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3.8  ·  Rating details ·  26,440 Ratings  ·  606 Reviews
Sheldon's sweeping saga of greed and betrayal, sabotage and danger, and the ties that can kill...

Roffe and Sons is a family firm, an international empire filled with desperate, cash-hungry family members. At its head was one of the wealthiest men in the world, a man who has just died in a mysterious accident and left his only daughter, Elizabeth, in control of the company.
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Doubleday Books (first published 1977)
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Gabby A crime book about how the lack of knowledge can lead to a dangerous situation. Atrocious at points. Welll- written and easy to follow.

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Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant! did not want the book to end that's how good it was reading each chapter because it was well written (paperback!)
Me being the stupid person that I am, read the last page by mistake and therefore knew the end from the beginning but this book still made me doubt my suspicions! Ahh Sydney Sheldon!

Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
BLOODLINE is a 1977 novel by the great and the wise, Sidney Sheldon. My grandmother told me that she saw a movie titled Bloodline before but she wasn't sure if it was the film adaptation of this book. Out of curiosity, I learned that Bloodline was really adapted into a film in 1979, but it was a complete failure because Audrey Hepburn who played as the protagonist is older than the Sheldon character she supposed to portray (Elizabeth). In order to solve the problem, Sheldon revised his novel to ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
All of us dream of somehow inheriting a vast fortune, but for Elizabeth Roffe, this inheritance comes with an invisible enemy. Inheriting Roffe Industries after her father's mysterious death, things start happening that convinces Elizabeth that someone, or some people, are trying to take over her fortune - even if it means taking her life.

If the above plot has not moved you yet, then you probably have problems. The first few pages of this book is strongly gripping, forcing you to turn the pages
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sheldon's broad adventure of covetousness and treachery, damage and peril, and the ties that can slaughter... Roffe and Sons is a family firm, a global domain loaded with urgent, money hungry relatives. At its head was one of the wealthiest men on the planet, a man who has only kicked the bucket in a baffling mishap and left his exclusive little girl, Elizabeth, responsible for the organization. Presently as this savvy, extreme, and lovely young lady sets out to spare - not offer - Roffe and Son ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roffe and Sons is a family firm. Sam Roffe dies in an accident and young-beautiful Elizabeth Roffe takes charge. The first 200+ pages covers all the branches of the family across the globe which gives a quick picture of each member's need and greed.

The storyline picks up jet-speed when Elizabeth refuses to sell the stocks. The revelation of who conspired against her left me dumbfounded. Absolutely stunning read. After reading this book, I could decipher why Sidney Sheldon is still the master st
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When Sam Roffe, a rich and powerful businessman, dies in a mountain-climbing accident, it was up to Elizabeth, his daughter, to take over his vast global empire. It comes with a bonus, though: An enemy who's determined to get what he wants—even if it means Elizabeth's life.

The first few chapters of this book had me strongly hooked. I couldn't stop flipping the page. All the time I was on the edge, my mind spinning theories, fitting the puzzle pieces, playing with the clues and details; I couldn'
Thomas Strömquist
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm very surprised that this has such a high average rating here on Goodreads, I remember it as very much in line with his others. It's been a while, so I may be off some, but I'm not going to read or re-read any of his books, because life's too short.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
When a pick a book from Sideny the first thing that comes into my mind is vengeance and then glamour, mafias, dons, sex, romance.. but this book is quite different though it has main ingredients of Sidney Glamour, love, sex, romance along with medical science(research in depth), greed, sabotage, betrayal, murder,crime, mysteries.

The book actually started after 200 pages, first 200 pages includes introduction of characters, at time it feel, the introduction is dragged a bit, although the accounts
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A world existing of male dominance is where Elizabeth Roffe, the sole heir to a multimillionaire father, lives. An unloving father as hers is, dies a mysterious death while on a vacation. Devastated as she is, its up to her to run her fathers company, but what she doesn't know that her family members on the board of directors are vying for the money put on shares, which according to the her father, shouldn't be made public. On top of that, someone's trying to kill her. Is it her father's super s ...more
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This book grab you from the very beginning to the last page! from the beginning in my suspect list there were only 2 person and one would be the main culprit from them I knew for sure. but I couldn't conclude which one it could be until the last page.

though I felt some hurry in the end and expected some more explanation, it was absolutely a thriller full of suspense, tension, romance and MYSTERY.

