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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 ...

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Overview

"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.

2010 RITA Winner for Best First Book

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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: 7/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 361,710
  • 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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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Enjoyed it.

    It was like watching a movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    I couldn't put it down!

    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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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Great Debut!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Mind Numbing.....FANTASTIC!

    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!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2010

    I enjoyed parts of it

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2009

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    Excellent Excellent Excellent

    It hit me from the beginning. Read this book in 2 days---Absolutely fell in love with Neil

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Great thriller! Kept me up late reading many nights!

    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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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Looking for that one last scream? It's just one book away.

    My headline says it all; it's only one book away. [One Scream Away] caught my eye when I was with my mom at Meijer and just by reading the summary on the back, I knew I had to get it. It's right up my alley; spooky, suspensful, dramatic, and ROMANCE. I LOVE romance, especially suspenseful romance. So this was the [perfect] book. Right from the beginning I was hooked. Literally. I couldn't put it down; just like the reviews on the book. If you like suspense, dramatic romance where you just don't know what's going to happen, then this is the [perfect] book for you. I would reccomend it for 13+ of age because of language but other than that, I can guarantee that you will love it. :D

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Perfection

    Kate Brady is a name fans of romantic suspense will not want to forget. Her debut novel One Scream Away is sure to make the best seller list. Brady combines just the right amount of romance, fear, suspense, to keep reads eagerly turning the pages. If this is what she does with her first novel I can hardly wait to read her next one.

    Chevy Banks is a serial killer. He torture's and murders women. The master of disguise is out of prison on parole and he wants revenge on the woman that put him there, Beth Denison. He continues his torture-murder rampage, deviously taunting Beth with clues leading to his victims. He's preparing himself for his ultimate victim, Beth's daughter, Abby.
    Neil Sheridan, former FBI agent joins the investigation. An emotional attraction forms between Neil and Beth. Working alone they will never catch the sadistic killer.maybe together they can.

    Brady allows the suspense to build. Just when you think it cannot get better, there is another twist to the plot that surprises you. The characters are exquisite; the plot is excellent. One Scream Away is perfection.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Short on Sighs, Big on Screams

    One Scream Away is a heart pounding, palm sweating, intensely suspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you are turning the pages to the very end.

    Chevy Banks is an insanely psychopathic stalker serial killer who collects his victims screams as trophies of their deaths. Beth Denison is an antiques expert who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, became the one woman that got away from "The Hunter", and would remain a woman haunted by the events of that day several years later until former FBI agent Neil Sheridan investigates his way into her life and her heart.

    Kate Brady masterfully tells this tale, and even though you know who the killer is there are lots of gripping moments and secrets for the reader to discover. The only issue I had with One Scream Away is that it is marketed and categorized as a romantic suspense. I felt that this story was 10% romance, and 90% suspense. This in and of itself is not a bad thing, in fact I would not change anything about the story, but for the fact that I expect a romantic suspense to be just as much a romance as a suspense(50/50).

    It seems to me to be a case of the publisher knowing that more romance novels are selling in this tough economy than other genres, so they decided to market a book that is more of a suspense novel as a romantic suspense novel to launch this newly published author. However, this does not change my impression of this book. I thought One Scream Away was a great summer thriller and believe that any fan of Nora Roberts is going to love Kate Brady!

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    Just how suspense was supposed to be written.

    I can't recall ever reading any really suspenseful novels, and if I have they haven't made an impression on me like this one. This book was tense, suspenseful and kinda scary. I would say that this book is exactly how suspense is supposed to be written!

    There were some things about the story that were explained a little too conveniently... but they weren't major parts of the plot, so that was ok. The things that mattered: characters, major plot points, and writing were done very well. This killer, Chevy Bankes, was really messed up. I can't even imagine what kind of emotional toll it took on Kate Brady to write this book. As we learn bits and pieces of the past we get to see how messed up Bankes is and you almost start to understand why he does what he does. Getting inside the mind of a killer is crazy, especially when you begin to really understand him.

    About halfway through the book it felt like the climax was coming and that the rest of the book wouldn't be as suspenseful as the beginning, but the twist that keeps the story going came out of nowhere and really made the book.

    The romance that sprouts between Neil, and ex-FBI agent, and Beth, the killer's main target, doesn't detract from the story. I've read books where the romance seems to take over and the plot takes a seat on the sidelines, but not in this one. The romance does play a part, but it's not what the book centers on.

    This was a great suspense novel, and what makes it even better is that it was Kate Brady's debut novel. Given the way this book propelled you into the story and didn't let go I'll be anxiously waiting for her next novel: Last to Die.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    A powerful romantic thriller!

    Synopsis:

    Beth Denison is a young single mother with a growing business in antique dolls. Young, beautiful, and active, she is raising her daughter in a wealthy and safe neighborhood. That she has a small almost imperceptible scar on her face and strong training in self defense are two small clues that Beth is more than she seems. When she receives threatening phone calls from a dangerous man in her past, Beth's life is turned upside down.

