Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1) by Victoria Selman

Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1)

Ziba Mackenzie profiles killers. Now one is profiling her.Rush hour, London. A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, ex-special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message: He did it. You have to tell someone.When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for twenty-five years, Ziba is pulled into the hunt for the perpetrator. As th...

Details Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1)

TitleBlood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1)
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1)

  • Misty
    Blood for Blood was both a page-turner and a disappointment. What began as an edge-of-your-seat read quickly deteriorated into a muddled pool of feints and missteps. The book starts on a commuter train where Ziba MacKenzie is engaged in people-watching. It’s clear that she is keenly observant as she relates the minute details of her fellow passengers and silently passes judgement on each. The reader learns that MacKenzie is a successful indepen...
  • Christopher
    It's rare that a single side-character causes me to cut a book rating in half, but here we are. One of these days I'm going to read a book with a strong, independent female lead. 2018 wasn't a good year for me and such a book, but I entered 2019 ever hopeful. One might be fooled into thinking that this is one. But no. What we have instead is a woman still broken from the death of her husband. Which is fine. Could be great, even. It's a great oppo...
  • Liz Barnsley
    A proper serial killer thriller with a great main protagonist and a twisty page turner with some great writing. Part of my "First Monday Crime" reading so will review properly at a later date. Looking forward to the next in the series!
  • Kelly
    It has been a while since a book has intrigued me as much as this one had. I am fairly good at being able to call who the murderer is but this one had me guessing, then second guessing only to revert to my original suspect. And still I was incorrect. However, it wasn't because the murderer was random or completely unforeseen but because of the way the story was written and the focus on different details that are then disregarded as new ones come ...
  • Lynda Kelly
    This book was one of the two choices I made for the Kindle First offer for January. I've given up on it at 30%,'s full of military slang and I just got totally cheesed off having to keep looking up what she was on about. Especially as Ziba no longer works for the military. There's just no need for it and for me it ruined what is in essence an interesting story. Such a shame.She uses the word ass a lot as well when it should be arse...
  • Lisa Gray
    Blood for Blood is a fantastic debut from an exciting new author. A brilliant explosive opening is followed by a thrilling plot that kept me gripped and guessing to the end. As well as a pacy plot and an enjoyable mystery, the characterisation was superb. Ziba MacKenzie is a fresh and intriguing female lead with some cracking skills and some great one liners. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the series.
  • Krystal
    To begin with, how does book one in a series leave you feeling like you missed something? Was there a series prior to this where Ziba was a background character? The fact that I came into this novel simply hearing about her husband's death, I don't feel as though her grieving made me feel what I'm sure the author intended. Nor did I feel any strong feelings one way or another about her working with, or being around, his former friends and colleag...
  • Patiscynical
    I couldn't get into it at first..I almost didn't finish this First Reads pick for January, and that would have been a shame. But the phrasing was awkward, and I couldn't get into the characters. I persevered though, and I'm glad I did.Ziba MacKenzie is an ex-special forces operative turned profiler. She's also a recent widow in a world of pain. When the train she's traveling on is in a horrific accident she inadvertently catches the attention of ...
  • Suze
    Blood for BloodI'm glad I chose Blood for Blood for my January First Read, it's a great mystery thriller with the bonus that it is the first in a series.Ziba Mac is an endearing character, she is still grieving the loss of her husband Duncan two years ago. She gets caught up in the death of a woman killed in a train wreck that coincides with the reappearance of a serial killer after a twenty-five year hiatus. As a profiler she gets in the killers...
  • Dawn Molloy
    Story line was okay, but...... Story line was okay, but the style of writing was poor, with far too many unnecessary slang terms and expletives. Author seems to be trying too hard to shock or be 'hip' which spoilt what could have been a good book. If you can read past the silliness, you may quite enjoy it.
  • Barbara
    Amazon have spoiled Prime members this month with a new year double-whammy of not one but two 'first read' picks and this was one of mine.Ziba MacKenzie is a Special Forces veteran and a specialist in criminal profiling. Like every good superhero she has a talent (profiling, understanding human behaviour) and an Achilles heel (her grief over the murder of her husband). We meet her on a London suburban train just as it's about to crash with catast...
  • George P.
    Ziba MacKenzie is a criminal profiler who consults with Scotland Yard. On her way to dinner one night, the train she’s riding collides with a derailed tanker car, killing more than a dozen and wounding several hundred. Though injured herself, Ziba comforts a dying woman who with her last breath whispers an enigmatic confession: “He did it.” Who did it? What did he do? And why? are the questions Ziba asks herself.But these questions get push...
  • Sabrina Grace
    A grieving profiler receives a cryptic message from a dying woman after the train they are on crashes. Ziba, the profiler is a special forces vet. She is invited to work with Scotland Yard when a long dormant serial killer suddenly becomes active a gain. Her pursuit reveals surprising connections and puts her in jeopardy. This was certainly a readable serial killer yarn but was damaged by some plot issues, info dumps and a subtle but noticeable a...
  • M
    One of the Best, New Female-Cop ProtagonistsThis book starts off like gangbusters, introducing Ziba MacKenzie who’s on a rush-hour train when an explosion tears through it. Only 6% into the book and I know Ziba is an excellent profiler, who self-assesses her injuries, gives advanced first aid, works with injured and dead, was once “out in the field” in a desert, knew super glue closed lacerations, cusses like a man, probably worked with mos...
  • Tom Stretton
