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Blood Related

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
For over two decades, Detective Ray Truman has been searching for the killer, or killers, who have terrorized Portvale. Headless corpses, their bodies mutilated and posed, have been turning up all over the industrial district near the docks. Young female prostitutes had been the killer's victims of choice, but now other districts are reporting the gruesome discovery of dec ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 428 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Black Bed Sheet Books (first published December 18th 2011)
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Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
This book took me to dark places and on that journey I met some characters with permanent scar tissue upon their psyche. Characters who could indeed make for an interesting study into what makes a man do what he does and where the boundaries of humanity begins and ends. Written with a fresh new style that I found demanded my full attention and concentration to milk every single brilliant moment out of the text. This is not a light, skim-through book, this is a book for serious readers and will a ...more
Angela DeSilva
It seems to run in the family, thus the fitting title Blood Related! This is the story of Charlie and Caleb Cunningham a pair of brothers, twins in fact, who are sadistic prolific serial killers like their father and grandfather were. Ray Truman is the cop who is determined to bring them to justice whatever the cost. I really liked this book. It is fascinating with all the news reports and interviews interspersed within. Its very descriptive, great writing. This is not for the faint hearted, as ...more
Marianne Reid
Nov 29, 2013 Marianne Reid rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this gory, disturbing, creepy novel! William Cook weaves a highly detailed, well-researched tale about a family of serial killers, giving us chilling insight into the deranged minds of evil twins Caleb and Charlie.

While reading it, I remember telling my husband that sometimes I couldn't tell whose point of view I was experiencing. Some reviewers see this as a flaw, but to me, it was very disorienting and scary, in a positive way. Wouldn't it make sense for twins' psyches to be
Adrian (
Cooking up a treat!

If you are a fan of the serial killer genre then this read is not to be missed. It is the story of a psychotic family called the Cunningham's, and in particular Caleb. After his father's death, Caleb goes on a reign of terror and mutilation. It's gruesome reading. I imagine Mr Cook researched many serial killers intensely and this brings a real authenticity to the story. On the tail of Caleb is Ray Truman. A cop plagued by demons who will stop at nothing until he is rid of the
Simon Critchell
May 13, 2013 Simon Critchell rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and disturbing read

In Blood Related, William Cook takes his readers on a journey into the lives and minds of people that are so depraved and evil that by the end of it you can't help but be grateful he chose the pen over any other means of expressing the darkness that visits him. He has studied his subject and understands the nasty world he paints. He uses his knowledge to take you as uncomfortably close as you'd ever want to go into the realm of the serial killer ... Any closer and
William Malmborg
Mar 03, 2012 William Malmborg rated it it was amazing
Nurture or nature? Anyone involved in such a debate would probably have a hard time pinning an answer to this question when concerning the Cunningham twins Charlie and Caleb. Brought up by abusive parents, one of whom is a savage serial killer that often encouraged his children to take part in his horrible crimes; one could easily argue that the two were nurtured into the monsters they eventually become. At the same time it’s hard to say nature didn’t play a part because how else could one expla ...more
Colleen Wanglund
Nov 01, 2012 Colleen Wanglund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By William Cook
(2012 Black Bed Sheet Books; Tp 323 pgs; Kindle Edition 554 KB)

Caleb and Charlie Cunningham are twin brothers who each inherited a serial killer pathology. Their father was a suspected serial killer and their mother was insane, a drunk, and possibly an accomplice. After Charlie goes to prison and their father commits suicide, the full truth of the Cunningham’s legacy begins to present itself and Caleb’s turns his bloody fantasies into reality.
BLOOD RELATED is told pri
Lori Bradley
Nov 03, 2013 Lori Bradley rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, was so engrossing I literally couldn't put it down, I read it in 2 days. I found it an excellent story with quite chilling attention to detail, I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who likes a little bit of a bone chiller!!
William Bitner Jr.
Blood Related
Just finished reading "Blood Related" by William Cook. This was my first read by this amazingly talented author. This book was deliciously, poetically and darkly gruesome. It flowed throughout and I was taken in from the very first page to the very last page. This will not be my last read by this remarkably talented writer - I look forward to much more from him. Loved it....
For over two decades, Detective Ray Truman has been searching for the killer or killers who have terr
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
William Cook’s Blood Related delves into the mind and dark psychology of a serial killer named Caleb Cunningham. The story centers around Cunningham and his family who have all been connected to a series of brutal murders over a number of years. The story begins with a psychiatric overview and then progresses to Caleb’s version of events.

