Review: Bloodlines by Lynn Lipinski


Fired from his job at the Tulsa Zoo, 26-year-old Zane Clearwater wakes from an alcohol-and cough syrup-induced blackout to learn his mother was killed the night before in a fire in their trailer-park home. Zane has no memory of that night-could he have set the blaze? The police have a lot of questions, but so do Zane and his 14-year-old sister Lettie. When he gets a mysterious text that indicates everything his mother told him about her past was a lie, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that results in meeting his supposedly long-dead father. Jeremiah Doom has a dangerous streak as long as the Arkansas River and a shady, secretive life. Zane may share his father's Cherokee blood, but can he battle against the anger and violence that also lurks beneath the surface of his own skin? Is Zane destined to repeat the sins of his father?

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My 3 Star Review

I am always intrigued by suspense thrillers. Some are beyond great. Some are good. Some, not so much. This book falls in the good category. There is enough mystery and unanswered questions to keep you reading from start to finish.

This isn't just a murder mystery. There is a little hint of supernatural thrown in. We have a murder plot of who or what did it? As the story unfolds, many truths from the past arise that make the characters question who they are and who their mother really was.

Overall, this story had enough suspense to keep me interested. It was a fairly quick read for me. I was able to read it in one sitting. Although some of it was a little far fetched for me, everything fit and flowed. The characters were easy to connect to. The plot flowed.


Lynn is a writer and editor who pens non-fiction for a living and mystery fiction for fun. 

Favorite writing projects in the past few years include a speech on the history of the Internet, a blog about wearing a monkey costume at work and a mystery novel set in her hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her nonfiction feature stories on topics ranging from a bad dental school experience to electricity deregulation have been published in the Los Angeles Times, UCLA Magazine, arcCA, USC News, Trojan Family Magazine, UCLA Today and Aqueduct Magazine. 

Decades of living in Los Angeles have worn away the Okie accent, but not the affection for all things Oklahoma. She blogs occasionally about writing, PR, Oklahoma and travel at www.lynnlipinski.me. Her passport is filled with stamps and visas from all the places her jobs have taken her in the past four years, including Argentina, China, Czech Republic, Senegal, Singapore and South Africa.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and completed fiction and screenwriting classes through UCLA Extension, Writers Boot Camp and the 2010 Prague Summer Program of Western Michigan University. She's currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.

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