The fine characterization in Blood Tie is related to Settle's main narrative technique, a shifting third-person point of view. The point of view allows for detailed exploration of each character, including the character's past. Then the point of view shifts every few pages, resulting in the same treatment of a whole range of characters. How many times Settle returns to the same character depends on how important the character is to the action. The action itself is slow-moving and fragmented, deepening and coming together only through the different points of view.
For readers wanting fast action and immediate explanations, the technique is frustrating, though it does offer some suspense, like the old Victorian novels with several lines of action. The technique is superb, however, for showing multicultural perspectives and the normal little misunderstandings of life — such as Huseyin's notion that the rich American girl is admiring him from a distance, when she is practically blind without her contact lenses. Most of all, the technique places the action in context, mirroring the complex nature of reality. The hidden aspects of reality, its historical and cultural contexts, are symbolized by the undersea landscape containing ruins and by the mountain overlooking Ceramos. The mountain is honeycombed with secret passageways and tombs (maybe the tomb of the mythical Endymion) which only Kemal and his brother know about and to which the rest of Ceramos, except for a young German archaeologist who suspects their existence, is oblivious.
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