Blood Oath

Blood Oath

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"New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein explores the depths of Manhattan's secretive Rockefeller University in this timely, captivating thriller about the deep--and often deadly--reverberations of past sins. Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence, and not a moment too soon. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But even she can't anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial...and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time. Yet Lucy's isn't the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague's abusive conduct behind closed doors and another's violent, mysterious collapse. As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways...and unless she can uncover the truth, the life-saving facility just may become her grave"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524743109
1524743100
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fairstein 2019
F FAIRSTEIN
Characteristics: 355 pages : map ; 24 cm

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KABETKA54
Jun 16, 2019

This novel is unrepresentative of the prior books in the series. Alex Cooper and her peers have stilted dialogue and the action seems very scripted. The characters are unlikable, including Alex herself, and I stopped reading after 3/4 of the book. As this Linda Fairstein series have been my absolute favorite for years, this single novel was a real disappointment. Try prior books for a good read!

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USAF1969
May 06, 2019

Linda Fairstein's BLOOD OATH is another very engaging story starring Alex Cooper. Fairstein has a way of setting up her stories in such a way that you can begin seeing alternative ways it will play out almost from the beginning. In this case, she starts with a young woman who approaches Alex Cooper wanting to expose a man who raped her when she was a young teenager. The problem is, she may (or may not) be a reliable witness for her own case. Cooper is convinced the crime happened and works hard throughout the novel to separate facts from fiction and to be able to verify the facts with credible evidence. I like Fairstein's approach and I like this book in particular because different scenarios keeping popping up as ways Cooper and victim's case could go sideways in a hurry - right up to the end. Great ending though. Great read.

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DT_kcls
May 05, 2019

I am very conflicted in my opinion of 'Blood Oath'.

I found the beginning of the story was very confusing. It was hard to tell which of the conversations of the beloved characters were angry, which were sarcastic and which were loving kidding amongst great friends. The characters just did not sound like themselves. I couldn't tell if it was purposefully written in that chaotic way to reflect the recent trauma's that affected Cooper or is an indication of an author losing interest in her.

I found it hard to like the female victim and difficult to judge her honesty. I kept waiting for some surprise that blows up the narrative and turns the entire premise of the novel on its head. It was hard to trust her and, for me, it was equally hard to trust the nurse (Billy). Was he good? Was he bad? I sure couldn't decide. As 'Blood Oath' moved forward, after a lot of wandering, some of that was resolved.

I thought the descriptions of sexual exploitation was like reading a textbook explanation rather than reading the passion Alex Cooper usually brings to her life's work fighting it.

Ultimately, 'Blood Oath' weaves into a compelling story, but I found the ending incomplete, especially in regard to the victim. The entire book is premised on this victim yet the ending revolves around Cooper.

In my book reviews I often note how badly other authors write about city histories and landmarks compared to the compelling way Linda Fairstein does about New York City in these Alexandra Cooper novels. This time she let me down. The descriptions were not her expected vividly written descriptions that allow us to see what she sees in her love for that history, but instead was dry, rote and rather boring. As she took time to specifically acknowledge and thank several people who spent hours telling her about the landmark in 'Blood Oath' I am disappointed she didn't express far more of the enthusiasm we've come to know through past books.

3.5 Stars: I don't feel 'Blood Oath' was written well. I'm hoping this is a one off and not indicative of future Alex Cooper novels. For those for whom 'Blood Oath' is their first Fairstein/Cooper novel, I also hope that they have the opportunity go back and start at the beginning in 1996 with 'Final Jeopardy' and move forward to 2019. You will not be sorry you did.

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fantasyqueen
Apr 15, 2019

Another winner from Linda Fairstein. I hadn't read any of her books for awhile and then this one got me hooked on Alex Cooper all over again. Ms Fairstein is truly a gifted storyteller

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