I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Published by Hachette Audio on August 19, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 51 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.
Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.
As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead - and from heartbreak.
Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best loved authors, Mean Streak is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.
Pediatrician Emory Charbonneau goes to the mountains in North Carolina to train for an upcoming charity marathon she organized. The next thing she remembers is waking up, obviously injured and in a cabin with a man she doesn’t know. He’s mysterious and she’s not even sure if he is her Good Samaritan or responsible for what happened.
You know early on that Emory’s marriage is a bit rocky and that’s about it for clues. From there on through the rest of the story, I was off balance in terms of suspects. Brown does a great job of building mystery and suspense, dribbling out information sparingly but consistently. Then there’s also the mystery of the identity of the man who is caring for Emory so there’s a dual track. I was completely immersed in this story from the onset…12 hours of listening bliss.
At first, I thought the narrator was just okay until after the first hour when I realized Davis was nailing the tempo of the story, proficiently distinguishing a lot of characters and dialects and adding tension. His style was subtle and absolutely effective.
The bottom line
Excellent story, great narration and well defined characters provided a wonderful reading experience. Loved everything about it, including a twist that made my jaw drop.