Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments.
Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, best-selling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy's identity is exposed along with the family scandal.
Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.
In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan's wayward and reckless boyfriend - and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy's sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections - once unlocked - pose dangers that neither could foresee and put both their lives in peril.
As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan's slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won't stop until she reveals Susan's killer.
That is, unless Susan's killer strikes her first....
©2012 Sandra Brown (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Yes, I just re listened as the first time was rushed.
Sandra Brown always has a twist, but you must watch for it to get the full enjoyment
Dent our hero, what sass!
I did the first time and missed many of the clues. I just re listened and really enjoyed it much better.
This book was good enough. Many of the parts were predictable and a little cliche. I never felt the urge that I had to listen to it, but never felt like I had to force myself to finish it either.
I loved the story but the narrator did not do a good female voice. It kinda ruined it for me.
Yes, however, the main male character made me uncomfortable with his sexual aggression, even when being told no.
The narrator did not do a good female voice so the main character sounded like a male pretending to be a female.
Do a re-record with a female narrator.
I really enjoyed this book. Another success for SB readers. Bellamy writes a book 18 years after her older sister is killed. There are questions as to whether the right man was sent to jail. I loved the characters and the narration.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
I enjoyed Dent...he was broody, cranky and lovable.
I have read about 10 Sandra Brown books and plan on reading a lot more - this makes my top 5.
Probably, although I'd prefer a different narrator
Other reviewers complain about why a wealthy woman would write about a painful past under a pseudonym and be upset when she is discovered, blah, blah, blah - while some aspects are a bit of a reach IT IS FICTION and I felt it was a good book overall. It held my interest and there were a lot of twists.
I have long been a Sandra Brown fan but this book just didn't do it for me. The protagonists were either unbelievable (her) or irritating and unlikeable (him). The story line of the female lead writing a fictionalized book based on a traumatic event in her childhood was hard to believe, but if you add in her wealth -- why would she publish it, even under a pseudonym?? Or, if she did write a fictionalized version of the book, wouldn't she have changed a few of the facts for the sake of her terminally ill father (like how her sister was strangled, for instance)? Stephen Lang's narrative voice was great but when he tried to create voices for the characters, he lost me. I simply could not finish listening to this book.
? - it will be a while before I order another SB book, though.
NO. Annoying female voice and the male lead sounded nothing like a hotshot pilot in his late 30s.
Anger and disappointment.
The story had you guessing at every turn!
Listening to two stories in one.
His character portrayals were excellent! I was able to picture each one very clearly!
Utterly amazing story
It did get slow but only to build backstory. Amazing overall
When one of the characters is tricked by an old airplane mechanic
Defiantly would have tried
Can't wait to see this on the screen and has just the right amount of action suspense and romance.
The toughest moment was the lead character's time with her daughter - very difficult to listen to - I had to stop multiple times.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The story was very good. I wish Sandra Brown didn't have to use such bad language in her books. That is a turn off for me. But, I did like the story.
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