    An amazing start to a new series of books. The beginning of this story is absolutely breathtaking. It begins with our Heroine, Ziba Mackenzie, getting on an ill fated train in London. When the terrible fate of that train occurs we learn that Ziba has a certain set of skills that she's learned in her former calling as a special forces profiler and when a dying woman on the train tries to pass on a final message to Ziba, a whole long line of occurr...
  • Carly Jerome
    I found a lot of issues with this book. First, it always bothers me when strong female characters aren’t written as people. In other words, a common trope is to have the female character solo. NEWSFLASH: women aren’t any less powerful when they ask for or accept help. Many pages were fluff - it seemed more like the author was trying to reach a certain number of pages rather than writing to move the plot forward. The author also restates thing...
  • Kathrine McAlpine
    Profiling and police workIt is good to read a crime story where the lead character is a woman. Making Ziba McKenzie a profiler rather than a detective was an interesting twist. The novel was slow to get going, it switched between Ziba and an unidentified individual with disordered thoughts. Once the rush to identify the perpetrator intensified and concentrated on detective work it became more exciting. I liked the author giving the reader clues a...
  • Richard
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is well written; our author plays us, as readers, like an instrument, with highs and lows, twists and turns, all timed exceedingly well.Yes there is an unnecessary romance, that does feel somewhat tacked on/inserted at the end.There are others that complain about a plot point being unbelievable. In the US, agreed. In the UK of 10-20 years ago, totally believable. This isn't a US story told with the street...
  • Joan Buell
    Definitely a "can't put it down" book.A debut novel that is very well written, and keeps the reader in suspense throughout. The protagonist is a criminal profiler, working with Scotland Yard to find and stop a serial killer. We are shown enough of her personal life and inner struggles to really care about her. The world she deals with is sordid, though, and their are some gory descriptions and bad language..It is fascinating to be inside the mind...
  • Susanne
    This was an Amazon First Reads for January.To me this is a solid 3-star book, it's good without being great, there are some significant flaws, but overall enjoyable, and promising for a debut.A couple of things that bothered me:- a lack of editing. More than once the same turn of phrase is being used over and over, "it was stupid oh hundred hours", or unnecessary information that only slows down the narrative.- too much information about other se...
  • Rachael
    This story was interesting and kept me reading. Some of the twists were hard to guess, but I found the main character to just be annoying. Like "well actually you're wrong. I know that because I was in special forces unlike all these civvies". I found her to be a bit of a Mary Sue - yes she is a profiler, but she's surrounded by seasoned detectives, why is she the only one who seems to have ideas that ~break the case? She notices normal things or...
  • Nita P
    Guts & gore plus psychological problemsThis book gave an insight into the life of a profiler who gets called for serial killers. Ziba has her own demons, still grieving over the loss of her husband. It was interesting but not one I couldn't put down. It is best read with an e-reader to look up the meaning of a lot of British words that are used. It would likely be best if the reader were not an impressionable person. A sequel would likely be a ne...
  • Tony Giannattasio
    Interesting but very BritishThe mystery did not get my attention and interest until about half way through the novel. For me there were far too many British colloquialisms scattered throughout the book. This slowed down my reading as i tried to fathom what she meant. The last half of the book moved at a faster pace. I must say the main protagonist was not avery interesting character or one that i cared about. If you enjoy mysteries then you could...
  • Tie
    Really good - kept me guessingGreat storyline. It took me a while to figure out who the murderer was. There were enough possible killers to keep me guessing until late in the book. Well written overall, but I was sometimes confused by the timelines. There were times when the main character did things that didn't fit with her background, but I guess that was part of the effect of her past tragedies.
  • Cheryl
    WowOk, here is what I love! Twists in plot. I love surprises and this one has got some goodies. Really well written, a perfect back and forth from killer to profiler. And little things mentioned that show up later, and you go, "oh yeah, clever girl!"BUT c'mon with the spelling! It was hard to get past misspelled words. I'm no spelling bee champion but those did bother me. Still, a darn good way to pass an afternoon or two. It kept me interested.
  • Cathi Christina
    I had to force myself to finish this book. Way too many English chintzy phrases and unnecessary abbreviations. Too often using big words that are not necessary and make the writing just hard to follow. If you are English the. All of this might not be a big deal but I did not feel the story moved well and continued to go on and on on just to continue to dwell on her "pain" of loosing her husband.
  • Rosie Harris
    This book should come with a warning: Will keep you up long into the night!A 'just one more chapter', fast-paced thriller that kept me on my toes and turning the pages. The main character (a profiler called Ziba Mackenzie who used to be in the special forces) is fantastic and I cannot WAIT to read the next book in the series!
  • Joanne
    Pleasantly surprised at a book I picked up through a Kindle deal. Excellent writing that bring you right along with the characters. I sometimes get a bored by the "damaged female detective" trope, but found myself not being annoyed by this one - probably due to the tight plotting and well written characters. Have pre-ordered the next one.
  • Amanda
    I wound up skimming this one. It just didn’t speak to me after the first few pages. I didn’t like the way the protagonist talked, and I had figured out all the plot twists within the first third of the book. Plus, how can you be ex-special forces AND a catcher of famous serial killers/famous freelance criminal profiler while only in your early thirties? Do you start when you are fifteen?
  • Ledora Mcclain
    What A Wonderful first!I am totally astounded by this book. The people are so well fleshed they could be your neighbor. I Love all the characters especially the heroine. She could be your friend! The way her mind works is outstanding. Can't wait to read her next book. I've found another Author I Love!