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Bellamy Lyston's sensational, best-selling novel about her sister's murder 18 years before and the tornado that destroyed the crime scene and becomes the target of a stalker after a tabloid newspaper discovers the truth.

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Overview

Bellamy Lyston's sensational, best-selling novel about her sister's murder 18 years before and the tornado that destroyed the crime scene and becomes the target of a stalker after a tabloid newspaper discovers the truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606316408
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown
Already a successful romance novelist in the 1980s, Sandra Brown struck gold when she pushed past the category’s boundaries to take chances with more intricate plotting, richer characters, and surprising plot twists. Her string of bestsellers feature strong, capable career women in extreme circumstances.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

    Customer Reviews

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    • Posted September 22, 2012

      I Also Recommend:

      Great read, very well paced. Finished it very quickly and would

      Great read, very well paced. Finished it very quickly and would recommend

      14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 1, 2012

      Disappointing

      Not up to authors earlier greatness. Mystery was good. Romance was juvenile and cheesy. Not what i was hoping for or expecting.

      11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 24, 2012

      What a great book!

      Couldn't put it down! Didn't make it to the store OR make dinner. I love all Sandra's books. When is the next one coming out?
      Madicnm

      11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 12, 2012

      Great Read! Very suspenseful!

      I am a big Sandra Brown fan and have it read the first day it comes out! I would have given her the full five stars but object to her use of foul language. Her characterization, plot, and storyline is the best!

      6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 13, 2012

      Sandra getting old?

      I've loved Sandra Brown since she started adding meat to her romances. There is nothing better than a good mystery with some romance in it. However, the storyline on "Low Pressure" wasn't up to par. I guess they can't all be winners. Give me another "Mirror Image."

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 29, 2012

      Herbal garden

      This is a garden with rich soil and plenty of herbs in the garden. Its thick and lush!

      4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 22, 2012

      Low Pressure met my expectations. Great read. Would recommend.

      Low Pressure met my expectations. Great read. Would recommend.

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 21, 2012

      Hardcover for less

      Yep, BJs Wholesale club has it for 13.99. What a hoot. The author is worth reading anyway. My next reader will be an ipad.

      4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 1, 2013

      Unfortunately the only thing that stands out from Sandra Brown's

      Unfortunately the only thing that stands out from Sandra Brown's last 3 or 4 books is her overuse of the word 'culprit.' This book was a snoozer, with characters I did not like or care about. Disappointed.

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 17, 2012

      Too far fetched

      Im not really sure where to begin with this book. It was a very quick read but it only kept my attention for the first 150 pages or so. Everything after that was just a little far fetched for me to continue to enjoy the book. I wish it was a little more believable, like more of a true crime book rather than continuing to add more twists and turns with a very quick ending. If i had the chance i would probably choose another book.

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 12, 2012

      recommended

      Kept my interest from the beginning. Sandra Brown never disappoints. Good romantic intrigue.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 12, 2012

      Great read!

      Sandra Brown delivers another great book.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 24, 2012

      Cora

      I think that this will be a very good and well written book
      :-)

      3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 22, 2012

      Great!!

      Great read!! Couldn't put it down!

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 27, 2013

      Once again a disappointment. Glad I bought it at a discount stor

      Once again a disappointment. Glad I bought it at a discount store. Bellamy was a ditz and Dent (really ? Dent? How many Dents to you know) For once I'd like toread about a John, Adam, or even a Michael,The "culprits" were over the top and the sex was gratuitous-added just to qualify as a "love" (puleeze) story. Given up on this author.

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 13, 2013

      An ok book.....

      Sandra Brown has always left me stunned at end of her books. This one did not. I was disappointed. An okay read just was not that great.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 2, 2012

      i give it a "B'

      ok. not her best. lots of rambling----when I'm ready to move on with the story. Yes, I will continue to read her books. I've read all of her books so far!!

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 23, 2012

      Entertaining

      Not her best work

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 6, 2014

      Blue

      Welcome To Paranoia Clan! Ask to join!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 21, 2014

      O.k

      Not her best. Dent was hot. Bellamy not somuch. With sandra's name on a book, i will still be reading them.

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