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Detective Carson Ryder's sworn duty is to track killers down. He's never revealed the fact that his brother, Jeremy, is one of America's most notorious killers - albeit imprisoned. Now though, his brother's escaped and is at large in New York. With Jeremy the chief suspect in a series of horrifying mutilation-murders, a mysterious video demands Ryder be brought into help.Detective Carson Ryder's sworn duty is to track killers down. He's never revealed the fact that his brother, Jeremy, is one of America's most notorious killers - albeit imprisoned. Now though, his brother's escaped and is at large in New York. With Jeremy the chief suspect in a series of horrifying mutilation-murders, a mysterious video demands Ryder be brought into help. What should be a straightforward manhunt couldn't be more different - or more terrifying. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game develops between Jeremy and the NYPD with Ryder in the middle, trying to keep his brother alive and the cops in the dark. But it's a game of life, death and deceit, a game with an unknown number of players and no clear way of winning ......

Title : Blood Brother
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ISBN : 9780007269075
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Number of Pages : 436 Pages
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Blood Brother Reviews

  • Kelly
    2019-03-31 11:33

    Carson Ryder is a bit confused when he's rushed off to New York city without anybody telling him why, until he gets there and sees the video his murdered friend has left him. Somehow his serial killer brother, Jeremy, has escaped and is on the loose in New York, suspected of brutally killing more women. Trying to hide the fact that Jeremy is his brother, trying to find him, and trying to stop the NYPD from killing him becomes Carson's burden, but how much time does he have before things start falling apart?Great plot, fast paced with plenty of gore and horror. These are my favourite kinds of books, I love the mix of murder and suspicion with the police investigation. They always manage to keep you on the edge of your seat, and this was no exception. The characters were well written, you feel a lot of sympathy for Carson, he obviously knows his brother must be caught, but he doesn't want him to be hurt. Jeremy is of the genius murder variety, so he always manages to keep one step ahead of the investigation. The ending was a complete surprise, not at all as I expected, but it was a great ending. The plot was very good throughout, it was well written and kept me gripped. Really enjoyed the story and I'll be sure to go back and get the initial books in the series.

  • Craig Sisterson
    2019-04-01 16:47

    Kerley’s fourth Carson Ryder thriller finds the young Alabama detective temporarily leaving behind the sweltering South. A mysterious video found at an appalling mutilation-murder quite literally calls Ryder to the bright lights and shadowed streets of New York City, where he battles hayseed prejudices held by city cops barely tolerant of his presence.For three novels Ryder has solved despicable murders alongside nattily-dressed veteran partner Harry Nautilus, while occasionally consulting the imprisoned brother he’s long kept secret - notorious murderer Jeremy Ridgecliffe. Now Jeremy has escaped and Ryder finds himself trying to outrun an NYPD manhunt in order to keep his secret safe and his brother alive.Once again Kerley spins a suspenseful tale peppered with vicious murders and exciting twists, although this time the twists not only upturn readers’ beliefs and expectations about this novel’s rapidly-evolving events, but also deliver surprising revelations about the throughline of the entire series thusfar.However, Kerley outperforms plot-driven twist-masters with the texture of his crime fiction; he also engages the reader with interesting characters, settings and themes. Any twists and turns seem organic, realistically evolving from such elements rather than being author-imposed to distract from deficiencies in the storytelling.Another excellent read in an underrated and very intriguing series.

  • Mort
    2019-03-31 10:50

    5 STARSWith The Hundredth Man, Kerley was still trying to find his feet. He had a great idea: A policeman with a notorious serial killer brother, certifiably insane and institutionalised, who reluctantly helps with an investigation. Underneath it all is the inner conflict of their twisted relationship, and the feelings of guilt and, yes, even a sense of gratitude. A good book, but not yet great.Blood Brother was the fourth book in the series (and the first one I read of this author), and by then he was completely comfortable with his writing style and characters. I absolutely loved this book!I didn’t know the author and I’d never heard about any of the hype, but what attracted my attention was a sticker on the front page that said:“As good as James Patterson or your money back!”Bold statement. But, damn, this book was that good – and worth every penny.Detective Carson Ryder will be placed in an impossible position. Jeremy, his brother, has escaped and might be responsible for murders. Ryder will be drawn into the investigation where his loyalty toward his brother and the law will be tested to the full…and then some.I’m trying to be so vague in this review, because I loved the twists and turns, and I don’t want to give anything away. To fully appreciate this story, you should discover it for yourself.

