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A teenager is found barely alive by the roadside, bleeding from her slit throat. The police can't even begin to imagine the horrors she has faced. For inside their house lies the girl's older sister: brutally tortured, raped and stabbed to death. The evidence points towards a well-known family of career criminals....

Title : Blood Born
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ISBN : 9780340933091
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Blood Born Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-01-12 08:31

    A very readable Anya Crichton (not that I've had a bad one in the series yet!), despite the, once again, horrendous subject matter. But I get pulled into her books and just want to keep reading! There were several parts which could have done with some more fleshing out as particular events were presented as if they'd been mentioned before and had me flicking back to find what I'd missed (but I hadn't missed anything).But definitely gripping, spine-chilling reads.

  • ☼♄Jülie 
    2019-01-17 09:22

    #4 in the Anya Crichton series.Although I did enjoy this 4th book in the series, I felt it didn't quite fill it's potential. K.Fox had all the ingredients here and all the talent to make this a real gripping read but, to my mind it just fell short.Having said that, I would still recommend this book as a part of the series, as it does hold it's own (as a part of this series) and I think she [K.Fox] will improve with each successive book.I have come late to this series...2014...and It occurred to me that modern crime thrillers have come so far and are so much more confronting with their graphic depictions, that perhaps we have come to expect it....and now these older books are (possibly?) left wanting.Still, I believe a good crime thriller should be able to remain perennial, despite current trends.3.5★s

  • Julie
    2019-01-14 03:14

    I am on a Kathryn Fox binge at the moment, reading her fabulous Aussie crime books in order. They just keep me enthralled and I am missing out on sleep because I can't seem to put them down. This one is back on the trail of Forensic Physician, Dr Anya Chrichton, who is helping police solve more crimes. Three cheers for Kathryn Fox's plucky heroine!

  • Carolyn
    2019-01-12 05:30

    In this fourth novel in the Anya Crichton series, Anya returns from her her visit to the US in time to give evidence in a gang rape trial involving three brothers from the very nasty Harbourn family. The girl who was raped, Giverny, has already had to give evidence at one mistrial is now expected to go through it all again. When Giverny's lawyer, Natasha and Anya arrive to collect Giverny for Court, they find she has apparently committed suicide, although Anya is convinced the Harbourns are somehow involved.It's not long before the Harbourn brothers are suspected of another rape of two sisters with one girl murdered and one left critically injured and this time Anya is resolved to find enough evidence to convict the brothers and put them away for a very long time.This book doesn't quite generate the tension and fear that might be expected from such gruesome events. I felt as if all the ingredients were there but the action just needed to be ramped up a notch. Anya's friend detective Kate Farrar, who featured in the previous novel, takes a back seat again in this novel which is a pity because Kate was turning into an interesting character and I expected to see her feature more in some police-focused action.There are some interesting twists in the plot and the outcome is not as obvious as you might at first think. The book raises the issues of the hurdles that women who are raped have to go through when giving evidence at trials, the injustices in the legal system and the impact of the crime on family members as well as the victim themselves. More a 3.5★ than a 4★ read, but in the main I enjoyed the writing and plan to read further episodes in this series.

  • David
    2018-12-21 02:38

    The fourth Dr. Anya Crichton novel medical thriller novel by Australian author Kathryn Fox. Following a brutal gang rape mistrial, teenager Giverny Hart is found near death on the morning she is due to give evidence in the re-trial. Whilst unsuccessfully and frantically attempting to save her life, Anya destroys crucial evidence and the alleged perpetrators, the Harbourn brothers walk free. Compounding Anya's guilt, two sisters are raped, with one being found murdered on the same evening the Harbourn brothers are released. And so the investigations begin and the plot twists and turns to a surprising ending. As well as being a successful author, Kathryn Fox is a medical practitioner and her descriptions of forensics and medical procedures throughout the Anya Crichton series are always well-researched, seemingly authentic and not as laborious as I have found in some other medical thrillers. The sensitive topic of gang rape is also handled professionally by Fox, without being gratuitous. The only problem I have with this book is actually warming to Dr. Anya Crichton. As in others I have read, I find her character at times demonstrative, even aloof. Occasionally I even feel lectured by her. I keep feeling that she needs some character flaws or quirkyness, to make her more likeable and less perfect. Nevertheless, this is just a minor personal quibble and may not be felt as strongly by other readers. As with all the books in the Anya Crichton series, this book is well-plotted, well-written and obviously well-researched. You know you are going to get a quality and intriguing medical thriller with Kathryn Fox and Blood Born is no exception.