The format of the narrative is interesting in that it makes not two shifts, but several. The first chapter is a first-person perspective from a court appointed
Apr 19, 2012 Vix rated it really liked it
wow... where to start..
A simple story of a serial killing family.... but is it nature? nurture (or lack thereof)? or something else?
Set out with letters to a Court appointed Psychological Dr, newspaper articles and the fracturing mind of a serial killer this book is intense with capital letters.
You are made to feel like you are in the mind of Caleb as his Psyche fractures and encourages him to torture and kill....
You are allowed insights into why this happening, of the terrible childhood he had
T.W. Brown
Apr 16, 2012 T.W. Brown rated it really liked it
Blood Related by William Cook has a lot of really good things going for it. The pace is steady throughout and you really do feel like you have stepped through the "John Malkovich" portal into the mind of a very bad person. I like that the writer took chances throughout his story and made his central figure a bonafide sociopath. Too often there is an attempt to try and make the reader feel pity for a character telling the story of how they became a depraved killer. At no point do you feel that fo ...more
Newbee (JoAnn) Brown
Mar 02, 2012 Newbee (JoAnn) Brown rated it it was amazing
Great book... I really enjoyed it. Well writen and keeps you on the edge... Double lucked my doors and kept all the lights on!

First I'd like to say that I enjoyed the way the story was put together. Very well writen,flows well,easy to read and keep up with the people. Great job! Now with that said: I've added more locks to the doors. Nailed the windows shut. Adopted a big dog. Hang a sign out front " beware of snakes and other exotic animals". Loaded rifle by the front door. Loaded shot gun by
Debbie Allen
Feb 04, 2014 Debbie Allen rated it it was amazing
Blood Related is a psychological roller-coaster. I couldn’t put it down. The nature or nurture theme comes across strongly. Reflective of Caleb and Charlie Cunningham's disturbing family background and the outcome of what could be only described as twisted parenting. Parents (Ella and Vera’s) poison continues to bleed into the adult lives of two brothers. The madness of their crimes is chilling, and persistence of Ray Truman whose goal is to bring them to Justice - leads the story into an endles ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Syrena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ever
Blood Related reads like true crime but arises from the talented mind of William Cook.
Written in first-person narrative from Caleb’s point-of-view this story is vivid and dramatic. Caleb has a killer father, crazy mommy and a twisted twin. William took me on a journey; a dark ride that put me in the car with a family who exhibits the most depraved inner tenets. Blood Related is a non-stop killing spree that spans three generations.
Daddy (Errol) mentors the psychopathic pair with a lifestyle tha
Wesley Thomas
May 10, 2016 Wesley Thomas rated it it was amazing
A superbly sick and twisted horror novel that delves into a dark psyche!

We have a very rough-around-the-edges family. A serial killer for a father, drunk for a mother, and twin boys who witness more than any child should.
This book details the horrific things people do to each other and how it mentally and emotionally affects others.

I was completely glued to the pages throughout this book. William Cook clearly does a lot of research when creating his characters and the storylines. It goes far
Michele Dotson
Apr 06, 2013 Michele Dotson rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The entire family is sick and twisted. I especially like how the brothers feed off of each others twisted ways.
May 23, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Blood Related, by William Cook, relates the story of the Cunningham family. Now some families pass down genes like male pattern baldness, a square jaw, blue eyes. The Cunningham family passes down serial killer genes. Charlie and his brother Caleb are the latest in the gene pool, and quite possibly the worst. The story is mainly told through Caleb’s viewpoint, and he creates his ‘art’. It’s disturbing. A local cop, Ray Truman, has been following the family for a long time, obsessed with getting ...more
M.L. Roos
Apr 24, 2015 M.L. Roos rated it it was amazing
Be warned, this tale is not for anyone who dislikes gore and violence.

This is a brilliant tale of fathers and sons, serial killing at its finest and the legacy families create. Charlie and Caleb Cunningham are twins and serial killers, following in the footsteps of their father and grandfather.

The story is told through letters, news articles and from the points of view of the killers, the police and the doctors involved. All the pieces of the story are woven together beautifully through the the
Donald White
Jan 25, 2015 Donald White rated it really liked it
Bloody and brutal, torturous and tantalizing, this is the relating of a tale in unrelated pieces skillfully pieced together and vividly rendered with an artist's brush. The use of various eye-witness accounts, news reports and correspondence give a terrifying portrait of a family of murderers and their gruesome work. Specifically, it centers on twin brothers Charlie and Caleb Cunningham and their murderous exploits. There is an intriguing contrast between the two: Charlie is brutal, while Caleb ...more
Sonia Fogal
Apr 03, 2013 Sonia Fogal rated it really liked it
"Blood Related" is a fascinating journey through the mind and life of a third-generation serial killer. He is both a victim and a victimizer. He is deeply damaged and mentally ill. He embraces and is turned on by his murderous lifestyle. He finds fulfillment in it and sees it as an expression of who he is. But he also knows it's wrong and dreams of "one day becoming a better person".