  • Carol
    2019-03-22 13:59

    the homicide detective with a hidden secret that could destroy his career.These brothers have murder in their veins.Detective Carson Ryder's sworn duty is to track killers down.Hes never revealed the fact that his brother. Jeremy. is one of Americas most notorious killers - now imprisoned.Secretly. Ryder has used Jeremy's homicidal insight to solve cases.Hes made a career out of it.Now his brother has escaped and is at large in New York.With Jeremy the chief suspect in a series of horrifying mutilation-murders. a mysterious video demands Ryder be brought into help.It looks like a straightforward manhunt.It couldn't be more different - or more terrifying.A dangerous cat-and-mouse game develops between Jeremy and the NYPD. If you like gritty, sometimes gruesome murder novels this entire series will satisfy the "blood lust". This one explored more the love/hate relationship between Carson the detective... and Jeremy...his killer, formally imprisoned, brother. The entire Carson family has secrets that they are more than happy to have stay hidden but were bound to come to light. In many ways it was a lot like [Silence of the Lambs]. It's twisted tale...for lack of a better word...but you must read on to discover all the surprising revelations which this reader hopes will be built on in the next book.

  • Myrna
    2019-03-23 16:49

    Dear Carson, We had a good run, but I need to tell you it's over. I've had my doubts ever since book two, but then you showed some promise again in book three, so I hung in there, but you have failed to live up to your potential. I'm tired of pretending, so I am setting you free to find someone who will appreciate you the way you are.All the best,Myrna

  • Rich
    2019-04-13 18:46

    I really enjoyed this book, only the second book of this author I’ve read, the other book was ‘Death Collectors’ which I also rated 5 stars. Alot of suspense and twists and turns and alot of surprises along the way, brilliant writing. Looking out to get more books by this author

  • Lisa
    2019-03-29 10:44

    Kind of disappointing. The first 2 were excellent the 3rd was bad and this one was just ok. I will try #5 and if it disappoints then I'm done with this author. Closer to a 2.5 star.

  • Dave
    2019-04-13 13:59

    Excellent book . Fast paced with quite a few twists and turns. Well written and thoroughly engrossing . Will certainly read more books in the series.

  • Sandra Lensen
    2019-03-19 11:34

    I liked this book, fast paced, some suprises as well. Entertaining.

  • Thomas Edmund
    2019-03-25 16:56

    Where to start?Lets begin with what Blood Brother is not: Blood Brother is not Silence of the Lambs, despite trying so hard I'm surprised there wasn't a copyright lawsuit.The plot of course, tries to be twisty but is somewhat predictable, most of it is given away in the blurb, and if anyone is genuinely surprised by any development in this book (I mean surprised as in "I didn't expect that" NOT "I didn't expect this to be so BAD") I would be amused to hear from them.The protaganist of this piece is identicle to Claurice Starling (Hello Claurice) which is unfortunate given that he is supposed to be a dude. After the first half of the book apologising to the local cops whose jurisiction he has entered Ryder suddenly smacks around a colleague for being sexist, and starts telling guys to PULL IT TOGETHER his raw manlyness shown with CAPITAL LETTERS.About the only thing of worth in this book is the relationship between the brothers (if you haven't clicked the detective and the villian are brothers) which doesn't get much page-time and is quickly soured but the absolute disgusting treatment of mental illness in this book.Now, I'm very much used to serial killer thrillers misusing mental illness and psychopathology to pen a good tale. Perhaps because he fails to write a good story, Kerley's representation of schizophrenia verges on Nazism, and the final scene of the story leaves acceptable suspension of disbelief about 5 leagues behind.The worst thing about Blood Brother is while reading it, one can't help but be aware of what the book is trying to be, it's trying to be politcally relevant. it's trying to be psychological, its trying to have a compelling (probably hoping for a reusable) main character, and in case you haven't been paying attention to this review Blood Brother fails on all counts.Rant over.

