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Bound by Vanda Symon

Genre: Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Orenda Books
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About The Book

The passionate, young police officer Sam Shephard returns in a taut, atmospheric and compelling police procedural, which sees her take matters into her own hands when the official investigation into the murder of a local businessman fails to add up…
The New Zealand city of Dunedin is rocked when a wealthy and apparently respectable businessman is murdered in his luxurious home while his wife is bound and gagged, and forced to watch. But when Detective Sam Shephard and her team start investigating the case, they discover that the victim had links with some dubious characters.
The case seems cut and dried, but Sam has other ideas. Weighed down by her dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis, and by complications in her relationship with Paul, she needs a distraction, and launches her own investigation. And when another murder throws the official case into chaos, it ’s up to Sam to prove that the killer is someone no one could ever suspect.


My Thoughts

A home invasion is something that we are all afraid of, being robbed while we are sleeping in our bed must leave a horrible feeling of insecurity… This is the case of this book, the problem is that the family being “robbed” are killed too, or at least that’s what the police think when they start investigating. But our detective Sam Shephard, one of the best fiction detectives you’ll find, thinks that the case is much more than a robbery. As soon as she starts investigating, she discovers that the family had contacts with criminals, thus the whole case takes a darker turn. 
This is the fourth book of the Sam Shephard series, you can read it as standalone, but this is Sam, the most brave, funny and intelligent detective you’ll ever find, believe me, the books are worth the read!
I really don’t know how Vanda Symon always creates these non-stop crime books, this is a series I already know the background of the characters and their stories, making me more addicted and invested in the plot.
The change in Vanda has been slow, someone who didn’t want anyone on her side and now having a “secret” relationship with one of her co-workers is a big improvement! She will have to face some personal problems in this story too, but I don’t want to say too much… Of course not all the characters are so nice or likable, but I don’t like either everyone around me, so it makes the story more real, and hoping that karma really exists!
I really don’t want to talk much about the case, you just need to know that it’s twisted and intelligent, it will not disappoint you.
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About The Author

Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and has also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.