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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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By KC in Lex on 09-08-14
Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.
What made the experience of listening to Mean Streak the most enjoyable?
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.
Who was your favorite character and why?
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.
Which scene was your favorite?
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.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
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,
Any additional comments?
This book was far better written than any of Ms . Brown's earlier works and I would highly recommend it.
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By Michelle Harder on 06-26-17
Meh - Only Ok if You Like Cheese
There are some elements that I find unforgivable in a mystery. This one had just about all of them. I have a policy -- I don't care how far along I am in a book, if the villain ends up getting a long, drawn out scene during which they haughtily explain their entire crime, motives and methods whilst giving the captured hero/heroine time to stall for an escape, I will immediately stop reading. That's one of the most cliche', cheesy, overused devices a mystery writer can use.
I'm no prude. But I hate when my mysteries are interrupted by 20 minute long, horribly described sex scenes, of which there were at least 3. Waste of my time. If I wanted to hear about her huskily whispering his name while he thrusts, I'd go get a Romance novel or watch a porno. Poorly written overkill, most of which is irrelevant to the plot. Just the reader know where it's headed and let them imagine the rest. I don't need to know that it sent him over the edge to **** inside her, thanks.
The overt misdirection in order to force uninspired twists is another tactic that irks me. The author beats you over the head with transparent attempts to throw you off the scent, only to later get to the big reveal that is so lackluster that it's laughable. And she does it over and over. She uses totally unbelievable dialogue in order to set these twists up, so it's pretty obvious what she's trying to do. Lazy, sloppy and flat out cringeworthy.
Those are just the 3 worst things about the book. I will not be reading another of hers. Too formulaic.
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