  • Eve Nolon
    2019-03-22 17:51

    I am not sure how a book that could have been so damned good turned out to be so damned bad. I suppose the first thing is that Carson Ryder has turned into a needy asshole who turns my stomach most of the time he's in the scene so I spend 90% of the book wanting him to die. Can this dude even be single? I hate the "girlfriend of the week" shit but most writers at least will let their characters be single off page between books, but not Carson Ryder! If Kerley were a better writer, I might believe that it's to signify that Carson feels abandoned and alone and must always be with a significant other to give him worth. Jeremy turns out to be not as interesting as I thought, although he's still the most interesting and complex character in the the book. I still like Harry, however, and I wish this series were actually written as a 50/50 partnership series so we could get out of Boy Wonder's head. Speaking of point of view, each book contains more and more third person points of view so it's making the first person point of view grate even more than usual. I don't know. I think it may be time to re-read some favorite books because it seems like nothing is pleasing me. This is the second series in a row that I thought would be great and turns out that it's barely readable. This is only book four but the details change on a dime. In one book, Carson was nine when his father was killed and now he's ten. Jeremy killed four women before confessing and now it's five. Four books in! How hard can it be to keep these details straight if a reader can do it.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-10 10:35

    This is the fourth book in the Carson Ryder series that I've read, and probably one of the most intense in the series. Carson is asked to go to NYC after his brother Jeremy escapes and heads to NY. He is suspected of killing Dr. Vangie Prowse the director of a mental institution in Alabama that housed many violently insane criminals, included Jeremy.Carson hides the fact that they are related until NYPD LT Alice Folger, someone who Carson finds himself with, is kidnapped by his brother to save her life from someone who is very much an evil man.The twists and turns of this book are fun to follow, but, they also take awhile to develop. You really believe that Jeremy was responsible for these killings until you read about what actually happened the day Jeremy killed his own father. We actually get to see that Jeremy was, in all actuality, brainwashed and not responsible for the deaths of the women he was accused of killing and finally opens up to the one person he starts to trust; Dr Prowse.I'm searching for the next book in the series through the Interlibrary system. Here's hoping we learn more about Jeremy and what makes him tick.

  • Ishmael Seaward
    2019-03-24 14:58

    I have enjoyed most of Kerley's books, and this is no exception.Carson Ryder is tapped to go to New York to help find a killer whose calling card is not too dissimilar to that of his brother, Jeremy, who escaped from a mental hospital. It also involves a sexist cop, and a female detective trying to prove herself.Jeremy, as described by Carson, is brilliant, with an IQ off the charts. He also is very good at spotting people who are slightly unbalanced so he can take advantage of them. Both attributes play a significant role in this thriller.The connections between Angie, Carson, and Jeremy require Carson to walk a tightrope. Why and how this is discovered leads to other revelations that helps bring closure for another cop.One of the characters I really like is Carson's partner, Harry, whose sense of color coordination is sort of tone deaf.I can't say too much more about the plot without giving it away. This is an entertaining read, enough so I will continue to read them.

  • Jim Bowen
    2019-03-25 15:00

    Blood Brother, by J.A. Kerley, is a pretty decent book. It's the story of an Alabama policeman who's asked to fly to New York to help with the murder of a psychiatrist from his state. She isn't your average psychiatrist either. She ran the state's asylum for the criminally insane.It turns out that it's actually the policeman's brother (and patient at the asylum) who's involved in the murder (and a number of other particularly gross murders that occur in the book). The NYPD naturally isn't that bothered if they catch dead or alive. Carson Ryder, the cop, isn't so keen on the dead idea, so tries to catch his brother before the police do. The Alabaman then sets off to do just that.On the face of it, the book is daft. Who's ever heard of a genius mass murderer being related to a bright cop for example? But that having been said, the pace of the story helps you forget its' basic daftness.If you can accept the basic silliness of the story, you'll enjoy this book.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-28 16:49

