Book Review “Blood Pact” by Heather Atkinson


Gangland Thriller based in Scotland. Book 4 in the Gallowburn series


Blood Pact

To survive, they’ll need to stick together…

After the defeat of the rival Gordon and Thompson families, the Blood Brothers’ reputations as feared lieutenants of the McVay clan are firmly established. The Gallowburn has become an untouchable stronghold in their capable hands.

However, danger rears its head in another form – Jamie’s deadliest foe, Cameron Abernethy. Still fighting to be released from prison, Cameron decides to use the Lawson family, the Blood Brothers’ biggest rivals, to discover his daughter’s whereabouts.

With his enemies getting closer, and the police on his tail too, Jamie has some impossible choices to make. This is his last chance to live the life he’s dreamed of with the woman he loves, but first he’s got to make sure he’s not caught or killed…

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Well Phew what an absolute thrilling read Blood Pact is! I feel battered and bruised, like most of the characters in this book. A brutal story of survival of the fittest. There’s back stabbing aplenty with enemies around every corner. I LOVED IT!

As book 4 in the series I wasn’t sure if Heather could pull it off again but wow she pulled it off and then some. I was enthralled by Book 3 but Book 4 just blew my mind. The intensity shines out from every word and you can’t tear yourself away. The characters have grown superbly well throughout this series and Jamie has come into his own as a strong leader of the Blood Brothers. A loyal team, keeping Gallowburn a safer place to live. My favourite character though quickly became Logan, A quiet yet intelligent Blood Brother who is perhaps being lined up to take over from Jamie in the future. He is a sensitive soul who thinks before he leaps and I just really became drawn to him. The other two Blood Brothers add a brilliant level of humour and had me chuckling away with their banter and ribbing each other. I enjoyed the light and dark dark shade running through the plot and boy does it keep you on it’s toes.

The dazzling end genuinely caught me off guard and unquestionably was the best ending. Fast paced drama through out but it really picks up the pace, if that’s possible, towards the end. Jamie is totally up against it, with enemies trying to finish him off, even from inside prison. Does he really stand a chance?

Blood Brothers is a vivid and violent story of Scottish Gangland, the lives of the people involved are all damaged in one way or another and their strong will and danger radiates from each and every page. Be prepared for the read of your life, its an absolute cracking thriller and now I need a cuppa and some deep breathing.

Author Bio –

Heather Atkinson is the author of over fifty books – predominantly in the crime fiction genre. Although Lancashire born and bred she now lives with her family, including twin teenage daughters, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. Her new gangland series for Boldwood, set on the fictional Gallowburn estate in Glasgow begins with the title Blood Brothers and was published in December 2020.

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With Thanks for the Advance copy to……

Rachel Gilby

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