[Review] Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Posted 18 August, 2014 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read, Writers Write 0 Comments

Mean Streak Book Cover Mean Streak
Sandra Brown
Grand Central Pub
August 19, 2014
NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing

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

I’m a moderate Sandra Brown fan so I was excited to see that she had a new book releasing in August. Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing, I was able to obtain a pre-publication copy of this novel and give an honest review.

The main character, Emory Charbonneau, is one of those perfect people. Rich, so she can donate her time at a clinic, which she does. Fit, dedicated, really into charitable causes and such. And her husband, Jeff, just doesn’t understand her passion for things other than him, so there’s a rift between them that doesn’t look like it’s going to have a chance to heal. Needing to run from her problems, I’m supposing, Emily has planned a long run to train for an upcoming charity race. It’s conveniently foggy in them thar hills and Jeff is conveniently worried about her safety.

As I’ve said before with Sandra Brown, it wasn’t awful – I was certainly entertained and the pages kept turning- but she has written better novels. The WHODUNIT Suspense portion of the story was confusing to me. I could tell that it was supposed to be, but the “real killer” kept switching back and forth and the final twist, which was supposed to be a surprise, wasn’t much of one. It fell awfully flat, for me and everything sort of wrapped up in a big bow, as they often do.

I did not, in any way, buy the Romantic portion of this story. Not. even. a little. bit. I gathered that she came to trust the strange man who held her captive in his cabin and wouldn’t let her leave (because of the fog, but he could mysteriously get up and down the hill when he needed her to do something for him), but I felt like the romantic relationship was a huge stretch. I couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough to go with it, so I skipped most of the ‘activity’ between Emory and her Captor.

I appreciated the mystery and intrigue in this story. The romantic part of romantic suspense didn’t hold up for me at all.  That said, I’m already waiting for Sandra’s next novel.


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