  • Tara Moss
    2018-12-20 05:33

    Kathryn Fox, Australia’s answer to Patricia Cornwell, gives us crime through the eyes of a believable and authentic medical practitioner. As a practicing physician, Fox saw victims of crime in her own office, and she writes on the subject with authority and passion. Her protagonist, pathologist and forensic physician Dr. Anya Critchton, is troubled by injustice, and in the fourth novel Blood Born, she finds herself embroiled in a brutal gang rape case and haunted by the death of the gang’s teenage victim just hours before she is due to give evidence in court. Blood Born, as with Fox’s previous novels, has a strong focus on injustice in the justice system, and the pain endured by victims of crime and their grieving families. At times the story is bleak. If you like your crime with a focus on the medical, scientific and legal aspects of investigation, don’t miss out on these novels.Check out my chat with Kathryn Fox on Tara In Conversation:

  • Paula Clark
    2019-01-14 07:11

    Great to see Anya taking centre stage again following her overseas work schedule/commitments in the previous book.This really gave me an insight into the frustrations faced by our law enforcement agencies and their associates. It was also a realistic look into the procedures and limitations of the forensic world. Both of these combined gave the story a very "real" feel for me and it frustrated the heck out of me - the whole system is like playing a strategic game and it leaves you wondering who the winners are!

  • Teresa in Ohio
    2019-01-16 10:30

    Another strong forensic thriller set in austraila with Dr Anna Crichton. Woman are brutally gang raped nd either killed. Or left to die. E rly on they have trio of suspects but can't make the charges stick as more victims come forward, anna is dtermined to see justice happen

  • Carol
    2019-01-08 04:41

    I am really addicted to Kathryn Fox's books. This one had lots of twists and turns and when I finisehd reading itI sat back and went WOW didn't see that one coming. I must admit that on more then one occasion I was squirming a little bit, but what a great book.

  • Krystle
    2019-01-10 05:20

    After my bad bout with a Kathy Reich book, I was a bit skeptical with this one. The former had bored me to death with with the terms used.The little synopsis at the back of the book was interesting. Although this book had many forensic science-y terms, it was easy to keep up with. And if I came across a term that I didn't understand, I'd simply google it up. Certain novels can be very heavy on courtroom and law terms, and can be hard to follow for someone who has no knowledge of the field. So I liked that this one had an equal amount.Also, my frustrations with the Harbourn family are yay high. I feel mentally tired just hearing the lengths that the family goes to plan and cover up their crimes. Noelle (understandably, I think) annoys me the most.I initially had a bit of trouble keeping up with who was who, and what their expertise were, though. And like Anya, I didn't get the initial verdict of the case. It made my heart hammer though because after that, one surprise came after the other; just when you thought it was done with.All in all, I really liked this book, even with the little grammatical and sentence structural errors that I spotted. Might just pick up another book by Fox, f her other books are as good as this.

  • Chava
    2018-12-24 07:26

    I can't get enough of Kathryn Fox's Anya Creighton series. Loved this book as well.

  • Emjlkas
    2018-12-18 05:11

    A great read! I was on the edge of my seat. I am eager to read the rest of the series!

  • Elusive
    2019-01-09 10:24

    In ‘Bloodborn’, Anya is up against a savage family who have brutally raped and murdered several girls yet they have continued to get away with their crimes due to their intelligence and loyalty towards each other. Things take a turn for the worse when one of their victims, Giverny is found with a cord around her neck on the morning she’s due to give evidence in court and subsequently takes her last breath. After the Harbourn brothers are released, two sisters are attacked but it’s getting more challenging to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.This case was incredibly interesting and remained suspenseful throughout the book as the author continuously presented various possibilities regarding who had committed the crimes. Although it appeared that the Harbourn family was definitely guilty, the question was how many of them were directly involved and who had instigated the rapes? Plus, despite finding some evidence at the crime scenes, the perpetrators were good at covering their tracks. The fact that all of them had unwavering loyalty towards each other made it harder to get even one person to crack under pressure.The details of the rapes and murders were disturbing mainly because they were in-depth and graphic. However, those weren’t gratuitous as they served to highlight the severity of the crimes and to show how much the victims’ sufferings not only affected their lives (or in most cases, caused their deaths) but also their loved ones. All of the aforementioned was written realistically without shying away from the truly gory and ugly bits. There was a nice balance of professionalism and emotions too because Anya did her best to get justice for the victims while genuinely caring about each one of them.The minor storyline involving her lawyer friend, Dan Brody who found remains of a dead baby in his house was intriguing at first but I was a lot more interested in the main storyline. I really enjoyed the courtroom proceedings as they were engaging and thought-provoking. The resolution of the crimes was well done as the explanations made sense hence there were no loose ends. Plus, there were a couple of unexpected moments and revelations which were entirely logical and showed how well-thought-out this story was. There were certain parts which veered towards being long-winded but they didn’t affect the quality of the story.Overall, ‘Bloodborn’ was a thrilling and riveting read. It wasn’t as good as ‘Without Consent’ (the only other book in this series I’ve read so far) since there was a little too much going on but it’s definitely worth reading.

  • Alex Telander
    2019-01-09 07:35

    Posted with permission from the Sacramento Book ReviewDr. Anya Crichton, the brilliant forensic pathologist from Without Consent and Malicious Intent returns with her most chilling case yet. Two young girls have been brutally attacked: one is left dead, the other raped and abused, barely surviving. Crichton is pulled into the case, and the reader soon learns that the doctor will stop at nothing, due to her care for anyone abused and victimized, but also drawing in some history involving herself in an abusive situation. Crichton must work with the young girl, making sure she full recovers to testify against her attackers, the ones who murdered her sister. Now the girl must face a courtroom and the dreaded Harbourn brothers. This is a family that is used to breaking the law and getting away with it; they’ve been doing it for years, know their ways around the law and how to string the courtroom along, and expect to do the same with this case. But Crichton isn’t going to let them get their way.Author Kathryn Fox, who is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine, knows how to keep a reader hooked from start to finish. Anya Crichton is similar to Patricia Cornwell’s Kaye Scarpetta, but because of her background, there is more depth to her character, as readers see she is a pathologist for a reason: to stop whoever it was that abused her, and to prevent others from getting away with their crimes. Fox employs a gritty, descriptive writing style, not holding back on garish, bloody details. At the same time Crichton is a very human character, caring for others, with friends and emotions, as well as an extracurricular habit of playing drums.Bloodborn is a medical thriller that will satisfy any fan of Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, as well as addicted viewers of TV shows like C.S.I or Bones. Bloodborn is a great place to start in discovering the impressive Dr. Anya Crichton, and after readers can move onto Fox’s other books featuring Crichton in her debut with Malicious Intent and Without Consent, as well as Skin and Bone.For more reviews, check out the BookBanter site.

  • Victoria
    2019-01-15 07:23

    I actually enjoyed this Australian thriller a lot more than I expected that I would. I generally hate to read series books out of order, so I am not quite sure how this fourth book in a series came to my attention originally. But, after finishing it, I was quite relieved that the book worked quite well as a standalone - there were only a few moments when I had that feeling that I was missing something that had been covered in the previous novels in the series. And it didn’t seem like any of the previous books’ mysteries had been solved.As for this novel, the plot held a few surprises along the way- which always speeds up the pacing! But while it was a fast and fun read, with an entertaining plot, I had a few problems with the book - particularly with the villains. The gruesome and terrible attacks on the two sisters - horrifically described in this very medical-heavy prose - became less serious as more and more descriptions about the Harbourn family were described. They were “real life” versions of the Duck Tales’ main villains, the Beagle Boys. Even “Ma” Harbourn sounded like an R-rated version of Ma Beagle! So, those similarities - intentional or subliminal - detracted from the Harbourns’ credibility as villains.The dialogue throughout flowed stiffly - and in some sections felt so unrealistic it was downright laughable. Particularly in a climatic scene featuring Dan Brody. All participants in that conversation sounded so utterly ridiculous, all of the drama drained from the scene and despite the serious subject matter, it quickly became hard not to laugh at how the whole scene played out.Still, it was well plotted, not to mention entertaining, and I would probably read other books in the series - but I don’t plan on going to great lengths to acquire them.

