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***** and Form in Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

***** by the mystery and suspense novelist ***** Sheldon is a n*****il-biting mystery thriller told from multiple perspectives of a cast ***** different characters, all with slightly shady pasts, all with a reason to want the young, beautiful, determined—but slightly na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, the soon-to-be **********, twenty-four-year old Elizabeth Roffe ("tragically" born a girl, in her fa*****r's eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-doll*****r drug company, ***** ***** Sons after ***** father's suspicious death (***** 101).

Although she is at the helm of ***** company, four of her cousins are still co-owners of the company. All of them ***** to make money, quickly, so they pressure her to make the company public, but Elizabeth wants to retain control over the fortune and power she has just in*****ited, even if this may ***** the company's fi*****ncial backers choke over their morning c*****fee. After all, a woman has never stood at the helm of Roffe and *****. Elizabeth will not bend to ***** pressure and instead relies upon the guidance of her trusted advisor Rhys Williams.

The cousins vying for ***** *****in the company all have d*****ferent backgrounds, ***** ***** have good reasons for disliking Elizabeth, although some ***** them, such as Alec, were kind to Elizabeth when she was a younger child. As well *****s detailing the different bru*****s with de*****h ***** experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks of the bizarre lives of the likely suspects. Th***** creates a sense of suspense, because ***** reader is ***** sure if he or she ***** identifying ***** a possible killer or psychop*****th, as the ***** unf*****s. It is clear early on that the stakes are high and Elizabeth's life is in danger because of the power ***** assumes—but from whom?

The reader alternately feels sympathy with and repulsion for all of the ***** cousins, as his or her perspective moves from ***** of ***** British, womanizing *****, Parisian Helene and her husb***** Charles (who "married her for her name and ***** money") from Paris, the German Anna from Berlin who is married to a man thirteen years her junior, ***** Italian Ivo (Sheldon 70; 282). The author tries to make the occasionally confusing plot line, back story, and the many characters less so by titling the different chapters by location ***** when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). This also ***** a sense of excitement, ********** things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while ***** ot***** times ***** leisurely detours into the past. When there are more extended scenes these scenes ***** to increase in weight and importance, such as the scene in which Eliza*****th learns that she h***** been ***** the majority of her fa*****r's stock in the company.

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