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Blood Oath

Blood Oath, April 2019
Alexandra Cooper
by Linda Fairstein

Dutton
400 pages
ISBN: 1524743100
EAN: 9781524743109
Kindle: B07CR26K3Y
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Alexandra has to take on a very powerful man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants."

Fresh Fiction Review

Blood Oath
Linda Fairstein

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted March 26, 2019

Thriller Crime | Mystery Legal

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper is faced with trying to bring down a very powerful man in BLOOD OATH, a man that years ago groomed a young witness in a case. Now Lucy, the young woman, wants the man who used her brought to justice. But, how to prove what really happened all those years ago? It's just her word against the man in question. And, Lucy hasn't the best of reputation. Alexandra also has to deal with a personal blow when a friend of her mysteriously collapses on the street seemingly struck by a seizure.

The theme of this book, the grooming of a young girl by an older man is a theme that fits well in the "me too" era that we are living in now. Lucy, the young girl, had already survived a traumatic experience only to fall prey to a man who was supposed to protect her. Now, she wants justice, only the man in question is now a very powerful man, and he will not let anyone destroy his career. This story really felt poignant and so in time.

BLOOD OATH is a book that takes its time before the action starts, but at the same time, it's never boring. It perfectly introduces the characters, and you get to know more about Lucy and what happened to her ten years ago. This is the 20th book in the Alexandra Cooper series and I've read several books, and I found this book to be one of best in the series. Not only is the case about Lucy interesting, but we also have the side story about the friend of Alexandra who is suddenly struck down. What happened to her? A sudden illness? Or is it something worse? All I will say is that the last part of the story is really thrilling. On a side note, it was interesting to get to know more about Manhattan's Rockefeller University. Linda Fairstein always adds interesting facts about New York in her books, and that always feels like a bonus to me who loves history.

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SUMMARY

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein explores the depths of Manhattan's secretive Rockefeller University in this timely, captivating thriller about the deep--and often deadly--reverberations of past sins.

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence, and not a moment too soon. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But even she can't anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial . . . and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time.

Yet Lucy's isn't the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague's abusive conduct behind closed doors and another's violent, mysterious collapse. As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan's Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways . . . and unless she can uncover the truth, the life-saving facility just may become her grave.


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