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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blog Tour and Giveaway Closed: One Scream Away by Kate Brady

Thank you to Anna at Hachette Books for letting me participate in this blog tour.


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.

My Review

I can't recall ever reading any really suspenseful novels, and if I have they haven't made an impression on me like this one. This book was tense, suspenseful and kinda scary. I would say that this book is exactly how suspense is supposed to be written!

There were some things about the story that were explained a little too conveniently... but they weren't major parts of the plot, so that was ok. The things that mattered: characters, major plot points, and writing were done very well. This killer, Chevy Bankes, was really messed up. I can't even imagine what kind of emotional toll it took on Kate Brady to write this book. As we learn bits and pieces of the past we get to see how messed up Bankes is and you almost start to understand why he does what he does. Getting inside the mind of a killer is crazy, especially when you begin to really understand him.

About halfway through the book it felt like the climax was coming and that the rest of the book wouldn't be as suspenseful as the beginning, but the twist that keeps the story going came out of nowhere and really made the book.

The romance that sprouts between Neil, and ex-FBI agent, and Beth, the killer's main target, doesn't detract from the story. I've read books where the romance seems to take over and the plot takes a seat on the sidelines, but not in this one. The romance does play a part, but it's not what the book centers on.

This was a great suspense novel, and what makes it even better is that it was Kate Brady's debut novel. Given the way this book propelled you into the story and didn't let go I'll be anxiously waiting for her next novel: Last to Die.

To find out more about One Scream Away, or to purchase a copy for yourself please visit Hachette Book Group.

The Giveaway

I'll be giving away 5 copies of this one!!!

This contest will run till 11:59pm July 22nd.

To enter simply leave a comment with you email address. (No email no entry)
For an extra entry become a follower. (Let me know in your comment)
If you already are a follower let me know, you'll get the extra entry also.
Lastly, post the link to this contest on your blog, twitter page, facebook, wherever (just leave the link to where I can find it in you comment)

Please US and Canada entries only
Also NO PO Boxes!

Thank You and Good Luck!


Sue said...

It looks great! Thanks for sharing~

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Debbie F said...

Would love to win!

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Jane said...

i would love to win this book.

I'm already a follower of this blog.

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mindy said...

looks intriguing thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

wendy wallach said...

Great review! I love when a review tells me enough to be interested but not so much that it gives it all away.

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jemscout425 said...

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Mia J. said...

This book sounds great. Thanks for the chance.

Alicia said...

Sounds good.

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Belinda said...

Sounds like a real page turner. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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scottsgal said...

already a follower

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Nickolay said...

Sounds like a awesome book. Thanks for the chance


Nickolay said...

I am a follower



Anonymous said...

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Susan said...

it sounds like a good book that I would love to read thanks for the chance to win.

KR said...

I'd love this.

I follow.


patrick m said...

thanks for a great review..i can't wait to read this..

Miranda Ward said...

looks like a great book

mrsshukra said...

I want to win this, thanks!


Anonymous said...

Mary D
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Okay, your great review hooked me LOL, I've GOT to read this and get to that twist out of nowhere and see what happens lol
PLEASE count me in to win, and thank you for the heads-up on such a good book :)

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.



Marie said...

I would love to read this!


Marie said...

I am already a follower.


A Reader said...

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!


A Reader said...

I'm a follower (liane66)

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LittleEagle said...

Thank you

kathy55439 said...

Looks like a great read

cstironkat said...

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Mishia said...

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Mishia said...

I follow!

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Sarah Z said...

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Anonymous said...

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I am a follower.

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