Selected by iBooks as one of the 20 Best Books of April 2014.

Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping... and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom?

Desmond Edgars, Dominique’s big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murdering many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets...

Hilary Davidson's Blood Always Tells is a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong, by the multiple award–winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises.


RT Book Reviews: ***Selected as a Top Pick*** “Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel:Blood Always Tells is a heartfelt, energetic story about greed, entitlement and the unbreakable bonds between siblings who never stop believing in each other. Davidson also works in a subtle but effective subtext about racial politics that gives Blood Always Tells an extra boost.”

Criminal Element:Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.”

Quill & Quire: “As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose... With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.”

MysteryPeople: “This could be the Gone Girl of 2014.” (Selected as the Mystery Pick of the Month at Austin’s BookPeople)

Jen’s Book Thoughts: “Davidson may appreciate classic noir, but she's blazing new trails in the genre.”

Library Journal: “In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn.”

Dead End Follies:Blood Always Tells is the first post-Lily Moore novel for Hilary Davidson and it is a striking success. It's a book that takes chances and covers a spectacular emotional range... [it] is Davidson at her boldest, craftiest, most mature and most twisted.”

Kirkus Reviews: “Davidson’s Blood Always Tells remains a satisfying yarn about folks trying to surmount the limits of their heredity and circumstance, overcome the inevitability of fate and find the power within themselves to get beyond their own pains and feel compassion for others. This isn’t a story Ross Macdonald would have written, but he’d have felt affinity toward some of the damaged and sympathetic players it contains.”

Publishers Weekly: “[A] riveting standalone from Anthony Award–winner Davidson.”

Jenn’s Bookshelves: “Desmond shines through as a bright light what could have potentially been a dark and chilling storyline... Characters like this are a characteristic of Davidson’s writing; in each she takes you on a wild journey, introducing you to the worst members of society with that one character that serves as a ray of hope amidst all the chaos and depravity.”

Crimespree Magazine: “This is her finest work to date. The devilishly good plot twists will keep you guessing—just when you think you’ve got it worked out, Davidson zings you from another direction.”

The Globe & Mail: “This is her best mystery yet."

Suspense Magazine: “Fantastic... With extremely well-written characters and a fabulous plot, mysteries just don’t get better than this!”

Pickle Me This: “Hilary Davidson has nerve, in addition to skill, and in this, her first stand-alone novel, she’s made her mark and it’s truly first-rate.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “A striking departure from her series with travel journalist Lily Moore... engrossing.”

Words of Mystery: “Fast paced, very difficult to put down and thrilling up until the very last page.”

Crime Fiction Collective: “Gripping and suspenseful.  You may find yourself reading long into the night.”

Booklist: “Davidson does a good job keeping the reader off balance.”

Spiced Latte Reads: “Hilary Davidson definitely has an amazing talent for keeping the reader in the dark. I can't believe these twists actually got me... I enjoyed every single page.”


Blood Always Tells will surprise you at every turn. You think you know what’s going on... until you don’t. Hilary Davidson is the master of plot twists!” — Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

“A tale of revenge and redemption that keeps the reader guessing until the last page” — Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Missing You

“A terrific thriller with enough twists and shocks to keep you on the edge of your seat, not to mention a touch of wicked humour when you least expect it!” — Peter Robinson, bestselling author of the DCI Banks series and Children of the Revolution

“Readers may think they know where Hilary Davidson is going with Blood Always Tells, but they’ll be wrong time and again.  Davidson writes thrillers by her own set of rules and the result is a terrific, highly original read” — Gar Anthony Haywood, author of the Shamus Award-winning Aaron Gunner mystery series

“Intense and suspenseful, with a surprise around every corner. This tangled-web thriller of a family gone wrong, darkly noir and relentlessly sinister, is the definition of page-turner!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-, Anthony-, Macavity- and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author


Hardcover (ISBN 978-0765333544), Tor/Forge Books, April 15, 2014

Audiobook (ISBN 978-1629234786), narrated by Kirsten Potter, Dreamscape, April 15, 2014

Trade paperback (ISBN 978-0765333551), Tor/Forge Books, March 10, 2015

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