She Can Scream

She Can Scream

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by Melinda Leigh
     
 

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Winner of the 2014 Golden Leaf Award

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.

Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the

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Winner of the 2014 Golden Leaf Award

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.

Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke, has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.

Injured in a terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.

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Publishers Weekly
Leigh hammers home the danger of daily routines posted on social media in this well-crafted romantic thriller. A sadistic serial killer stalks Madison Thorpe, whose social media updates tell him just where she’ll be when. As he’s throttling her, she screams. High school math teacher and women’s self-defense instructor Brooke Davenport hears the cry and dashes in to save Madison. The attacker gets away and begins to make plans for both Madison and Brooke. Internet security specialist Luke Holloway, who had a crush on Brooke in high school, has spent three months recovering from being injured in a terrorist blast that killed his assistant. He vows to protect Brooke from danger, and their romance evolves quickly while the killer increases his threats. Leigh (She Can Tell) skillfully leads the reader down several red-herring paths, and the tension ratchets up as the pages turn. This is one to read with the light on. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477807415
Publisher:
Montlake Romance
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Series:
She Can Series, #3
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
171,369
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Leigh abandoned her career in banking to raise her kids and never looked back. She started writing as a hobby and became addicted to creating characters and stories. Since then, she has won numerous writing awards for her paranormal romance and romantic-suspense fiction. Nominated for an International Thriller Award for Best First Novel, her debut book, She Can Run, sold over 100,000 copies within six months and was the number one bestseller in both Kindle Romantic Suspense and Mystery/Thriller. When she isn’t writing, Melinda is an avid martial artist: she holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.

