Author: Sandra Brown

Lots of Suspects in Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Posted October 8, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Lots of Suspects in Mean Streak by Sandra BrownMean Streak by Sandra Brown
Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Published by Hachette Audio on August 19, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
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.

Quick summary
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.


What works
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.


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About Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of 63 New York Times bestsellers.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English.

She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV’s Murder by the Book premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s new series, Hardcover Mysteries.

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship annually awarded to a student pursuing a fiction writing career. In 2008, she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she and four colleagues went on a week-long USO tour to Afghanistan, meeting with service members on numerous bases.

Sandra is the past president of the Mystery Writers of America in 2012. She lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband, Michael Brown.