Graphic, tortuous, nauseating violence. Definitely not for the weak of stomach. If you can handle this though, you
Vincenzo Bilof
Feb 21, 2013 Vincenzo Bilof rated it it was amazing

The serial killer genre must be one of the most difficult to write about. Considering that so much research has been devoted to our understanding of these monstrous people who live among us, the killer is not mysterious. We're fascinated by the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes; the killers are granted immortality by the media and our own innate desire to peer into the darkness of the human heart and mind. How can such monsters exist?

William Cook's presentation of a family of murderers, mo
Marilou George
Jun 22, 2012 Marilou George rated it it was amazing
Blood Related is a book that will chill you to the core! A disturbing portrayal of the Cunningham family submerged in generations of violence, abuse, death and torture that will haunt you even after the last page is read. A revenge filled portrayal of the Truman family whose generations of law enforcement officers is determined to bring justice to the victims of the Cunningham’s viciousness no matter the cost.

Caleb and Charlie Cunningham were raised in a home fraught with abuse delivered by thei
Debbie Allen
Jul 02, 2015 Debbie Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Related is a psychological roller-coaster. I couldn’t put it down. The nature or nurture theme comes across strongly. Reflective of Caleb and Charlie Cunningham's disturbing family background and the outcome of what could be only described as twisted parenting. Parents (Ella and Vera’s) poison continues to bleed into the adult lives of two brothers. The madness of their crimes is chilling, and persistence of Ray Truman whose goal is to bring them to Justice - leads the story into an endles ...more
This is the first book of this genre I have ever read and will be my last. The hedge trimmer on pubescent breasts disturbed me early on and I struggled to enjoy the multiple stabbing, rape, torture, necrophilia, decapitation and ceremonial disembowlment that followed.

The protagonist Caleb literally gets away with blue murder repeatedly throughout the book which is thrilling, although his sadistic exploits made me feel nausous. The protagonists brother Charlie in one scene places a pen in the ear
Neil Davies
Jun 04, 2012 Neil Davies rated it really liked it
For much of the book, Blood Related reads like a True Crime story, or one of those serial killer documentaries on satellite, just one hell of a lot more gory and explicit! William Cook has written a detailed and vivid account of a family of killers and the policeman chasing them across the generations. The attention to background detail is impressive and the murder scenes both gruesome and riveting. The only things stopping it getting a 5-star rating from me are a slow opening, sometimes confusi ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on a very disturbing thrill ride through the mind of one killer and the life of him and his murderous family. Killing is in the blood and mind of the entire Cunningham family. When you read this book it is so well written that you forget that it is fiction, but then as you read you find out that you are so glad that it is. The heinous acts that this family inflicted on so many innocent people, and their lack of emotion not only towards society but for each other is so sad and ...more
Stacey Broadbent
May 04, 2016 Stacey Broadbent rated it liked it
This book was well written, and had a lot of potential. I loved the prologue, delving straight into it, however, it slowed down considerably after that. I would have found it more thrilling to have seen the whole story from Caleb's eyes, instead of a re-telling of past events. I wanted to feel his reactions from his childhood and see how they moulded him into a disturbed adult.

Nature vs Nurture? The Cunninghams are a sadistic family, and twins, Caleb and Charlie are both drawn in to the depraved
Rebecca Nolan
Jan 18, 2012 Rebecca Nolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a long time fan of William Cook's Blog and facebook fan page, I jumped at the chance to read this book and Wow! He Aced it with this one! This is one story that once you start you just can't put down. I was totally blown away with the depth of his imagination and the ability he has to dive straight into the dark and twisted parts of ones mind. Blood Related is an intense psychological thriller that will leave you wanting more from the amazingly talented William Cook!
Jun 10, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not having read much in this genre lately I may not be the best to review Blood Related. However; It caught my interest in the beginning and after a slight lull, where I had some doubt, it picked right back up. Truth be told I had a hard time putting it down.
I loved the whole twisted psychological back story.
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William Cook is a writer of the macabre from New Zealand, a small antipodean island group in the South Pacific. When not writing, he looks after two small daughters and designs book covers that are designed to scare the hell out of people. Having held down a multitude of jobs before becoming a "Domestic Manager", he brings to his writing a vast array of experience that translates to the page in th ...more
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