    Out of my three $10 specials, this is the pick (the other two being: The Death Chamber and The Lost Wife's Tale).The narrative is no-nonsense, its beat, pacy. This story reads like a fast walk bordering on a sprint Apparently Blood Brothers is part of a series about cop, Carson Ryder and his psychopathic brother, Jeremy, though reads well as a stand alone title.When psycho brother gets loose from the maximum securtiy nuthouse and heads to New York, women start turning up rearranged and very, very, dead. Ryder is brought in to track the killer, who, it would appear, is none other than Jeremy. What follows is a cat and mouse game, complete with a twist or two, that held my interest almsot till the end. (Due to the plot's predictability, I found my attention waning around page 300.)With shades of Dexter, and perhaps the slightest whiff of Silence of the Lambs, this book should please lovers of crime fiction, which I have to say isn't really my bag.

  • james
    2019-03-23 12:54

    This is a mystery, but it doesn't develop on the pages. The author wrote several mysteries in a series which features Mobile (AL) homicide detective Carson Ryder, who lives on the Gulf Coast. The mystery is why this book was so difficult to obtain. I usually borrow books from the local library which is excellent. This library has three of the Carson Ryder series but none of the most recent books. The library staff was able to borrow this book via InterLibrary loan. This copy came from England! The list contained almost 100 copies of the book in libraries in England and in Australia, but only a handful in America. No one seems to know why this should be.

  • Helen
    2019-03-21 12:38

    Kerley is fast becoming one of my favourite crime-thriller writers. The Carson Ryder series is so wonderfully readable, yet simultaneously manages to be smart and sufficiently gore-filled.This installment fleshes out the past of Carson's enigmatic and dangerously psychopathic brother Jeremy, who's escaped from the not-so-secure facility where he was being held, and is apparently doing some very nasty things to women in New York. But as always, things are not as they seem, as figures from the past come together to weave a tangled web of deceit, obfuscation and mixed motives.Great all round read.

  • Leon Muscat
    2019-04-10 12:42

    I really liked Jeremy and Carson. Especially Jeremy! :3And the way Carson wanted to protect and keep Jeremy alive, and vice versa, and yet still being on the 'cop' part was amazing. He's definitely not just on one side.The downparts: It would have been better if the writer wrote more about their relationship (them being brothers) because isn't that an important point of the story as well? the criminal and the cop being brothers. Though this is just my opinion. I just wanted them to have more interaction with each other especially now that Jeremy is 'outside'.And at most part, it was predictable. It is very easy to see how things would go.

  • Dorie
    2019-04-03 13:38

    I always enjoy Kerley's books, and this was no exception. Detective Carson Ryder is called from Alabama to New York City after a woman is found murdered and an "in case of emergency" video urges them to contact Carson. Carson's brother is a serial killer who murdered four women before being caught and imprisoned. Now he's escaped and it's up to Carson and the NYPD to find him. I really enjoyed this book. Jeremy is a fascinating character, and we learn quite a bit more about him in this book. Carson is a sympathetic and likeable character torn between his gratitude to his brother and his desire to be free of him.

  • Carly
    2019-04-04 11:37

    Still Reading a bit tough to get into at first but still I want to keep Reading I'm intrigued...... Read the book and wernt fussed on the way they worked the book talking from other peoples perspectives and how they kept jumping back to the past all the tieme, but I suppose it fid give the book a better thought out story that way but st times it wax confusing. It is the first book i have read by this author but I think I will buy mire from the same series, really interesting book brilliant plot and great characters!! Once I'd got through the first two chapters I was glued found it extremley hard to put down a thouroghly good read x

  • Mary Gilligan-Nolan
    2019-04-13 16:44

    Again, another great novel by Jack Kerley. Carson Ryder is asked to come to New York, to consult on a case and it turns out he knows the victim, who is brutally murdered. The murder victim leaves a video recording asking if anything should happen to her, Carson should be called in to investigate. Added to this, other women start to turn up murdered in the same way and Carsons insane brother, Jeremy, is in New York, having escaped from the secure unit he resides in. It's a race against time for Carson to find his brother, keep the fact secret he is his brother and stop the killings. Loved it.

