I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. Sandra Brown read by Victor Slezak is a match made in heaven for me. Mostly it's SB's writing skills that provide the meat that Victor turns into a mouth watering meal... If you like thrillers that are not overwhelmingly filled with "blood and guts" then you will most likely like this one. It's memorable.
This story is about a murder. Two mostly likely culprits are suspicioned early on, but SB's clever writing keep you guessing. Not many sex scenes or bad language in this one. But an early chapter offers a romantic encounter involving an airplane bathroom! but it is not overly descriptive.
The bad guy in this novel is a movie buff. He loved using popular movie lines that have found a life of their own and are used frequently in everyday life. Movie lines such as: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" which was not used in this novel but is an example of the kind of lines that this bad boy liked and used often. I loved the subtle way SB weaved the dialog from movies into the story. The characters were unique and intriguing. The twists and turns during the last few chapters of the story are superb.
The bad guy is really mentally disturbed. In this novel, he is called a sociopath but I think that he is a psychopath.
Sociopath: Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned. Psychopaths, on the other hand, carefully plans out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue.
I wrote all the above to help explain why the bad boy in this story is a psychopath. He is clever, charming, and he planned his diabolical doings very carefully. I am a huge Sandra Brown fan and have enjoyed quite a few of her novels.... I highly recommend this one.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
When I read the description of this novel, I wondered if it would hold my interest. What tipped the scales to buy it was Victor Slezak. I thoroughly enjoy his story telling. He reminds me of Humphrey Bower of Bryce Courtenay fame.
Smash Cut is a fast paced novel with the central evil character as real and well-defined as those of James Lee Burke. I also like the way Sandra Brown paints the background, the small, insignificant details of life often omitted in other books. Not surprising, there are many surprises as is the norm with Brown.
I also believe the inclusion of the dog, Maggie, was a brilliant stroke. The movie motif was quite creative.
This is well worth downloading.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
On one hand I wanted to hear the end to see "who really done it." Truthhfully though, I did not want it to end. The story captured my interest so much I was listening to this audiobook in my car, at the gym, in my home, etc. This is Sandra Brown at her best.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Envy is still my favorite Sandra Brown novel, but this one is also great! Victor Slezak does another great job narrating. He could make anything interesting!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Some of the reviews stated there was too much romance in the book but I thought there was less romance in this particular Brown book and more drama and suspense. In any case, it is one of my favorite Brown books. I wish I hadn't listened to it so recently so that I could listen to it again!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
That is about the only thing novel in this novel. It contains Brown's expected contents lovers and thrills, a twist or two a lots of fairly explicit um.... love scenes. (Sex scenes sounds so crass.) She has written so many fine books I suffer "Too high expectation syndrome" meaning when you expect the best and get above average you're a tad disappointed. (it works both ways when something you expect to be junk turns out well you give it high marks. Still, if you're a Brown fan don't pass it up. If you only have $ to spend on the BEST well, this books doesn't quite make the.uh,... cut.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful