When her four-year-old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.
But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it - at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society.
©2011 Sandra Brown (P)2011 Hachette
but the author insulted me with the ending.
Boy, was I engrossed. I didn’t want to stop reading. It is a fun way to spend time as long as you can live with a let-down ending. I enjoyed 12 hours of the book, but I’ve been angry at the ending for 24 hours so far.
This is suspense and mystery. This type of story has been done hundreds of times by many authors. But this is well done because the author is a good writer. Good guy hero does smart things which pleased me. Bookkeeper is the main bad guy who has cops and FBI agents on his payroll. He orders murders of anyone who gets in the way. His business is transportation protection for smuggling drugs and humans (sex slave traffic) into the US from Mexico.
Coburn is accused of murdering seven people. He’s on the run and hides in the home of Honor and her four-year-old daughter. He searches her home looking for something he believes her late husband possessed. The cops, FBI, and bad guys are hunting Coburn. Honor soon learns that her life is in danger as well.
I wanted to know more about Bookkeeper. It was hard to figure out how Bookkeeper first started doing all this and so powerfully - all by phone and never in person? Then we get a tell all at the end, which is not a good way to do a character.
My biggest complaint is the ending. I wanted one more sentence at the end (see spoiler). It was such an entertaining story, but then the author jerks you around and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I’m glad I read it, but the author insulted me, like she didn’t care if I liked her book. Before I purchased the book, I read other reviews which complained about the ending, so I prepared myself thinking this won’t be a romance. Just enjoy the story and expect them to separate in the end. I was ready for that. I was ok with that.
But then the author showed romance, and a desire to be together, which lit the romantic spark. The last scene is a possible meeting of the two, but it’s unfinished. The way it’s done, the reader “believes” they will get together. But the author leaves it hanging. So maddening!
The narrator Victor Slezak was excellent.
Genre: suspense mystery with an unknown potential romance.
No. Don't need the graphic romance scenes. Leave something to the imagination!
Really great performance. Added to the listening.
I really enjoyed the story didn't want to put my Ipod down. However, suddenly there are graphic almost visual sex scenes. The book didn't need that at all and took away from it. At that point I thought I was listening to a Harlequin romance novel. The story is really good and doesn't need that at all. Victor Slezak is a great narrator and made it a good listen. When I first started listening I was sure I would download more of her novels, but now I don't think so.
I am hooked on Sandra Brown AND Victor Slezak. This was another thriller with a surprise ending. I enjoyed the unexpected twists within the story. I suspected everyone of being untrustworthy. The characters being on the run truly kept the story moving. I am not a fan of precocious children though. I am old school and believe children should be seen and not heard. Emily cannot be that cute and verbal at age 4. I would rank this second to Envy, but I am working my way through Brown's novels. Highly recommended.
As always the Brown - Slezak is a winning combination. Again Brown has come up with an interesting story and once again Slezak did an excellent job bringing the story to life. The story kept me interested and listening from start to finish. There are few author - narrator combinations that work as well as Sandra Brown and Victor Slezak. I thought that the story was original and compelling. And try as I did I didn't guess who the arch villain was until the arch villain was introduced at the end of the book.
A very good storyline and the characters were believable,
I did not figure out the ending too soon.
This a great book. Well done!! The plot is enthralling. I love the main characters. Passion and Chemistry btw the Honor and Colben is perfect. Ms. Brown did a great job balancing the romantic aspects with the mystery plot.
Victor Slezak is at his very best.
I listened in one sitting, up tiill 5 am!
Hope for more to come from Sandra Brown. Her latest books have been excellent.
Absolutely! It kept me guessing throughout and the narrator was amazing as usual.
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His portrayal of Honor as a strong, practical woman. And he did a pretty good child's voice too! As usual, he makes main male character hot.
Who is your book keeper?
This one goes up there with Envy and Mean Streak. Loved it.
I was slow getting hooked on this book. The narration was partly responsible. Starting out with a focus on female characters with a male narration is disconcerting. But I hung in there. The supporting characters did not add that much to the tale, but they weren't totally bad. And about a third of the way through the book, a major TWIST is revealed. Bam!! I was hooked.
There were some inconsistencies that surprised me from an author that this wasn't their first book. Example, as Coburn is trying to contact his superior, he can't get through as they apparently have not set up a code name or verification process of any kind. However, Honor has just this sort of code with her best friend. And later, Coburn and Honor set up such a system with that friend. Why did he know to do it then but not for his safety and protection of his life and livelihood? Another example is that Honor is convinced to stay active in the struggle because of her lack of action in her own life since her husband died. And it is just that type of inactivity that her father-in-law later acknowledges his role in as they are "making up." Wasn't that convenient?
The narration wasn't the best I have heard, but far from the worse. He didn't do well with female voices but I got over that quickly. He differentiates between characters excellent, without resorting to ethnic or regional accents (something I hate).
The love angle wasn't too strong but weaved in well. I do not need graphic descriptions as this story had, but I understand others do. Fine.
So I will try another of her books at some point. This choice was definitely enjoyable and worthwhile -- a good pick.
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