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One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Genre: Romantic Suspence
ISBN: 9780446541527

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One step away...

Seven years ago Beth Denison was attacked by a killer named Chevy Bankes. Since then, she's created a new life for herself and her daughter, one far removed from the night that ended in an awful tragedy. But now Bankes is out of prison, and his chilling phone calls tell Beth he's coming for her.

One breath away...

Ex-FBI agent Neil Sheridan is driven to investigate a chain of murders that are eerily similar to a disturbing case from his past. When the killer's trail dead-ends at Beth's doorstep, Neil finds a beautiful woman with a secret she'll do anything to keep. Yet even as Beth surrenders to Neil's protection - and then his embrace - she can't tell him why Bankes hungers to hear her scream, and why she'll soon consider doing the unthinkable: face Bankes alone.

Killer Chevy Bankes is a master of disguise, and just paroled, he's coming after the woman who sent him to jail, the beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison. A set of antique dolls brings Beth into his sight, and inspire Chevy's disturbing crimes as he draws closer to Beth and her young daughter. Chevy sends the dolls to Beth one-by-one and she soon realizes that these antiques carry the same marks as his victims, signaling that the final piece in his collection will be for her.

Neil Sheridan gave up his FBI shield five years ago, but his best friend Rick, a cop, pulls him in as a consultant on a case involving a serial killer who is eerily similar to a murderer Neil encountered in the past. The investigation leads Neil to Beth's doorstep, and he is certain she isn't telling him the truth. Neil is the only one who can get through Beth's defenses and, as they grow closer, discover the secrets that Beth is hiding about her fateful night with Chevy.

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One Scream Away is a heart pounding, palm sweating, intensely suspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you are turning the pages to the very end.

Chevy Banks is an insanely psychopathic stalker serial killer who collects his victims screams as trophies of their deaths. Beth Denison is an antiques expert who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, became the one woman that got away from “The Hunter”, and would remain a woman haunted by the events of that day several years later until former FBI agent Neil Sheridan investigates his way into her life and her heart.

Kate Brady masterfully tells this tale, and even though you know who the killer is there are lots of gripping moments and secrets for the reader to discover. The only issue I had with One Scream Away is that it is marketed and categorized as a romantic suspense. I felt that this story was 10% romance, and 90% suspense. This in and of itself is not a bad thing, in fact I would not change anything about the story, but for the fact that I expect a romantic suspense to be just as much a romance as a suspense(50/50).

It seems to me to be a case of the publisher knowing that more romance novels are selling in this tough economy than other genres, so they decided to market a book that is more of a suspense novel as a romantic suspense novel to launch this newly published author. However, this does not change my impression of this book. I thought One Scream Away was a great summer thriller and believe that any fan of Nora Roberts is going to love Kate Brady!

Overall= 3.0 as a romance, but as a suspense a 4.5 so overall I would give it 3.75 stars


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Linkmeister July 26, 2009 at 2:38 AM  

The publisher's done the same thing with Karen Rose. I'd call her books psychological thrillers, not romantic suspense, but there on the spine are the latter two words.


Patricia Barraclough,  July 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM  

A good book is a good book, no matter what the label. It is unfortunate that some people will pick a book up only for the category it is listed in or for that matter won't read it for the same reason. I realize that placement in stores is important and at the moment romance is selling well. Some of us like substance to our romances and this book appears to offer just that.

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