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Chill Factor: A Novel | [Sandra Brown]

Chill Factor: A Novel

Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town, the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Is Lilly Burton's new love a serial killer? This listen puts you in Lily's head as, trapped in her snowbound cabin with him, she vacillates dramatically between overpowering lust and gripping fear. A great reading and great story equal great suspense from the amazing Sandra Brown.

From the moment Lilly hits Ben Tiernay with her car while making her way down the mountain from her cabin during a blizzard, the story grabs your interest and never lets go until the surprising conclusion. The reader is wonderful, using different voices for each character and authentic southern accents. Bottom line: If gripping claustrophobia and excruciating suspense could be heard, this is what it would sound like.

Publisher's Summary

Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town, the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.

It is to this backdrop that Lilly Martin returns to close the sale of her mountain cabin, marking the end of her turbulent eight-year marriage to Dutch Burton, Cleary's chief of police. Dutch's reluctance to let her go isn't Lilly's only obstacle. As she's trying to outrun a snowstorm, her car skids on the icy road and strikes a man. She recognizes the injured man as Ben Tierney, whom she'd met the previous summer. They're forced to wait out the storm in the cabin, but as the hours of their confinement mount, Lilly begins to wonder if the greatest danger to her safety isn't the blizzard outside, but the mysterious man right beside her. Is Ben Tierney the feared abductor? Or is he who he claims to be...her rescuer from harm and from the tragedy that haunts her?

©2005 Sandra Brown; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Romance

"Lust, jealousy, and murder suffuse Brown's crisp thriller, set in the snowbound mountains of North Carolina....The snowy suspense will cool off Brown's fans during the dog days of summer." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Robyn Greensboro, NC, USA 07-12-07
    Robyn Greensboro, NC, USA 07-12-07
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    "Stop Reading....please!"

    I don't usually take the time to write reviews but in this case I hope to save you from wasting your credit like I did. This may be a great read, but it is a terrible listen! Stephen Lang can not do voices. He is most irritating. I suffered through two hours before I had to chalk this one up to a loss. His idea of a southern accent is unbelivable, he reads the female lead like she is an airhead and he sometimes forgets which characters he has assigned which voice. He ruined this book for me. He is so bad that I will always be checking future purchases to make sure he is not narrating. If I had his number, I'd tell him he owes me an audio book!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-28-13
    Susan 08-28-13

    No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail.

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    "Cartoonish hillbilly accent ruins a lead character"

    Sometimes an actor's interpretation of a character is merely distracting; in this particular instance, it's wrong to the point of making me regret that I didn't read Chill Factor instead of listening. Stephen Lang does a credible job with characters that are meant to be 'played' for grins, like a just-the-facts-ma'am FBI director. But with one of the key protagonists, he couldn't be farther from the mark.

    I'm talking about "Dutch," the ex-husband of the heroine. This is the character that sophisticated Lily is said to have found so charming and "erudite" when they met that she fell for him immediately. But as voiced by Lang, Dutch is cursed with a specific variety of overdone Southern accent that screams "inbred backwoods moonshiner." You can't even call it a drawl; it's as if Dutch is a slow thinker who struggles to speak; the polar opposite of anyone that magazine editor Lily would ever have found attractive.

    In fact, until I got to the part of the book where Lily reminisces about their early relationship, and how Dutch captivated an audience when he spoke at a fundraising event, I actually there to be a backstory that would explain the horrible mismatch between the sophisticate and the yokel. He isn't written dim-witted, but he certainly SOUNDS it here.

    If Dutch were a minor character, this off-the-mark performance wouldn't matter much. But if Sandra Brown meant to create the tension of a possible three-way love triangle between Lily, Ben Tierney, and Lily's ex-husband, Lang's portrayal of the ex makes it impossible to even imagine Lily and Dutch together in anything but a shotgun wedding.

    Tight writing by Brown, and a suspenseful plot. Too bad the audiobook misses the mark.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-12-12
    Karen 08-12-12

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "another great one from Ms Brown"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chill Factor to be better than the print version?

    yes, Mr. Lang is very good


    What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a rich voice. Very surprised how good he was reading this story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hold your breath


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    02-23-10
    02-23-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    I thought this was a great read! It was truly enjoyed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly West Grove, PA, United States 09-18-08
    Molly West Grove, PA, United States 09-18-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    If you like a mystery that keeps you guessing and guarantees surprises, read/listen to this book! Sandra Brown at her finest with another multi-layered plot including unpredictably complex characters. Although this story takes place over a period of just a few days, it delivers like an epic.
    I found myself changing allegiances among characters over and over as bits and pieces of the puzzle were revealed. In this story, it's just as tough to identify the good guys as it is to peg the bad guys. You gotta love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 05-20-07
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 05-20-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Chill is Hot!"

    Wow, this was my first book by this author. After, 250+ Audible books, this was a breath of fresh mountain air. Very inovative plot line, and well thought out characters. Nice plot twists and fantastic ending. Narration was even well done. A definite must read for any mystery/suspense/who-done-it readers. Enjoy!! I will definitely purchase more from Sandra.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Richmond, KY, USA 01-13-07
    Jennifer Richmond, KY, USA 01-13-07
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    "Drivel"

    This was my first, and last, experience with Sandra Brown. Every character is a cliche' and the main plot and subplots are all over-the-top. I'm not finished yet, but I fully expect to hear the words "heaving bosom" at some point very soon. The narrator, too, is grating on my last nerve. I can't say it any better than an earlier reviewer did...he makes all the male voices sound like Forrest Gump. Thanks for that, btw...as I finish the book I'm going to think of 'Jenny' every time he says Lily!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Fishbaugh 08-30-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent! Wanting more.."

    This book was fantastic! This and Envy are my favorite of Sandra Brown's. I would love to here more like these two stories. She really writes a good mystery/suspense, we want more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronni Allentown, PA, USA 08-27-06
    Ronni Allentown, PA, USA 08-27-06 Member Since 2013
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    "True Sandra Brown"

    I have been a fan of Sandra Brown for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Worth the read. The narrator is good. I've known some people with Dutch's mentality - he sounded believable to me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey Rae 02-09-06
    Joey Rae 02-09-06 Member Since 2014
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    "A Pleasant Listen"

    Sandra Brown always comes through with a suspenceful story that is easy to listen to and follow. The narrator was a little off on switching voices but all and all a good listen. You won't be disappointed if you enjoy suspence and romance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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