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. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.
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 from those who wish her dead – and from heartbreak.
Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world’s best loved authors, MEAN STREAK is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.
*I received a free copy of this book from a book promoter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Mean Streak is a riveting story, full of romance, mystery, and suspense.The book moves along at a steady pace and is unrelenting in casting suspicion on multiple characters.Sandra Brown kept me guessing until the end.
I liked that I discarded some ideas along the way, only to find out that some of those were actually true. I also liked that I was surprised by the mystery man’s role and identity. The true villain was not as much of a surprise, but I thought the author did a great job of making me look elsewhere for a culprit. Every one of the characters was believable, properly motivated, and had captivating personalities and/or mannerisms.
One of the other things I enjoyed about Mean Streak was how the author added little details that really made settings come alive. For example, the narrator notices duct tape holding tears on a sofa together. This kind of attention to detail made me feel like I was there. I could see what the narrator was seeing. (I say narrator generally because the point of view shifts between Emory and others)
I wasn’t as impressed with the sex scenes, but that was mostly because they included one of my pet peeves–sex is not a body part, but for some reason writers like to refer to body parts by this vague term, sometimes referring to male anatomy, sometimes female anatomy, or sometimes both. It’s just one of those little things that grinds my nerves, but I know a lot of authors do this, so I don’t have much choice but to overlook it. And, honestly, in the big scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter because I loved the book as a whole. I only mention it here so others who are annoyed by this are forewarned.
Other than that one tiny complaint, I can’t find anything negative to say about the book. I thought Mean Streak was an excellent romantic suspense with great structure, character development, and rhetoric. I would recommend this to readers who like books with themes like deceit, turbulent marriages, attempted murder, and/or romances with mystery men.
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.
A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”
In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.
Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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