  • Winna
    2019-01-06 04:24

    After Cold Grave, I immediately ordered another copy of Kathryn Fox's Anya Crichton books and got this one because it piqued my interest the most.Compared to Cold Grave, this one is actually a series of actual cases, some seemingly irrelevant or unrelated, but intertwine nicely in the end. I do wish it's been smaller in scope, as in Cold Grave, because I find my attention shift from one plot to another, frustrated that they do not seem to make any sense to the actual story until the end.The characters are also numerous, which can be slightly difficult to keep track of. My only complain is that it could've been more compact. The editing could also use more work - during the first few chapters, the name Sophie is used when it should be Giverny, because we have not encountered Sophie till later in the story. That's a little confusing.Despite that, I enjoy this book and love the clever twists and turns that keep me on the edge of my seat, wanting to read faster. The villains are some of the most horrific I've ever seen in fiction, and they're made believable too. The story has many depths and layers, which I appreciate.Might look out more Anya Crichton in the future.

  • Don
    2018-12-28 09:38

    Without giving way too much of the plot it is difficult to describe this book other than to say it is another gripping whodunnit from Kathryn Fox.In the Harbourn family, sexual assaults, murders and intimidation all appear to be normal. Doctor Anya Crichton is once again called upon to find the perpetrators of these crimes and the Harbourns are her main suspects! But which member of the family is it? And how have family members managed to avoid past convictions?These questions are central to Blood Born and it is Anya's task to solve these crimes either forensically or through just plain old hard work. However, to do so she must get into the minds of this deranged family and little by little unravel the clues to their crimes and how they managed to avoid previous prosecutions.Nearly all authors of this genre (crime), who write many books, seem to have a formula for each story. If you can cope with a certain amount of predictability then Blood Born will be an enjoyable read.

  • Sapples
    2019-01-01 06:32

    Being an avid reader of crime and murder genres, I thought that it would be a good idea to go off the beaten track with famous crime writers such as Huston, Connnelly, Parker and so on and take on lesser known authors such as Fox. Huge mistake on my part. The plot was as thick as a half ply toilet paper. The climax was as subtle as a sneaky fart at a funeral. The book is basically a graveyard of words stuck on pages and glued together with dried up tears of disappointment. Word of advice, anyone looking to kill time reading a book, don't read this, it'll only make it pass much slower. The protagonist is basically a sick woman for the first third of the book. I've put this book down more times than PETA does with animals. Don't get me wrong, I love female authors but this is just a sad disgrace of a paperback. If I wanted to be disappointed over the weekends I should've just stayed at home alone while thinking about all the happy couples out there in the world having a better time than me. The only good thing about the book is that it makes for a superb paperweight on my work desk.

  • Sophie
    2019-01-08 04:25

    Fox's fourth book sees the return of Dr Anya Crichton, forensic pathologist and wound expert. A trial goes horribly wrong and a young girl is found with horrific injuries, her sister raped and dead inside the house. A couple of well-placed twists towards the end take the story in a unexpected directions, which keep the tension going right to the final pages. Compelling reading, especially for those who have got to know the main characters through Fox's previous books.I would recommend this book to fans of the crime thriller genre - readers of the likes of Karin Slaughter and Jeffrey Deaver are likely to enjoy Fox's work.Karin SlaughterDeaver Jeffery (there doesn't appear to be a 'proper' author page for Deaver, which is a shame - he has written many more books than this link implies!)

  • Ellen
    2019-01-01 03:18

    I've had this book for ages and only just got around to reading it. Was it worth the wait? Maybe.On one hand, an Australian crime novel is a bit of a novelty even here in Britain. However, as much as I wanted to bond with, like or even just admire protagonist Dr. Anya Crichton, I couldn't quite do so. She just wasn't well enough developed for me to do so. Also, whilst Fox does bring in an interesting twist (I knew she had to connect the dots, but I wasn't sure she'd do it in that manner!), the plot could be quite predictable in places.Three stars. Not awful, but not fantastic neither. I will admit that I felt the writing and pacing became better as the book went on. At the start, I had a feeling it would become a two-star review, so that was a relief.

