Blood Secrets


When Alexandra Sabian sinks her teeth into an investigation, she doesn’t let go.

Alex allowed a case of murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.

ISBN-13: 978-0-553-59268-9
ISBN-10: 0-553-59268-8

Publisher: Bantam Books
Format: Paperback
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $7.99


“Holmes’ follow-up to her intriguing debut is another taut thriller, as her gutsy heroine must face the fallout from her previous actions. Murder most creepy is once again plaguing Jefferson, Miss., as young women are disappearing. Politics also rears its ugly head as the subplot about the truth behind Alexandra’s family is slowly being revealed. Holmes does a great job building her alternate reality and the characters who inhabit it. Especially well done is the complicated relationship between Alexandra and Varik.” (4 stars) – Jill M. Smith, RT Book Reviews

“I think I blinked maybe five times while reading this story.” – What Book is That?

“This is a super dark police procedural urban fantasy starring a strong lead pair and a powerful support cast…” - Worlds of Wonder

“…the adventures Alex experiences in Blood Secrets are most definitely not for the faint of heart. … While there may be plenty blood, gore, and murderous violence, Holmes hasn’t forgotten to keep her readers intrigued on an intellectual and emotional level.” – YzhaBella’s BookShelf

“…the emotions are strong, the events disturbing, and the ending will tear at your heart making you beg for book 3.” – Urban Fantasy Investigations

“The police procedural aspects in both BLOOD SECRETS and BLOOD LAW before it are top notch.” – All Things Urban Fantasy

“Blood Secrets is a terrifically written, well paced story that combines Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, and a touch of Romance. Blood Secrets pulls you in, does not let go and leaves you wanting more.” – The Qwillery

“Holmes masterfully weaves together the various plot threads, resulting in a highly-suspenseful tale that keeps the reader flipping the pages to find out what happens next.” (4.5 tombstones) – Bitten By Books

“All in all Blood Secrets is an amazing read. If you have ever read and enjoyed any Crime Mystery/Thrillers like Tess Gerritsen then you will absolutely love this series. … Deep and dark this is a great Paranormal Urban Fantasy that will appeal to lovers of Jennifer Estep, Yasmine Galenorn and Jaye Wells.” – Amberkatze’s Book Blog