One Scream Away

One Scream Away

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by Kate Brady
     
 

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"Kate Brady has made her mark with a taut, masterful debut of chilling suspense that grabs you by the throat and heart and won't let go. Riveting storytelling packed with unexpected twists and unforgettable characters. Prepare to stay up all night, then sleep with the lights on."
—- Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author "

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"Kate Brady has made her mark with a taut, masterful debut of chilling suspense that grabs you by the throat and heart and won't let go. Riveting storytelling packed with unexpected twists and unforgettable characters. Prepare to stay up all night, then sleep with the lights on."
—- Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author "

Kate Brady's debut novel is everything romantic suspense should be: scary, sexy, pulse-pounding, and page-turning. Remarkable characters, pitch-perfect pacing, and a memorable villain make ONE SCREAM AWAY a standout book. A winner."
—- Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author "

Gritty and harrowing! You won't be able to put it down."
—- Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author

Killer Chevy Bankes is a master of disguise, and just paroled, he's coming after the woman who sent him to jail, the beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison. A set of antique dolls brings Beth into his sight, and inspire Chevy's disturbing crimes as he draws closer to Beth and her young daughter. Chevy sends the dolls to Beth one-by-one and she soon realizes that these antiques carry the same marks as his victims, signaling that the final piece in his collection will be for her.

Neil Sheridan gave up his FBI shield five years ago, but his best friend Rick, a cop, pulls him in as a consultant on a case involving a serial killer who is eerily similar to a murderer Neil encountered in the past. The investigation leads Neil to Beth's doorstep, and he is certain she isn't telling him the truth. Neil is the only one who can get through Beth's defenses and, as they grow closer, discover the secrets that Beth is hiding about her fateful night with Chevy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Music professor Brady launches into her romantic suspense debut with a woman's torture-murder at the hands of clever but crazy serial killer Chevy Bankes. Using the dead woman's phone, he calls Beth Denison, who is haunted by seven years of secrets and terror, and threatens Beth's daughter, Abby. As Bankes continues roaming the Seattle area and torturing women to death, Neil Sheridan, a burned-out ex-FBI agent, joins the investigation through a connection to one of Bankes's earlier murders. Beth and Neil share emotional damage and attraction, revealing their secrets at a lugubrious pace. Their mutual unmasking parallels the desperate dig for clues, but as they race to find Bankes, he invades Beth's home to lie in wait. Snappy dialogue, good police procedural details and twisty psychology create white-hot tension that thriller fans will love, overwhelming the slow, bare-bones romance. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446541527
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
634,314
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Kate Brady has won or been a finalist in many writing contests, including the Golden Heart, the Maggies, and the Suzannah. ONE SCREAM AWAY is her debut novel.

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One Scream Away 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 35 reviews.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
Chevy Bankes is a killer with a mission - and it begins and ends with Beth Denison. She is the "one victim" that got away from him 7 years before and he is out to correct that mistake now. Since the night she was attacked, Beth's life has changed. She now has a young daughter to watch over. Her husband left her while she was pregnant and was killed in a plane crash not long after. Neil Sheridan is the ex-FBI agent that was investigating some murders years before when his wife and son were killed. He has never been the same since and left the FBI because of it. Murders that begin happening again are similar to those from years earlier and he is called in on the case "unofficially". Even though both he and Beth have built up defensive walls because of their pasts, they grow closer and are able to begin to trust each other. How far will that trust take them before the nightmare is over? Well, if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, then you know that I love thrillers. This one was no exception. I was 1/2 way through the book when I felt like it was reaching the climax - only to realize I still had 200 pages to go! This book built the tension up numerous times as it continued to give you pieces to the puzzle - it definitely kept me up reading later many nights than I should have been!
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This was a great read. Spooky, scary and I may have nightmares tonight. Can't wait to read her next one!
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DoB77 More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of suspense novels that pull you in and make you feel like you can relate to the main characters. I was pulled in from the beginning and couldn't put the book down needing to know what came next. Kate Brady is a name you will want to keep on your to read list!
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I am always on the look out for good romantic suspense novels. I am not into the graphic stuff so sometimes it is hard to discover good suspense! Kate Brady's first novel fits the bill. There is a little graphic stuff but tolerable. She spins a story with discoveries and suspense with each page! Her killer is a multi-demenstional character with much pain. Her hero and heroine have had much pain in their lives also but although they have been to the edge of sanity, they were able to maintain their hold on sanity. The killer could not. I hesitate to say mcuh about the plot because I want do not want to giev anything away, The best I can say is if you like Laura Griffin, you are going to LOVE Kate Brady!!!
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What I liked most about the book was the author's voice. It kept me reading even when the plot holes and contrivances had me rolling my eyes. First the positives--very suspenseful, great voice, and chilling killer. Negatives were found in the middle half of the book. As the killer draws closer and closer to Beth, it's unlikely the hero's cop friend is going to have access to the details of each murder as it happens in a different state. Since the book was based on that flawed premise, it spoiled what otherwise would have been a great read. I also didn't feel the connection between the hero and heroine, so the romance fell flat for me. Add to that a shaky ending that depended on the feds and the heroine reacting stupidly, and a huge coincidence placing the heroine in jeopardy, and the book went from five stars to three.
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There's a lot to love about Kate Brady's One Scream Away, the best of which is her edgy voice. I found that I enjoyed her storytelling much more than I do most of the NYT bestselling romantic suspense authors, and that's saying a lot. She's also created a very creepy villain and there's plenty of thrills in the book. The second and third quarters of the book were great. But the flaws in the first and last quarters marred my enjoyment. **********CAUTION: SPOILERS*********************** There were several 'what the..." moments in the first hundred pages. First a cop in another state calls the Arlington lieutenant and asks him to follow up on a phone call made on a murder victim's phone in that state. Ok. But how does this Arlington cop find out about the next victim in another state? And then the next in yet a different state? And then about a couple 'missing persons who may or may not be missing?' Are we to believe cops in each of the succeeding states also happened to call that same Arlington cop within hours of the crimes? The premise was so contrived I had a hard time reading on. I didn't buy the romance between Neil and Beth. Because we were in his point of view so much I never felt like I knew Beth. And his response to her was too immediate and serious for a man who supposedly had so much baggage. But the last quarter of the book was worse. It relied on several characters (and the FBI) becoming extremely stupid. Why would the feds hide Beth and her daughter at a spot the killer was familiar with? And I couldn't help rolling my eyes when Beth so easily fooled the feds so she could leave their security to meet the killer herself. Smart move. And the killer somehow knows what exit she will take and that she will stop in a specific diner along the way? These plot holes ruined what otherwise would have been a solid thriller. But I did enjoy Brady's voice enough to be on the look out for her next book.