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24 May 2015

2015 Book Review #15: Mean Streak

This was a quick read.

Easy, fast-paced, page-turning, nail-biting, "stay up to read yet one more chapter" kind of book.

Loved it!

But no surprise there as the author is a fave and it had been quite awhile since I had read any of her books.  She throws in a tiny bit of romance (but NOT the sappy kind)  with a whole lot of suspense and mystery.


Dr. Emory Charbonneau (a pediatrician) and her husband Jeff Surrey, have successful careers and much wealth. They live in Atlanta, Georgia.

 But their marriage is strained.  Jeff doesn't agree with Emory and all the running and marathons she participates in...he thinks she is obsessed with running.  

One weekend, Emory travels to the mountains of North Carolina, to train for an upcoming marathon.  She is by herself.  She starts out on a trail but soon disappears!

By the time her husband discovers that she is missing, the trail has grown cold.  There are no clues other than her car which is still parked near the trailhead.

And the weather begins to take a turn for the worse.  Fog and snow move in making it impossible for the search to continue.  The local police are starting to suspect that Jeff has maybe done something to make an "instant divorce". They do not openly accuse him though.

Meanwhile, Emory wakes up from a concussion to the head in a little, remote cabin.  She is being held captive by a man with a dark past...a violent past....and who will not tell his name or anything personal.  Emory is determined to get away.

However, an unfortunate incident with some neighbors, causes Emory to help a desperate young teen girl.  But her family has their own idea of the codes of justice.  And how are her two older brutal brothers tied to this unknown man??

Emory cannot turn her back on the young girl.  But it means breaking the law!  Wrong becomes right with this man she is with...who is actually taking care of her....and even though he does strike fear in her, he also strikes passion.

Meanwhile, Emory's best friend and co-worker, is not who she thought she was and her husband's role in the deception is slowly being revealed.  Soon the FBI comes in and the unknown man actually becomes her rescuer!

Read the book to find out just who really did harm Emory and want her dead.  The ending has a real surprise!


This book was good!  The character development is quick and neat.  The reader gets a true sense of each character in the plot without having to read a lot of description.  I like that!

The book centers around love, deceit, choices we must make in order to survive, and betrayal of friendships.  It also talks of bravery, passion, and justice.

I liked the fast pace of the book and found my self staying up way past my bedtime to read just one more chapter.  

If you have never read a Sandra Brown book, I highly recommend this one.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 17 and older (due to some content).

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9.


Melanie said...

This book sounds like a nail biter! I like mysteries. Thanks for the review.

Susanne said...

Yeesh being a hiker yourself I'm surprised that the book didn't scare the pants of you and hiking. LOL. It sounds really good though. I haven't read this author yet but I think I have a book of hers in my TBR pile.