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Friday, December 9, 2011

Lethal by Sandra Brown

Lethal by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (472 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it -- at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society.

Sandra Brown excels in ratcheting up the tension and keeping it high in her books, and Lethal is no exception. When friends are traitors and the bad guy isn’t ... when you don’t know who to trust, or where to turn... when everyone is armed and dangerous, then the book is a page turner.

When Honor Gillette and her young daughter are taken hostage by the blood-covered Lee Coburn, accused mass murderer, she’s understandably terrified. But when he claims to know something about the death of her husband – it’s possible the car accident wasn’t so accidental – she’s determined to find the truth. And as time passes, it’s clear he’s far more trustworthy than people she’s know her entire life. She’s confused, frightened and oddly attracted to this man she hardly knows.

The book starts with a bang and never lets up. I thought I knew who the bad guys were and who the good guys were and I was constantly being surprised. It’s full of action and suspense and a couple of mysteries that are nearly impossible for me (or the characters) to figure out.

The romance is secondary to the suspense, and while it’s there – the emotional and the physical – it’s definitely on the back burner. Still, even though I have a preference for a stronger romance, Ms. Brown’s skill kept me hooked and I had to know how the book ended. I was completely entertained.

If you like more suspense than romance in your romantic suspense, I heartily recommend this book. While it may not have thoroughly satisfied the romantic in me, the thriller lover in me was absolutely enthralled.