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Paradox Forged in Blood

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From Mary Frances Fisher comes her debut novel, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD, a compelling work of historical fiction based on true events and stories passed down from the author's family.

A murder on Millionaire’s Row.
A killer's chilling words, "Shh. I know where you live.”
A woman tormented by her guilt-ridden past.

A historical murder mystery, PARADOX FORGED IN BLOOD is s
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published August 24th 2016 by Cambron Press
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Kathleen Kelly
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Paradox Forged in Blood takes place in two different times in a woman's life. Present at her 80th birthday and in the past when she was growing up and a nanny in a well to do household in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 30's.

Ellen Grace O'Malley was born in 1916, the oldest of a family of eight children. Patrick Michael O'Malley was just 18 months old when he was taken from his crib. Ellen was only six at the time but she had woken up and observed someone , she thought it was her father, standing ov
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I found "Paradox Forged in Blood" to be a fascinating read. It is a historical murder mystery that takes place during the 1930's in Cleveland, Ohio.
It was a bit hard to get into at first with all the varied characters but I soon found myself immersed in the different characters and the story itself.
I received a copy from the publishers (thank you) via Netgalley for free in exchange for my honest review.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book really interesting to read. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that it was the author's own family history that made me keep reading. When you first start reading it is kind of confusing with all the different people introduced but you do figure them all out. It makes sense all the different people because when you get to the end, they all tie in together. I couldn't believe the way everyone was so intertwined in their lived with each other, even when you didn't know i ...more
Bonnye Reed
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GNAB We follow the lives of the Sheridan and the O'Malley families of Cleveland, Ohio from June 7,1916 with the birth of Ellen O'Malley, through to her 80th birthday on June 7, 1996. This is a novel based on the actual lives of the first generation American children of Michael and Mary O'Malley. Through their eyes we visit the neighborhoods they inhabit in Cleveland through the depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and how those conflicts changed the complexion of Ohi ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Ellen saw the myriad of webs doled out by fate as lives intersected through one tragic event ... their consequential acts created ripple effects ..."

Though fiction (based on a family history handed down), this made for an enthralling story - you just have to continue reading to finish to see where this cold case meets its conclusion. I felt mentally exhausted - in a good way - after reading as there are a lot of characters wandering in and out as we are taken back in time to the tragic events t
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was difficult for me to get into, but I am in a huge depression (one of my major mental illnesses) so that could have been part of my issue with it. By and by the author knew her research & the era that she chose to write in. The characters were all well written and left enough to the imagination for me. The story line and plot was a bit difficult for me to get into but with what I said earlier that could be the issue. I would choose to read this book again once I feel better and see i ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
From NetGalley:

Despite the fact the novel is well proofread and the plot moves along quickly, I’m really turned away by the abundance of clichés and over-used descriptions. A historical mystery based on true events and apparently the family legend—it reads too much at times like fiction and not enough like true crime. The fictional narrative is bumped around by the true crime narrative and visa versa, meaning it’s hard to get a grip on what’s happening. Too many characters have brief point of vi
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a compilation of stories from the life of the main character, Ellen O’Malley Szabo. It is advertised as a factual account with family stories interspersed in the book. The story is tied together by the relationship of the characters to each other and the effect of each on the others’ lives. A brother of Ellen is kidnapped and the story takes off from there. The baby is never returned and the lives of the family change because of this void even though another child is born. The story touc ...more
Sharon Brewer
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to BackLit PR and Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book. I really enjoyed this book! Even though there were several story lines, the author managed to weave them all together masterfully. This story has something for everybody-mystery, historical fiction and mystery. This book kept me hooked from the beginning and the ending really was a paradox. It was also interesting because the author is the daughter of the main character and the story was based on true events. A g ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed this book, it wasn't what I was expecting because it was described as being "historical" and a "mystery", and I think it's probably more a family saga with historical and mystery elements within it. I found it a good read, very different from the books I normally read, and I'll look forward to the author's next one. Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
I feel ambivalent about this book. I read the whole story but it was the manner of storytelling that didn't appeal. I felt it was just a recitation of history lessons with a few of the characters thrown in. If someone were looking for a family history novel, I would mention this one. What doesn't appeal to me would to others. ...more
Catherine Donnelly
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hated it. I thought the whole book was disjointed and most of the chapters were just to bulk out the actual plot line. It was far too cheesy and it needed more depth to it. I felt like the author just wanted to try and make the story sound legitimate with unneeded historical facts.

Very disappointed. Hopefully other books by this author will be better.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Too much melodrama for me.
Carole Rae
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I legitimately finished this in two sittings. It was addicting. Not only was there the main murder mystery, but there were so many other mysteries at play.

There were lots of stories and lots of characters at play. Sometimes it was confusing to remember who was who and who's story we were on. Lots of jumping around, but the author did a decent job keeping the reader on track. Everyone was connected in some way and seemed realistic. It was pretty cool how the author intertwined everyone.

A part o
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Several families are brought together through a meaningless tragedy in Pre-World War II Ohio. In 1939, a young Ellen O’Malley works as nanny for the Sheridan family who lives on Millionaire’s Row. Ellen already carries around the guilt of witnessing the kidnapping of her younger brother when she was a child and not being able to help; now on one fateful night, she witnesses a burglary gone wrong at the Sheridan household where her employer, Louis Sheridan is murdered. Ellen only sees the back of ...more
Linda Thompson
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much more than historical fiction; it’s about the characters that are described so well you begin to believe they are real and that you are a part of the family. To say this is a mystery about a murder on Millionaire’s Row is to oversimplify the complexity of the story. One tends to have to think back a few pages when another character is introduced, and there are a lot of characters. There are stories behind the main story, but without complicating it too much, I was amazed at h ...more
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Bonnie Dale Keck
Apr 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Kindle Unlimited, which is how I got it but not how was supposed to get it; 'won' a review copy through book review buzz site, and they sent download link, which was as a protected link having to be opened up in one of the adobe formats, which I have several of but which none would actually open {although it has always opened up others just like it, and recently, so not that}. Then it said could download through kindle mail, EXCEPT I use a pc version, which does NOT have a kindle address to send ...more
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Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
In 1930 Cleveland, Ohio, Louis Sheridan is murdered. Forty years later the original police officers look into the cold case. The story is told through the several families involved but especially Ellen O’Malley.
Unfortunately I didn't find that the story held my interest though I did finish the book, and didn't really like the writing style.
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May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good debut novel! What caught my attention, and why I wanted to read this novel, was the time period. I love reading anything to do with WWII and Nazi Germany. However, even though this book does touch on the Holocaust, that is the not the main theme of the story. It is a story about how lives are intersected, how we are all connected in one way or another,  and how sometimes, secrets (however wrong they might be) are kept to protect those we love.  I downloaded this book today and fini ...more
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