Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455581127
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQ2N52K

Book Description

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.

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.

About the Author

 Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

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 over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weather-casting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

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 recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, 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.

My Review

 I had not read a Sandra Brown novel in quite some time, and I was very impressed with Mean Streak. The story flowed easily and I had a hard time putting it down.  

Dr. Emory Charbonneau led a full life including being a wife, a doctor, a philanthropist, and a marathon runner. While preparing for her next marathon, Emory heads to the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. She meets with foul play while running in the mountains. Emory is found by a mysterious man who takes her back to his home and cares for her. Days later her husband Jeff finally reports her missing. They had an argument about her running right before she left and he didn't seem all that concerned when she did not come home on time. Did he ever really love her? Or did he love her trust fund and her "celebrity" as a philantropist?

There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. The developing relationship between Emory and her rescuer also is very captivating. Brown is a great writer in that I did not see the surprise ending coming! Great job!

Great read! Very enjoyable!


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