  • V.E. Lynne
    2018-12-30 09:40

    Fourth book in the Anya Crichton series sees the pathologist dealing with the worst family of criminals she has ever encountered - the Harbourns. On the day that one of their victims, Giverny Hart, is due to testify against them she is found dead. It is surely the work of the Harbourns but they have an alibi and a mother who is willing to go to any lengths to protect them. This is the first Anya Crichton book I have read and I would happily read another although I found the competing storylines in this novel a bit unnecessary at times. Anya though is a strong character and Kathryn Fox did a very good job in tying up the loose ends of the plot at the end. Overall, a very solid read.

  • Ellie
    2018-12-31 08:34

    OK, it has been a while since I read the previous book in the series but I felt like I was missing something as I read. The Harbourns are quite obviously guilty of a lot of crimes prior to the start of the book. I find it hard to believe that they are all still free however I'm not familiar with the Austalian justice system. The judge's prejudices seemed a bit unrealistic to me too, would he really be allowed to act in that manner and get away with it for so long?I really enjoyed the first 3 books but this isn't up to par.

  • Fran
    2018-12-26 05:29

    This is my 6th book in the series and each one has been so hard to put down. Fox's books make for gripping reading and I often find myself reading into the night trying to get to the end. This book was no exception. I only wish that Anya was more human instead of being almost too good to be true. Sometimes, her perfection became too jarring and started to annoy. Still, you could hand me another 10 books in the series and I'd read every single one. And my panda eyes would be able to prove how little sleep I'd have had!

  • Anneb
    2019-01-14 02:13

    it was a good read even though the protagonist was a bit precious and opinionated and I felt like it was the author making statements about bicycle riders wearing helmets (maybe that was the last book of hers I read...), cigarette smoke... I want to say, hey, Ms Fox, back off from Dr Crichton, let her be herself without channeling you but it turned pages just fine. One minor bit is that I could not vision the Harbourn men/boys very well.

  • Hazel Edwards
    2019-01-12 02:18

    'Bloodborn' is a medical procedural mystery with recent social issues like domestic and legal abuse with a few coincidences but lots of interesting facts. Actually the third Kathryn Fox novel with doctor sleuth Anya Crichton I've read. Can be read as a stand alone. At times it slips into too much research detail , but it's a change to have such a well informed and experienced author. Some intellelligent twists.

  • Darcy
    2018-12-17 09:37

    Anya is back and involved in a series of brutal rapes some ending in deaths that seems to be the work of a pack of brothers from a family that is known to be serial criminals. Through the trials more is brought to light about the family, those that are working on the cases, and the victims and their families. Through out the book you think you know where the author is going, but there are clever twists through out the book and you feel slightly happy with the outcome.

  • Sunnie
    2018-12-25 07:20

    Perhaps not quite always believable and resolution a little too neat but hard to put down readNumber 4 in the Anya Crichton series. The above criticisms aside,. Fox is a practising physician and writes from a position of extensive knowledge and experience. That alone combined with interesting characters make BLOOD BORN well worth the time, even if I had to suspend disbelief with the some of the plot from time to time.

  • Bluefly
    2019-01-16 06:34

    Cinque stelline perché, pur non amando i thriller, ho trovato davvero molto difficile scollare gli occhi dalle pagine di questo libro. Donne vittime di violenze spaventose e donne che queste violenze le combattono, tenaci, coraggiose, indipendenti ma che non dimenticano il proprio lato femminile. Il tutto raccontato senza sbavature e una tecnica narrativa da cardiopalma. Una storia forte e commovente.

  • Heather
    2018-12-26 10:32

    What a gripping, spine-chilling book "Blood Born" was, and the subject content was extremely disturbing. The Harbourn family was truly evil and the various members gave me the creeps. I sympathised with Anya and could understand her frustrations with the legal system. Well researches with a tight plot and clever twists, this was an excellent medical thriller.

  • Jacquie Rodgers
    2018-12-18 02:23

    This is the first book of Kathryn Fox's I've read and I couldn't wait to get my hands on another one of her novels on completion. I love the fact that she is such a talented Australian author. Her content is always challenging to read and this one did remind me of the Anita Cobby murder in some ways.