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Structure 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 of different characters, all with slightly shady pasts, all with a reason to want ***** young, beautiful, determined—but ***** na ve victim dead. At the beginning of the book, ***** soon-to-be **********, 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 (***** 101).

Although she is at the helm of the company, four of her cousins are still co-owners ***** the *****. All of them want 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 financial backers choke over their morning c*****fee. 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.

***** cousins vying for ***** within the company ***** have d*****ferent 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 different brushes 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 the reader is ***** sure if he or s***** i***** identifying with a possible killer or psychopath, as the story unf*****s. It is clear early on that ***** stakes are high and Elizabeth's life is in danger because of the power she assumes—but from whom?

The reader alternately feels sympathy with and repulsion for all ***** the ***** cousins, as his or her perspective moves from ***** of the British, womanizing *****, Parisian Helene and ***** husband Charles (who "married her for ***** name and her money") from Paris, ***** German Anna from Berlin who is married to a m*****n thirteen years her junior, and 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 ***** location ***** when the events are taking place, like "Istanbul, Saturday, September 5th Ten p.m." (Sheldon 1). T***** also ***** a sense of excitement, *****s things seem to be evolving on a moment-by-moment basis at times, while at ot***** times taking lei*****ly detours into the past. When there are more extended scenes these scenes ***** to increase in weight and importance, ***** as the scene in which Eliza*****th learns that she has been left the majority of her father's stock in the company.

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


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