Natalie R. Collins' thriller, Ties that Bind, is a riveting story of the evil that can dwell unseen in a community, and the evil that can destroy families. It's a compelling story of a woman forced to look at her own family history for answers to a contemporary mystery. And, the truth isn't what she expected.
When Jeremiah Malone died, it shocked everyone in Kanesville, Utah that the stake president's son would commit suicide. Police Detective Samantha Montgomery saw it differently. She saw it as the third troubling "suicide" of three teens in town, deaths she couldn't accept as suicides. But, those deaths brought back terrible memories of the death that destroyed Sam's family, the hanging death of her older sister, Callie, when Sam was only six. Her mother never recovered from the death, one older sister left town and one married a fellow Mormon the minute she could. Callie's death left the young Sam isolated and alone.
Sam Montgomery is the first woman detective in the history of Kanesville, a town controlled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons. Although Sam's father was prominent in the local church before his wife's illness, Sam left the church, and left town. She worked in Salt Lake City on an undercover assignment as a rookie officer until a case involving polygamists went horribly wrong. Her story is that she returned home to work and help her parents. But, Sam has demons to lay to rest.
Assigned to the investigation of the teen deaths, Sam is angered and shocked to find Detective Gage Flint from the Salt Lake City Police Department is backing her up on the case. Gage was part of the Salt Lake City case that ended badly, and Sam still blames him for pulling her from that case. However, one reason she is still angry is her attraction to Flint. It's an attraction she fights as she tries to win control of the case, one she is convinced is a murder investigation, not a case about teen suicides.
Collin's Ties that Bind takes Sam Montgomery into a world that reveals more than she suspected about her own family. The death of Sam's sister, Callie, destroyed their family. Now, years later, as other teens die, Sam fears there could be a connection to the past.
Collins takes readers into the heart of evil and obsession in this powerful drama. Pick up Natalie R. Collins' Ties that Bind when you have time for an absorbing, intense story. This isn't a book you'll want to put down before you finish.
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