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Mean streak : a novel
2014
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Characters
Emory Charbonneau (Female), Pediatrician, Married, Wealthy, Marathon runner; training in North Carolina for an upcoming race; finds herself taken captive
Genre
Fiction
Romance
Thriller
Topics
Pediatricians
Missing persons
Abduction
Captivity
Deception
FBI agents
Husbands and wives
Mistresses
Falling in love
Setting
North Carolina - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Preeminent Atlanta pediatrician and philanthropist Emory Charbonneau leaves her home and begins what should have been an ordinary marathon training run. It is anything but when she wakes up concussed and confused in a remote cabin in the North Carolina mountains in the care of a nameless secretive, seductive man who is obviously in hiding. Little does she realize the irrevocable changes that are put in motion, the viper's nest of deceit her ordeal is uncovering, and the extreme danger in which she'll find herself. Verdict Fans of the best-selling Brown (Deadline; Low Pressure) will be thrilled with her latest spine-tingling page-turner. A mix of chilling suspense, dark humor, and romance, it stars a mysterious hero/villain and a respectable heroine who might be suffering a touch of Stockholm syndrome. The no-nonsense dialog and intense, twisty narrative will keep romantic suspense fans on edge until the final page. [See Prepub Alert, 3/10/14.]-Debbie Haupt, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., St Peters, MO (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

At the start of this solid novel of romantic suspense from bestseller Brown (Deadline), heiress Emory Charbonneau, a successful Atlanta-based pediatrician, disappears while training for a marathon; the police, along with her colleagues and husband, are soon engaged in efforts to locate her. Awakening after a painful collapse, Charbonneau finds herself in the remote cabin of a handsome, nameless man. While he doesn't restrain her, he does refuse to drive her to her car, citing inclement weather. She's distrustful of the claim that he has no phone and begins to question his motives. A parallel plotline involving FBI agent Jack Connell's search for a man involved with a deadly incident intersects with Charbonneau's predicament, casting further suspicions on her captor. Florid prose and problematic power dynamics render sex scenes more troubling than titillating, but Brown ends her gone-girl narrative with a surprising denouement that hits the reader like a well-aimed blow to the back of the head. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
From #1 New York Times bestselling 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.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.
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