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Defying Evil (Blood is Thicker Than…, #1) by Abbie Roads



He’s the son of a serial killer.
She’s his father’s only surviving victim.
He’s obsessed with her.
She’s frightened of him.
Before it’s all over they’ll need each other to survive.

Cain Killion’s life has revolved around blood. From a childhood of torture by his father, to his gruesome ability to solve crimes. When a current case is directly connected to his past, there’s only one person with answers.

But she isn’t talking, and the bodies are stacking up. The only solution… Kidnap her.

Defying Evil is the first book in the Blood is Thicker Than Series of dark romantic thrillers. It features a man tortured by his past who never thought he was capable of love. If you devour edge of your seat thrillers and romance novels, you’ll love a series that combines both in a roller-coaster ride of mind games and tragic love.

Trigger warning: Depictions of violence.

Previously published until the title Saving Mercy.

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This is the first book in the Blood is Thicker Than… Series and boy, is it a trip. Serial killer. Serial killer’s son. Serial killer’s one surviving victim. Need I say more?

He abhorred the sight of blood, and yet here he was, standing in another murder house in front of another wall smeared, splattered, and sprayed with gore.

Cain Killion, the son of a notorious serial killer, is the main character in this story. His father, Adam Killion, was caught and imprisoned after his killing spree, leaving Cain to bear the weight of his father’s sins. Cain and his partner and good friend Mac are hunting down a copycat killer and it leads to Mercy Ledger. Mercy is Adam Killion’s only surviving victim who is being emotionally tortured by a corrupt sociopath in a psychiatric ward of the very hospital where Adam Killion worked during his killing spree. The story brings together two individuals who have been touched by death in very different ways. As the story progresses, we see their relationship develop, and the question arises: will finding the killer bring them together or tear them apart?

While the story has some similarities to the television series Prodigal Son, with the son of a serial killer as the main character, Cain’s unique and bizarre way of tracking the killer adds a fascinating twist to the plot. The relationship between Cain and Mercy is an interesting premise. However, their self-sacrificing behavior, although understandable, can become repetitive at times. Nonetheless, the kicker at the end comes as a big surprise, leaving readers wanting more. 

The supporting characters in this novel are what make the story truly captivating. The fine lines between good and bad have readers guessing throughout the book. The “bad” characters are truly evil, and the “good” characters are not without their flaws.

Overall, this psychological suspense thriller is definitely worth the read. While the story may not be the most original, the unique twist on tracking the killer and the supporting characters make it stand out. The surprise ending will have readers eager to pick up the next book in the series and uncover the secrets of the serial killer’s past.

Thank you to Ms. Roads for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Abbie RoadsAbbie Roads is the best-selling author of the Fatal Dreams Series and the Fatal Truth Series. Her novels have been finalists in many prestigious contests including The Golden Heart, The Greater Detroit Booksellers Best, The Oklahoma National Readers’ Choice Award, The Write Touch, The Strut Your Stuff Contest, The Aspen Gold Contest, The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, The Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, The Midnight Sun, The Kathryn Hayes Contest, The Chanticleer, The Daphne du Maurier, The National Readers’ Choice Award, The New England Readers’ Choice Contest, The Beverly Award, and The Maggie Award. Her debut novel Race the Darkness was Publishers Weekly Top 10 Pick for Fall and Never Let Me Fall is an Amazon Editor’s Pick.

By day Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor always focusing on the bright side. By night she writes on the dark side, putting her characters through the wringer before she gives them their happily-ever-after. She loves a good inspirational quote and is a fan of true crime.

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