Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth...but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister, Cassie, was always the perfect twin. Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them before it's too late.
Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.
Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.
With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.
It starts as a prank - a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe. Among the teen counselors, tensions and hormones are running high. No wonder the others agree when Jo-Beth Chancellor suggests they scare Monica O'Neal a little.... or a lot. Monica has it coming, and no one will really get hurt. What could go wrong? Everything.
Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married to a top anchorman, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life in Beverly Hills - until her whole world dissolved in a single instant on the freeway two days before Christmas. In the aftermath, she pieces her life back together and tries to find meaning in her existence as a human rights worker in the worst areas around the globe.
Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather's grave. Now she's burying Drake Trucking's top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats, and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe - Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling - and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly's granddad he'd protect her.
On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie. Susan Sematov is proud of her son, Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good - or evil.
Claudia Bishop's perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house - one that, unbeknownst to her, has an ugly history and may hide long-buried secrets.
Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.
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.
Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.
As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.
FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.
When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.
Kate loves her life. At 44 she's happily married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children, and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. Everything changes, however, when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter and Jill. Kate and Peter exchange only a few pleasant words, but that night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a burning desire for Peter. What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession.
Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found unconscious after a merciless assault.
From number-one New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.
Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.
Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.
But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large...and a threat.
Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary die-hard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.
Friction will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.
Sandra Brown lived up to expectations with her latest novel but I found that the narrator spoilt it for me. Stephen Lang's Crawford Hunt sounded like a recovering alcoholic/caveman. The other characters were well depicted. I also found numerous instances during the narration where there had been editing, with the narrator's timbre suddenly changing and breaking the flow. A poor audiobook production, Hachette Audio, sorry!
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Friction?
It was a good story. Not very complex but an easy "read". It was predicable, not a lot of twists and turns in the plot.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The main character reminded me of Timothy Oliphant's character in the FX series Justified.
Did Stephen Lang do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
He did a decent job of the voices although the production was poor. There were obvious times that the editor had cut in different readings because the tone of his voice would abruptly change. These unfortunately were done in mid script and not during natural breaks in the story.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Stephen Lang?
Nothing about this story was believable, particularly the motives and reactions of the characters. Very disappointing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Where does Friction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
If you are a long time fan of S.B. as I am, you will recognize her classic romance/mystery stye of writing in this story. This is not her best, but it will not disappoint. As always, S.B. has a last minute twist before the story ends.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Friction?
When Crawford has any dialogue with Georgia. She will grab your heart.
What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
My fave readers are Victor Slezak, and Jonathan Davis. Check out their reads of S.B. works. Natalie Ross, Enid Graham ,and Stephen do a good job, but they didn't get the top S.B. stories to read. Stephen did bring our hero to life as he is a good actor and can read well.
Any additional comments?
If you like this story, see Sandra Brown's Stand Off, Smoke Screen, and newest best, Mean Streak. These are not to be missed.
21 of 24 people found this review helpful
i really liked the story line, I am just getting tired of having to hunt around to find books with out a ton of sex. i am not against sexual tension between characters or implied sex, but can I get a great book with out bulging throbbing pants and heaving breasts?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Kept me interested from beginning to end. Great twist at the end! All of the characters were well written and stayed true to themselves even though they were changed through circumstances.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
It's ok but there are better stories out there
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Narrator was ok, the voice over corrections were really bad.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I loved, loved this book. While I'm sure it's being criticized for having too much romance, that's what made me fall in love with Sandra Brown's writing so many years ago. And for me, Friction was almost a throw back to the early days of her suspense. It's got all those awesome elements ~ the hunky, oh so NOT perfect hero, the heroine who is really TOO perfect but you can't help but find yourself really liking her and rooting for her to find a way to wind up with this not so perfect guy ~ the twisty, tricky storyline that pulls you in deeper and deeper...oh, and those red herrings she's great at throwing out there. You just KNOW you've got it figured out...but you're wrong. I enjoyed this book immensely!
Crawford Hunt is a jaded, coming back from being down on his luck Texas Ranger.
Judge Holly Spenser is the presiding judge on Crawford's custody case to win back his daughter.
They find themselves thrown together in a court room shooting that begins a tempest of suspicion, suspense, romance, sex...and emotions that emanate from the pages. Again, I LOVED it! I wanted it to be LONGER!!
Excellent narration ~ the story truly came to life!!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
After a number of lackluster audio books recently this book was a pleasant surprise. It was a well written story that kept me involved for it's duration. The narration was a bit dreary but didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the book.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
Typically Sandra Brown novel with great characters and plot. The narrative is broken by poorly done voice-over, but didn't distract from the story.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful