AWRW Book Review: Binds That Tie, by Kate Moretti

 Love ties. Murder binds.
bindsthattieMaggie never felt as though she belonged until Chris Stevens showed her what true happiness meant. Ten years into their marriage, miscarriages and infidelities have scarred them both. Despite their perfect-couple image, Maggie can’t look at Chris with anything but resentment. When a charismatic stranger offers the opportunity for a little harmless flirtation, she jumps into the game.

But charm soon turns to malice, and a deadly split-second decision forces Maggie and Chris onto a dangerous path fraught with secrets, lies, and guilt. With no one else to turn to—no one she dares trust—Maggie will ultimately learn just how binding marital ties can be.

Paperback, 340 pages
Published March 2014 by Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Adult Fiction, Suspense


       Author Kate Moretti 

“She hadn’t meant to kill him…”

Out on the town with girlfriends, and feeling a tad bold due to drink, Maggie flirts and accepts a drink from fellow bar-fly, Logan. One of her girlfriends gives Logan her number, despite the fact that she is married, and what began as harmless flirtation spirals out of control.

Maggie is literally flirting with disaster….

Logan persistently text messages her, and his neediness becomes more than overwhelming. Maggie NEEDS to put a stop to this. She finally changes her phone number, but it isn’t enough to stop Logan.

“Are you sorry you used me? Or sorry I won’t let you get away with it?

Logan barges his way into Maggie and Chris’s home, in the wee hours of the morning, drunk and confrontational. Unwilling to risk her marriage, Maggie takes a leaded crystal vase to his head, killing him. Her husband is left to pick up the pieces, and Logan’s body off their living room floor. Maggie’s story doesn’t add up…

“Chris felt a surge of hopelessness. They seemed unable to catch a break, their lives an endless loop of consequences.” 

And this is where the story begins.

Binds that Tie, by Kate Moretti is a novel about what binds people together. In Maggie and Chris’s case, it was murder. The story explores their tumultuous relationship, which included four miscarriages, an affair, lots of jealousy, and multiple betrayals. This is not a “light” read by an stretch of the imagination.

For those of you who are interested in the POV; the story is told through the point of view of both Maggie and Chris, switching off every chapter which made for a smooth transition. I kinda, sorta, really wish that there was a brief pov coming from Logan too, because I would’ve loved to have gotten into his head.

Speaking of Logan….*spoiler warning* don’t get me wrong, I loved this story, but why was Logan so hell-bent on Maggie, a woman he had spent one drunken night at a bar with? I thought by the end that we would find out that he had a severe form of mental illness, at least, to explain his obsession with Maggie. He barely knew her! And which one of Maggie’s dingbat friends gave him her number and address? I bet it was that meddler Mika…. She made it clear that she wasn’t Chris’s biggest fan. But, gee, thanks a lot Mika… send a drunk loser to your best friend’s house in the middle of the night. *End of spoiler warning*

Overall, if you like cover to cover suspense, twisted relationships, murder cover-ups, and loads of courtroom drama then Binds That Tie should be added to your TBR list! 🙂

*I was give an e-copy by the Author’s publicist in exchange for a thoughtful, honest, and fair book review.

Purchase Binds That Tie, here.

About The Author:

Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.


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