    Killer Chevy Bankes is just paroled and lives to execute his revenge against antique doll expert Beth Denison. A master of disguise and a methodical killer, Bankes is a dangerous and motivated man. To prepare Beth for what's coming, he carefully prepares messages in the form of staged victims and antique dolls that he mails to her one by one.

    Former FBI Special Agent Neil Sheridan is called in to consult when the police find bodies that are eerily similar to the crime scenes left by a serial killer that Sheridan knew well - and had previously killed. The investigation leads Neil Sheridan to Beth and seeing Beth with her young daughter reminds Sheridan of the family he'd lost. Sheridan must establish the mysterious link between Beth and Bankes. Sheridan must learn Beth's secrets to stop the killings from escalating. As Beth and Sheridan learn to work together to stop Bankes, they are surprised by the strength of their mutual trust, affinity and attraction.

    Review:
    One Scream Away reads like a fast paced thriller. It struck me as carefully crafted with strong characters and a complex plot. The three main characters, Chevy Bankes, Beth Donovan and Neil Sheridan are strong flawed characters whose motivations are made clear and coherent. While certain scenes have graphic violence, the book is not disturbing - just sufficiently action packed to be an engrossing read. In this way, the book reminds me of the contemporary action/FBI romances by Julie Garwood.

    I would recommend the book to readers of action novels and readers of contemporary romances in equal measure.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    This is a terrific serial killer thriller

    After just a few years behind bars, Chevy Bankes is paroled from prison to hunt, attack, and kill female prey. During his time in jail, he obsessed over the woman who sent him away; blaming her for his incarceration though he assaulted her. Chevy is honing his craft torturing and murdering women with his plan to come for Beth Denison and her daughter Abby.

    He calls her from the phone of his first victim just to say hello and warn her Abby is his target before Beth. As more women die, Beth's only hope to keep her daughter safe seems to be former FBI agent Neil Sheridan, but he is burned out having worked this case very poorly once before. She doubts she can rely on him while he sees her as his redemption for failing to keep a victim safe from Bankes. Together, they might stand a chance; separately they will be lucky to survive the ordeal from this lethal predator who waits inside Beth's home for the right moment.

    This is a terrific serial killer thriller that keeps the expected romance for the most part in the background; in fact the romantic subplot is unneeded distracting baggage. Beth and Neil are strong flawed characters whose past has returned with a vengeance; while Chevy is a more typical literary serial killer. Fans of tense cat and mouse confrontations will want to read this tense tale as Kate Brady is an author the sub-genre can bank on.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    A Great Debut Novel

    Kate Brady has won or been a finalist in many writing contests, including the Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America, the Maggies, and the Suzannah. One Scream Away is her debut novel.
    After a previous case goes horribly wrong, Neil Sheridan leaves the FBI behind and embarks on a quest to drown out his sorrows in alcohol and woman whose names he can't even recall. Now working for a private security organization, the scars from his past emerge when an old colleague and friend knocks on his door about a case which is eerily similar to a disturbing one from his past. Across the country, one by one, women are brutally murdered in comparable means to resemble antique dolls. The connection- Beth Denison- a single mother who is receiving calls from the killer and at one time has researched the dolls. A beautiful woman with a secret she'll do anything to keep. After Beth surrenders to Neil, both in his embrace and in his protection, Neil discovers that seven years ago Beth was attacked by the killer named Chevy Bankes. Beth created a new life for herself, far removed from the tragedy of that night. But now Bankes is out of prison and after her, killing women in prelude to his real desire- her. It may just be too late for her and her daughter when the truth comes out. Neil knows Beth isn't telling him everything, like why Bankes really wants her screaming, or why she'll consider the unthinkable- facing Bankes alone.
    The only real fault I have with the book was the secret Beth was keeping. I figured it out very early on. Then again, the author may have written it or wanted it this way. I didn't feel it ruined the story either.
    I think, in a story like this, where there is so much trauma from the past, Kate Brady did a remarkable job of understanding her characters and reactions from them. This wasn't just a romantic suspense, but a delve into the psyche of human nature and how we rebound from heartbreak and previous experience. This may be a bit too deep of a statement for a fiction book, but from a writers perspective, it made the plot flow well and engages the reader without them understanding why. I felt it was worth mention because a great author does this well. This book is well worth the read for the characters alone, both antagonist and protagonist, you walk away, or close the book, without questions and with truly feeling what made them tick. I was particularly pleased with the ending. Without having to put up a spoiler alert, this wasn't a quick, wham-bam-thank-you, Mam finish. The suspense slowly built until the last page. As previously stated, the plot flowed well, was well spaced, and there weren't any areas where I lost interest.
    One Scream Away, by Kate Brady, is one heck of a break-out book from a talented emerging author.

    Kelly Moran,
    Author and Reviewer

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