Sheldon is a boss writer. He is THE MASTER STORYTELLER!
Chhaya Verma
Bloodline is my first Sidney Sheldon read. Mystery and crime-thrillers are my favourite genre, so of course I enjoyed the book, it was like a action-mystery packed, fast roller coaster ride. It's a 20th century book still the plots, character, everything is no less than a modern contemporary novel.
But I'm not fully satisfied with the book, there are enough negative points to justify my complaint.
The book opens with the death of Sam Roffe--president of the "Roffe and sons". It seems lik
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bloodline is another fascinating novel by the author Sidney Sheldon.
The book is divided into two parts:
BOOK 1 is only the introduction tells about the background of all the main characters. Book 1 is extends to 180 pages out of 409.
the 1st part might seem a little boring.

The main story starts from BOOK 2.

The Novel is incomplete..
after completing it i found many things does't have its end.

As his other works this one too provides a fantastic read from the very beginning where the story beg
Ashleigh Lopes
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Ashleigh by: Mother
So, so good. It's a one day read, if you want to spend around 5 hours reading. ;] I did. I loved it. I didn't want to put it down. EVER. :] It was really had to figure out who did it. You literally don't know for sure until the very end. Every single person has a motive. I'm so glad Mother recommended it!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Bloodline, Sidney Sheldon
عنوان: خط خون؛ نویسنده: سیدنی شلدون؛ مترجم: امیر منوچهری پور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، میلاد، 1372، در 420 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م
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Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich weiß gar nicht, wo ich anfangen soll. Dieser Roman ist von vorne bis hinten schlicht und ergreifend schlecht.

Nun ist Sidney Sheldon nicht gerade bekannt für Tiefgang. Im Grunde genommen sind seine Bücher quasi "Dallas" und "Denver Clan" in Buchform. Zumindest die Protagonisten sind im Normalfall überdurchschnittlich schön, überdurchschnittlich reich und überdurchschnittlich intelligent. Natürlich werden sie kurzfristig vom Schicksal gebeutelt, aber am Ende des Buches - kann der Leser gewiss
Lisa Pacheco
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bloodline featured another ingenious plot line concocted by Mr. Sheldon. In this epic, Elizabeth Roffe is the ugly duckling daughter of Sam Roffe. Her father is heir to the Roffe and Son's empire--one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Unfortunatly, because of her gender, she will not inherit Roffe and Son's upon her father's death, as only men may serve on the board of the company. To complicate matters even more, there are no male heirs in the family to take his place, only ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Certainly a good book to read. May not be Sheldon's best, and there may also be claims that the book draws heavily from Sheldon's previous releases but still this book is certainly worth a read. The typical twists are missing but the extraordinary narration makes up for the slow pace. The reader is made to believe from the onset that Rhys is the criminal. Though the climax reveals a different story, it was expected from Sheldon and the familiar mind-blowing twist at the end is missing. I persona ...more
Prahallad Badami
This novel is unlike Sheldon's others. It is not very captivating, the story seems to start only halfway through the book. The writing is galore with attempts at lengthy descriptions which seem unnecessary. The latter half has pace, twists and turns that one would expect from Sheldon. The ending seems to have been written in haste, leaving the reader without a complete closure.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book is one that leaves you wanting to turn pages immediately as you finish the current one. Bloodline is definitely a page turner. In this work, Sidney Sheldon attempts to mislead us as much as the nemesis of Elizabeth Roffe, the heiress of a pharmaceutical empire, tries to lure her into the abyss her father went into. I can't say red herrings did not lead me astray, but in a story full of dubious characters, who am I to blame.

