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Smoke Screen

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Smoke Screen is one of Sandra Brown's best mysteries

I'm a dedicated reader of anything Sandra Brown writes and her books just keep getting better. Smoke Screen is one of her best. The plot twists keep you in suspense until the end. You don't know who the heroes or who the villians are. You don't know "who done it" or...
I'm a dedicated reader of anything Sandra Brown writes and her books just keep getting better. Smoke Screen is one of her best. The plot twists keep you in suspense until the end. You don't know who the heroes or who the villians are. You don't know "who done it" or even what exactly they did, and you fear for the safety of the main characters throughout. The characters Britt Shelley and Jay Burgess are intelligent yet vulnerable and human. The romance is steamy. This book evoked many emotions for me. It is well researched in regards to the police and fire department and the TV news reporters This is a book you will not want to put down until you are finished and that you will think about even when you aren't reading. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes to pick up a book to forget about the stresses of their real life for a while.

posted by 2198334 on April 9, 2010

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Could not get into this one.

Five years ago, after having one drink, Raley Gannon woke up at his friend Jay Burgess's apartment next to a dead woman. He can't remember what happened and loses his career and his fiancé.

Britt Shelley is a reporter always looking for an explosive story. Now...
Five years ago, after having one drink, Raley Gannon woke up at his friend Jay Burgess's apartment next to a dead woman. He can't remember what happened and loses his career and his fiancé.

Britt Shelley is a reporter always looking for an explosive story. Now Britt wakes up next to a dead man, after one drink, and can't remember anything. The catch is that the dead man is Jay Burgess.

When Raley found out, he kidnapped Britt and they decided to work together to find out what happened to both of them.

1. How in the heck do you pronounce "Raley"? Rally, Rayley, Raleigh? I ended up calling him Riley.
2. Britt was self involved and admitted she never gave a thought to the damage her stories did to others and wasn't above slanting the story to make it more titillating.
3. Did Jay have to be made out as such a horrible person?
4. There was zero chemistry between Raley and Britt, he didn't even like her for good reason!

However, I didn't see the end coming until it was almost there. This started out with a good plot but went in a dozen different directions and ended up nowhere. The last few books I've read by Sandra Brown have not been up to her usual standards. Get this one at the library.

posted by mahikahn on December 7, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Not Her Usual Page-turner

    I have enjoyed reading Sandra Brown's novels, and looked forward to Smoke Screen. I stopped reading this novel about 3/4 of the way through because I simply didn't relate to, or care about, Britt and Raley. I also became impatient with the slow pace of the story line, and the tangled web of so much criminal activity within the police, fire, and justice departments. I was very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Slow to Ignite

    I have read numerous books by Sandra over the years. I prefer her earlier work. I found this book slow- slow to develop the plot and interest in characters, and just a slow mover. It was hard to continue reading until the end. It was difficult to make a connection to Raley or Britt. I think the slow moving plot engulfed the characters here. This one is a miss for me.

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