Essay - Bloodline Structure and Form in Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon Bloodline...


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Bloodline

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

***** by the mystery and suspense novelist Sidney Sheldon is a nail-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 ***** na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, ***** soon-to-be victimized, twenty-four-year old Elizabeth Roffe ("tragically" born a girl, in her fat*****'s eyes) is left the heiress of a multibillion-dollar drug company, ***** ***** Sons after her father's suspicious death (Sheldon 101).

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

The cousins vying for ***** *****in the company ***** have different backgrounds, ***** all have good reasons for disliking Elizabeth, although some ***** them, such as Alec, were kind to Elizabeth when she was a *****er child. As well *****s detailing the ***** brushes with de*****h Elizabeth experiences before she is apparently murdered, the story includes flashbacks of the bizarre lives of ***** likely suspects. This creates a sense of suspense, because the reader is ***** sure if he or she is identifying ***** a possible killer or psychop*****th, as the story unfolds. It is clear early on that ***** 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 Roffe cousins, as h***** or *****er perspective moves from that of the British, *****izing Alec, Parisian Helene and her husb***** Charles (who "married her for ***** name and her money") from Paris, the German Anna from Berlin who is married to a man thirteen years her junior, ***** Italian Ivo (***** 70; 282). The author tries to make the occasion*****y confusing plot line, back story, and the many characters less so by titling the different chapters ***** location ***** when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). This also creates a ***** of excitement, ********** things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while ***** ot***** times ***** lei*****ly detours into the past. When *****re 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 ***** her fa*****r's stock in the company.

Although the ***** identifies ***** all of ***** characters, there is a certain distance as *****, that creates a cool

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