  • Mark
    2019-03-21 11:39

    A really good crime thriller and an original concept compared to some of the same old same old crime novels that are out there.The main character was very likable and a refreshing change to the one dimensional cliched characters that you usually find investigating the crimes in these type of books. A few spelling mistakes in the text though but I can overlook that. One little moan is that the end wasn't the climax that it could have been. I haven't read any of the other books in this series though and I'm not sure if I'll get round to. But still a very enjoyable read on its own.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-19 17:36

    I thought this book offered a strong plotline but also a development of the main character/s of the series. I read the book in a day because I just couldn't put it down, not only for the whodunnit aspect but also for the connection between Carson Ryder and his brother Jeremy. I love that Ryder is distrubed and disgusted by his brother but at the same time he protects him. There were a number of plot twists which kept me guessing as to the outcome and left me wanting to get back to the book ASAP.

  • Jacqueline King
    2019-04-14 15:44

    This should've been the one to make this series for me. Instead, it was consistent with the Jack Kerley formula. Such an interesting premise (aside from the semi-boring cop Carson) should have blown my socks off. With a killer already on the loose, adding another crazed psycho to the mix ie. the lead detectives brother previously confined to a mental institution, should have caused chaos. But it just didn't explode the way I wanted it too. Consistent but bland.

  • Zauberlehrling!
    2019-03-28 15:36

    Das war mal ein spannender Krimi. Die Geschichte war gut initiiert und so aufgebaut, dass man nicht sofort weiss wer der Moerder ist, aber auch nicht so verheddert, dass man die Lust am Lesen verliert. Ich konnte es teilweise kaum zur Seite legen und habe manchmal bis tief in die Nacht gelesen, bloss um an einem Punkt halt zu machen, wo ich guten Gewissens unterbrechen konnte, ohne das Gefuehl zu haben, dass ich was verpasse. Sehr zu empfehlen.

  • Lynsay Tervit
    2019-04-01 14:44

    I quite liked this book!I got throught it quite fast, but I foudn the pacing really good, lots of twists and turns, and the story never feels stagnant, which is good!It's not a difficult read, which is part of the reason I think I got through it so quickly, but its enjoyable. I would recommend this to thriller fans, its got some gory bits but its good!!After reading it, I would go and get other books from this author, which i think says a lot in itself.

  • Mary G.
    2019-03-26 13:50

    This book was a welcomed edition to the Carson Ryder series. It certainly added information to the back story of Ryder and his brother Jeremy. The book further developed Vangie Prowse. In the book Kerley moved the action to New York, where Ryder is called in to investigate the death of Prowse. The primary suspect is Jeremy.The book was actioned packed and the characters fully developed.

  • Jaime Lee
    2019-03-21 12:01

    I really enjoyed the previous Carson Ryder books but could not bring myself to finish this one.In one word it was boring. I couldn't care about the characters or the storyline. Not one thing about the plot made me want to continue to find out what happens.Very disappointing because I loved the other novels so much.

  • Tracy Fenwick
    2019-04-01 14:44

    This was an excellent read. It finally explained Jeremy's background and the story behind the 'crimes' he was put away for. The change of scenery for this was a refreshing change also - although still keeping Harry in the picture.This is turning into a great series of books - don't give up after the first one, they get better!

  • Monica
    2019-04-05 16:03

    Surprisingly not a bad book, especially considering that it's the 4th book of the series and I haven't read 1, 2 or 3. Lots of season 1 Dexter vibes, which is definitely not a bad thing. Quick pace, good characters, good storytelling - I find myself pleasantly surprised.