Review & Giveaway: One Scream Away by Kate Brady

14 Jul

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.


  1. Leave a comment to enter. Be sure your e-mail address is valid, so I can notify you if you win.
  2. For another entry, let me know if you subscribe to my blog via RSS or e-mail, or if you follow me on Twitter. Thank you to my current subscribers, Welcome if you are new to my blog. (Including this in the same comment is fine)
  3. One more entry if you let other people know about this giveaway! On your blog, on Twitter, another social site.  Just let me know.
  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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26 responses to “Review & Giveaway: One Scream Away by Kate Brady

  1. thekoolaidmom

    July 14, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Well, lemme see: I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader and I follow you on Twitter 🙂 Valid email, yup….

    I’ve been looking forward to reading your review of this book, btw. The book looks great as a thriller. When I think of romantic suspense, I think of Stephanie Plum. I love the whole Ranger-Stephanie-Morelli dynamic. And what exactly DID Vincent do with that duck, anyway? When I think of thrillers, though, I think of Coben, whose book In the Woods was my first experience at contemporary fiction (other than King).

    What makes either good, though, is that the characters are relateable and I care about them. Of course, it needs great action and suspense to keep the pages burning by 🙂 And a great baddie we want to see get his comeuppance helps, too.

  2. Sue

    July 14, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I want to win!! Thanks for sharing~

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  3. nanscorner

    July 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I know I’m reading a good thriller when
    1) I can’t put the book down even though it’s WAY past my bedtime
    2) I’m exhausted when the book is over because my heart has been pounding from the suspense!

    I subscribe to your blog through google reader.



  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    No need to enter me, doll. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  5. Dixie

    July 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I’d love to win a copy of this.
    I’m a new subscriber-just confirmed via email.
    I’m now following on twitter as southrngrl and I tweeted.

    There’s got to be chemistry between the 2 central characters to make a great romance and oh yeah-gotta have the old sexual tension going on.;-)
    For a great suspense or thriller-I prefer not to know who “did it” until the end-or at least half-way there.
    Keep me guessing and you’ll keep me reading.


  6. Ruth

    July 15, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Let me know if I win!

    I love a good thriller – that excitement of wanting to know what’s going to happen. I think the key is characters that you really care about and interesting twists in the story. But honestly, I don’t know exactly what it is, just that it’s fun when you can really lose yourself in the story!

    Thanks for the contest.

  7. scottsgal

    July 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I’d love to read this – love reading thrillers. What makes a good one is when I can’t put it down – a real page turner. James Patterson has that affect on me

  8. jacque

    July 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I have been wanting to read this!
    I just subscribed by email.
    A good thriller book is one you stay up all night reading and you think about before you go to sleep. I always want someone to make a movie of a great thriller i have read. Thanks!

  9. Britt, Book Habitue

    July 15, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I like my romantic suspense to be heavier on the suspense than the romance. 😀 This one really looks good.


    Already a follower!

  10. Lisa H

    July 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    This book sounds great. I’d love to read it.

  11. cenyasmom

    July 17, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I am a subscriber, I have read the review and would like a chance to win it. Many thanks.

  12. Marie

    July 17, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I would love to read this!

    I follow you on twitter — doodlebug40.

    What makes a good romantic suspense — strong characters who I can really care about — that I want to know more about!

  13. Kim V

    July 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    1) Email subscriber
    2) Blogged about giveaway here
    3) Please enter me comment
    4) I think a good thriller is so unpredictable I can’t guess what will happen next.

  14. Dawn M.

    July 19, 2009 at 12:35 am

    This sounds like a great thriller. Count me in! :0)


  15. Kathy

    July 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Would love the chance to read this one! Thanks!

  16. Kathy

    July 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I’m an email subscriber

  17. Kathy

    July 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Tweeted about the giveaway here

  18. Kathy

    July 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    A good thriller for me is one that engages me to the point that I become oblivious to everything else, even dinner starting to burn:)

  19. Renee G

    July 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    This sounds like a great summer read to me.

  20. Mozi Esmes Mommy

    July 21, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Would love to read it!

  21. Theresa N

    July 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Oh this sounds sooo good, please sign me up.

  22. Dina

    July 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I am giving this away, too – but did not ask for a review copy, so maybe I’ll win one 😉

  23. Dina

    July 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Follow you on twitter (aitmama).

  24. Jo Ann

    July 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Love this kind of book. Looks like a great read. Been hearing alot about it. best Wishes!

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