From number one New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, "Does the end justify the means?" and turns it on its head.
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.
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Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.
As with any audio book the book may succeed or fail largely on the talent of the narrator. In this instance the narration is exceptional. The narrator gives each character a somewhat unique sounding voice without crossing the line where it sounds corny and unrealistic. There is just enough of a difference so as to enable identification of the character. The characters voice is also in line with how the author portrays the characters. While this is the first time I have listened to Jonathon Davis narrate a book, it will not be the last. I plan to search the lists to see what other books he has been involved with in providing narration.
My favorite character was the male lead who remains nameless for the first half of the book. His behavior and character are a result of former traumatic experiences. The author does an excellent job of developing his character within the plot.
Initially it is unclear wheter the male lead is a criminal or a good samaritan. My favorite scene is the one where he befriends the neighbors viscous and abused fog, who he later rescues.
The compassion the male lead demonstrated for the abused dog and for the15 year old girl who was raped by her degenerative brothers were the moments I found particularly compelling. His kindness and care of the 15 year old was clear evidence of his real character which until that point was uncertain,
This book was far better written than any of Ms . Brown's earlier works and I would highly recommend it.
- KC in Lex
A was pleasantly surprised
It was good. I did not feel like I wasted a credit.
At chapter 26, I wanted to listen and find out everyone's secrets.
Jonathan Davis did a good job. I can not pinpoint one favorite character he did.
I think the scene where the hero and the heroine went to help the neighbor girl, Lisa, was a scene that moved me.
I used to read Sandra Brown while in college back in the 90s. I have not picked up a Sandra book since then. I felt that they became too predictable and too fluff. However, I started to notice the reviews about Mean Streak. That there was a possible romance mixed in with some suspense and a twist. There was all of that and more until the end. I took a chance and got the audio since I had a lot of tedious stuff to do before the Thanksgiving holiday and I usually listen to the audiobooks to get me lost and not think about cleaning toilets or floors.
Anyway, at first it took me a little bit to get used to the narrator, but at the end I thought he did a great job. I think I will be looking for more books read by Jonathan Davis. The book is written in several POVs and Jonathan Davis did a great job changing the voices.
And the point on the various POVs, I usually hate when an author does that but Sandra Brown did a great job not giving anything away. I was always left wondering what “the guy in the cabin” secrets were and if he was in fact the one out to harm her. I found myself by chapter 28 trying to find things to do around the house or sitting in the car a little bit longer just so I could listen to the book.
Emery is pediatrician who likes to do marathons. She trains by running on long wooded trails. During one trail something happens and she wakes up in a strange man’s cabin with a slight concussion. He will not give her his name or any information and she is not allowed to leave. From there we learn about everything that is happening while Emery is held.
This book actually made me want to read another one by Sandra Brown after no touching a book by her in 20 years. I liked it. If you are looking for a nice suspense with some twists, then I think you will enjoy this one. I did not feel like I wasted my money.