Charade

Charade

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by Sandra Brown
     
 

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A medical miracle gave TV personality Cat Delaney more than a new heart. It gave her a second chance at life. After leaving Hollywood to host a San Antonio TV show spotlighting children with special needs, Cat fights to gain respect as a newscaster. She meets Alex Pierce, an ex-cop turned crime writer, who regards her as a woman, not as a heart patient. When fatal

Overview

A medical miracle gave TV personality Cat Delaney more than a new heart. It gave her a second chance at life. After leaving Hollywood to host a San Antonio TV show spotlighting children with special needs, Cat fights to gain respect as a newscaster. She meets Alex Pierce, an ex-cop turned crime writer, who regards her as a woman, not as a heart patient. When fatal "accidents" begin killing the other heart recipients, Alex may -- or may not -- be her most important ally.

With her new world turning sinister and a mysterious stalker shadowing her every move, Cat is caught in a dark maze of betrayal and secrets...and perhaps sees too late the mask hiding a killer's face.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Soap opera star Cat Delaney gets a new heart--literally and figuratively speaking--in bestseller Brown's ( French Silk ; Where There's Smoke ) latest contemporary romance. The heart transplant that beautiful, arrogant Cat endures in the first chapter transforms her soul along with her cardiovascular system. If Brown had first established Cat's personality with some depth and credibility, that might have been the basis of an emotionally involving story. But since Cat is little more than a vessel for the concept, before we can blink, she is a good-hearted citizen who abandons stardom and Hollywood for San Antonio, Tex., where she hosts a local TV program featuring children up for adoption. Cat hardly has a chance to enjoy her change of heart and her new heartthrob, bad-boy crime novelist Alex Pierce, because a stalker is after her. Whatever suspense might have been activated by this scenario is immediately stymied as Brown rushes through events whereby three potential heart donors are knocked down like dominoes: obviously the stalker is a bereaved nut determined to kill all the transplant recipients who might have received his lover's heart. But Brown fails to develop even a modicum of tension, since the rushed pacing then slows to a crawl where nothing much happens except Cat's cliche-ridden romance with Alex. Too late in the novel, we finally get a more full and sympathetic characterization of Cat. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; major ad/promo; author tour. (May)
From the Publisher
RAVE REVIEWS FOR CHARADE:"

Heart-stopping!" —Los Angeles Daily News"

A page-turner...A compelling heroine...Brown has once again hit her mark."
People "

No doubt will increase her legion of fans."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

AND SANDRA BROWN:"

A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats."
USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786202287
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
08/31/1994
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.79(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers - including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Arlington, TX
Date of Birth:
March 12, 1948
Place of Birth:
Waco, Texas
Education:
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
Website:
http://www.sandrabrown.net/

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Charade 4.2 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down. The twists and turns were amazing and kept me guessing until the very last few pages. Every time I had it figured out, a new angle was opened. I loved it. Sandra, Thank God you got out of romances and into mystery thrillers...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my third book by this author and the best of all. The other two were great but this one takes the intrigue to the next level. The romance is also great, enough to heighten the characters' emotions but not so much that it distracts you from the thriller. And I was pleasantly surprised by the heart transplant theme. Somehow I went in thinking it would make a lame plot, but boy was I wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character development. Great story line, plot twists. Had me guessing till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never get tired of her books. Her stories are always new
Guest More than 1 year ago
On October 10, 1990 many families faced tragedies while some individuals were given a second chance at life. This story revolves around the murders of people who received a heart transplant on that day. Someone wants to stop their new hearts from beating. This is definitely Sandra Brown at her best. There are many plot twists and never a dull moment. I have read this book twice and will keep it to read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it from begining to end, a must read
rodfanSH More than 1 year ago
I love all of her books, and have read most of them. Looking forward to more being published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandra Brown doesn't disappoint in this thriller about a former soap opera actress who receives a heart transplant and then has to deal with the killer looking to stop that heart from beating. I figured out who the killer was about half way through the book but it's still worth the read for the suspense and the romance.
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Th best receiver of all time
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This was my first Sandra Brown novel and I'm hooked. I just ordered another for my Nook HD+ So happy to have found this awesome novelist before the summer