he used Tina thus when the drug dealer was chasing Alan re drug trade stuff she beame an accomplish in the murder and could act the part with stone coldness to the police.Silias drug trader in Devon surfing area a lot. Sammy Marsh drug trader is murdered thus never located to talk to. Key discovery in flat were bleach tht explanation could not really explain. Carpet square removed and replaced. New carpet ordered and sluminal showed masses of blood pooled in the bath and around the bed. DNA that Tina had had sex with someone other than Alan.So an excellent story of charging for a murder without a body but plenty of other evidence pieces fitting together.

  • Laraine
    2018-12-28 13:51

    I'd rate this thriller a 4 - 4 1/2 star read. LaPlante has done it again-written a superb book 7 in her excellent Anna Travis series. Anna is the Chief Inspector for London's murder squad. Asked to look into a missing person's case, Anna gets involved in a complicated investigation that perplexes her and almost gets her removed from the case. She has a crime scene, but no body and no idea of who the victim is. A good page turner and a great read. This is a terrific series.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-12 14:52

    Took me ages and ages to finish this book. It wasn't interesting enough from the start and couldn't hold my interest until 3/4 of the way through when the intense investigation started. The ending was alright but overall no super impressed with how the murder investigation unfolded. Probably won't read another Lynda La Plante novel.

  • Laura
    2018-12-22 16:43

    This one had some very disturbing scenes involving children and women which I could have done without, but I realize it's part of the grit of this crime/detective series. Anna is recovering from losing her Fiance and we see how she deals (or rather doesn't) deal with it well.

  • Ada Iaboni
    2018-12-21 15:58

    I expected more details from what had happened in the last novel, but that didn't happen.This one too, got very complicated and went all over the place. It finally came to a conclusion with some very strange outcomes...

  • Eliza
    2018-12-31 19:55

    Had me hooked when I read about a body and then the police couldn't find one. His father's life is destroyed because of his pushing to find out what happened. Nice guy, Alan, not so nice after all betweens drugs and boy toys.

  • Abhilash Babu
    2019-01-12 20:44

    Investigation goes round in circles and lacks pace. But on hindsight perhaps that is how real world investigation works. Going with two stars as I didn't enjoy it.

  • Jan
    2019-01-02 15:43

    So many twists and turns in this book, it kept me guessing almost to the end.

  • Paulette Ponte
    2019-01-05 17:56

    good mystery

  • Laurian
    2018-12-26 13:32

    I really liked this. I want to read more, which is unusual for me with procedurals like this.

  • Eva
    2018-12-22 19:37

    can i review this with one star if i didn't finish?man that was boring. i just couldn't get into it with all the pointless interviews and read who did it in the end. meh.

  • Robin
    2019-01-10 14:39

    Poorly edited.