Bloodline introduces us to the scandalous world of the elite,
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
By Sidney Sheldon. Grade: B

Born Sidney Schechtel in Chicago, Sidney Sheldon, from making his first sale of a poem for $5 at the age of 10, has made his way up to the sixth position of the list of bestseller authors of all time.
The daughter of a rich and powerful father, Elizabeth Roffe is young, beautiful – and sole heir to a billion dollar fortune. Then tragedy strikes. Her father is killed in a freak accident and Elizabeth much take command of his mighty global empire, the pharmaceutical compa
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 - very solid book and very enjoyable book, not necessarily what I was expecting, but good nonetheless. The story revolves around Elizabeth Roffe and the descendants of Samuel Roffe who created a global pharmaceutical company. Elizabeth is forced to take over after her father, a man she loved but had a distant relationship with, dies.

The first half of the book goes into the extensive background of the Roffe family, beginning with their ancestor Samuel who started the company, then moves into
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book ,written extremely well ,fairytale ending which is too good to be true.Sydney has nailed this book,be it the erotic or thrilling scenes they captivate you totally .The last 10 pages leave you breathless not because the protagonist is on the run but the pace of unimaginable events that keep coming one after the other in the ending of the book.Words fail me when describing the end because the who dunnit blame game has taken a whole new level when the police blame a person for the m ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2014
A gripping thriller that kept me glued to the page with its complex network of interconnected plotlines, interesting characters and high level of suspense - unfortunately, the ending fell a bit flat. The final twist didn't really work for me, it rather seemed to be there only because the author felt he really needed something "unexpected" to happen on the last few pages. (And I guessed early on it would turn out this way, simply because the characters I like best always turn up either dead or as ...more

I can't remember how many times I almost screamed "this book is ruining my life!". I must say I got a little bored in the beginning because the first third of the book was still the introduction of the characters and it just felt like it wasn't going anywhere with just that amount of pages left but it was surprisingly fast-paced and, in the end, it still won the title as "my favorite SS book". Just WOW. Everything written in the book was important, not a single word was wasted information. I
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Engaging..It was brilliantly written to keep readers on edge..One will not know who to point as the real suspect until the very last page...okay, I admit that I sneaked a peak at the last page..Bu..But the suspense was intolerable..My fingers were aching for an answer, and I couldn`t read fast enough to get one..
Everyone has a good motive for intended homicide.Each character had their own dark side, and willing to put other`s lives in jeopardized for the sake of their greed. A very horrid truth
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sheldon will always get a five star from me. Never disappoints me. One word for this book? Overblown Suspense. I was so engrossed and over consumed by the articulated storyline. Though, some natural causes slowed me down, however, I enjoyed every bit of and didn't want to finish it. Sidney, oh I wish he was still alive to keep anticipating and getting updated about his yet-to-release book.

Bloodline is about fight, betrayal, malice and love, It is about how man will do anything for money and fam
Aeron Trahaearn
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
i liked this book a lot..i mean this is my first sydney sheldon novel and i liked it...
ok so what did i like about this book?? well the fact that i completely guessed wrong!!! (i was really happy to be wrong..i mean it wouldnt be a mystery if i had guessed right) also i loved rhys williams....absolutely swoon worthy!! but..(ya theres a but, i gave it freaking three stars!!)
1) There is like no romance and like atleast 50 pages of sex
2)i didnt like elizabeth roffe (sorry but teenage liz isnt my ty
Tony Totev
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sheldon
This would be the best introduction and familiarizing with the characters in a book! By the time the main part of the story starts you are so much into the personalities described that you feel as though you've known them your whole life! Therefore the impact of all the events that take place later is tremendous. As always the master of the unexpected proves his name with a thrilling plot. Totally love Sheldon and his books. Favourite!
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Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) was an American writer who won awards in three careers—a Broadway playwright, a Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, and a best-selling novelist.

His TV works spanned a twenty-year period during which he created I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70), Hart to Hart (1979-84), and The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), but it was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling no
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