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Mean streak
2014
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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
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.
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