Daily Archives: July 14, 2009

Review & Giveaway: One Scream Away by Kate Brady

OneScreamAwayblogtourbutton2Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a GREAT adventure!

From Kate Brady’s Web Site:

One step away…

Seven years ago Beth Denison was attacked by a killer named Chevy Bankes. Since then, she’s created a new life for herself and her daughter, one far removed from the night that ended in an awful tragedy. But now Bankes is out of prison, and his chilling phone calls tell Beth he’s coming for her.

One breath away…

Ex-FBI agent Neil Sheridan is driven to investigate a chain of murders that are eerily similar to a disturbing case from his past. When the killer’s trail dead-ends at Beth’s doorstep, Neil finds a beautiful woman with a secret she’ll do anything to keep. Yet even as Beth surrenders to Neil’s protection – and then his embrace – she can’t tell him why Bankes hungers to hear her scream, and why she’ll soon consider doing the unthinkable: face Bankes alone.

I really appreciated the cat-and-mouse back and forth as we saw how Chevy Banks (the Bad Guy) was stalking, taunting and teasing Beth Denison (our Female Lead), and as Neil Sheridan (Our Hero) started to interfere with his game.   The back and forth between the characters kept me reading, not wanting to put the book down.

Our Hero was a good guy but damaged by his past.  Our Female Lead was tough and feisty and in over her head.  The Bad Guy was a combination of mentally ill and pure evil. The dolls push the creepy factor over the edge.

Unfortunately, this book didn’t work as well for me as a romance. I didn’t really feel the attraction between the leads, although the author told me it was there. It also broke one of my rules of romantic suspense– the lead characters didn’t work as a team to face the danger.  I liked each of them individually well enough, both as people and as part of the story.  There were some good secondary characters as well.

Once I decided to read it as a thriller rather than romantic suspense, I completely enjoyed reading this book.

Thanks to Hachette Books, I’m giving away five copies of One Scream Away!  This is a great poolside read– or one to help you escape if you don’t have a chance to hang out on the beach this summer.


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  4. As a bonus (for an additional entry) tell me what makes a good thriller or romantic suspense for you.

Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is necessary. I’ll pick the winners on July 28.

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