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She Can Scream 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
I really like that She Can Scream is a very modern story.  The potential dangers of social media are highlighted and are very real.  This added a whole other layer of believability to the plot.   Brooke is the heroine, and she's still struggling with a tragedy that occurred years ago.  I like how she's trying to keep her friends memory alive, but at the same time it seemed like she was punishing herself and unable to move forward in a lot of ways.    Luke, the hero, is Brooke's brother Wade's friend and he's in town for a week to visit with his Grandma.  Luke is broken inside too.  He has his own hauntings that make moving on and living life difficult for him.   These two come together first out of a sense of protectiveness on Luke's side when he promised Wade he'd look out for Brooke and her kids, but as danger gets closer, things start to heat up between Luke and Brooke also.  I liked these two main characters.  On the surface they are very different, but once I got to know them better the more and more it was like they belonged together.  Can he help Brooke stay safe even as she tries to investigate what the police are already investigating?  And what about the future?  Present day circumstances and being together force Brooke and Luke to take more steps away from the past and into the future, but will they have a chance together?   At times Brooke was frustrating because she was so entrenched in survivor's guilt, then guilt through association with what is happening now...and she is determined to find out who the attacker is, even when it's not safe for her to be digging into the investigation.  It was back and forth a lot for me with how I felt about Brooke because at times I felt like she needed to think about her and her kids safety first and foremost instead of thrusting herself into the eyes of a crazed person.  I really liked Luke, something about him just pulled to me.  He's protective but not over the top protective, and he takes things seriously.  I liked the relationship he has with his Grandma.  I liked how through She Can Scream both characters really grew and were strongly developed.   The intense and suspenseful plot of She Can Scream had great build up, it was thrilling, and Melinda kept me guessing.  I could not figure out the 'who'!  Melinda held my interest and made me want to stay in the pages of the book.   Melinda writes She Can Scream in 3 POV's which was fascinating!  She gave brief glimpses into a madman's mind...enough to certainly give me chills but not enough to turn me off of reading.  I liked having both Brooke and Luke's POV, this really helped me get into their minds.   The secondary characters are all very relevant to the plot, and I liked how we got a few glimpses of Brooke's ex-husband but weren't overwhelmed by their past.  I also really liked her kids, they are a good side part of the story, with no drama from them which was a relief for me as a reader.   She Can Scream is fast paced and dangerous.  I liked the slow growth of the relationship between Brooke and Luke, the uncertainty of the future for them as a couple, and how this is subtly woven into a suspenseful, edgy plot.  She Can Scream is part of a series but can definitely be read as a stand alone (like I did).  I'd recommend She Can Scream to any romantic suspense reader.
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BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF STARS:  3 1/2 REVIEW: Another good book from Melinda.  While I was not completely surprised by who the bad guy was.  I was surprised by the lengths the killer took to be the sick person that he was.   I am always in awe of suspense authors and how twisted, evil and sick their minds are.  I am always amazed at how even when I know (or think I know) what is happening they always keep me on the edge of my seat.  Always make me want to keep turning that page.  Always give me anxiety while reading their books.  Melinda does all of this.   If you love a good romance suspense novella I would highly suggest grabbing one of Melinda’s books.  You will never look at a cold dark basement that same.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Valshemi More than 1 year ago
What a treat, Ms Leigh knows how to keep you hooked with such a suspenseful thriller with a touch of romance.  Quite the feat.  The characters Brooke and Luke were well entwined leading up to their power house boom.  I was not able to put this down.  
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
I know I am going to have a hard time typing up this review without crying because She Can Scream definitely was a very emotional book and the storyline alone should have people in twisted knots after they read this book.  Melinda Leigh gives us a story that actually makes people realize that not everything should be posted online and you should be very weary on adding people to your social networks sites. She Can Scream involves a woman trying to overcome what happened to her friend so many years ago that she blames her self for.  Brooke Davenport is now a self-defense teacher, trying to teach the women in her local home how to protect themselves.  Unfortunately, she ends up messing up a local killer’s next plan to kill a young woman, he has been stalking for a while now.  She saves the young lady’s life and now the killer is determined to finish what he started and accomplish more in his killings. Brooke’s brother is about to be deployed again and he is scared to what could happen to Brooke, so he asks his best friend, Luke Holloway to look after her and her two kids.  Luke Holloway has his own demons, he’s trying to come to terms with.  He blames himself for what happened when he was working, when a explosion happened and  a young woman, he was working with got killed.  He is an ethical hacker and provides services for companies wanting someone to find out their vulnerabilities in their networks.  His job definitely is not easy, but it provides companies better ways to secure their network. Brooke is stubborn because she feels its her job to help the women in her community since she feels she could have prevented her friend’s death.  Luke has so much on his plate as it is, but he cannot help, but realize that Brooke definitely needs someone there for her. I loved both Brooke and Luke’s characters because of what they continuously went through and how they definitely were meant to help each other get through their demons.  I was fascinated with Luke right away when Melinda announced his job description.  The same kind of job I am currently working on getting my degree in.  I also was impressed with Brooke’s courage to help other women out there and make sure they did not fall victim to anyone. She Can Scream definitely opens up what the biggest concerns with social networks are and how important it is to know self-defense. Melinda Leigh did a fabulous job from beginning to end, building up the suspense of the story and having us trying to figure out, who the killer is and what his true motives were.  I definitely was not expecting the person at the end to be the killer.  Melinda Leigh definitely threw me off on this book. I give this book 5 full moons and highly recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there and fans of Melinda Leigh’s books.  You will need some tissues though and you may not look at your computer or social networks the same way. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: *eARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review She Can Scream was a good, fast-paced thriller that will keep you engaged, and while I saw the whodunit coming, it was still a very enjoyable read with awesome characters that you can easily relate to. Brooke Davenport is a single mother struggling with a severe case of survivor's guilt following the murder of her best friend years before. She tries to assuage that guilt by teaching self-defense classes to young women in the hopes that she can stop it from happening to someone else. When she finds herself embroiled in a serial rapist and killer's tangled web and ultimately becomes his focus, she is forced to rely on the only man near enough at hand to lend assistance - and a blast from her past - her brother's best friend Luke. Luke Holloway is a work-a-holic suffering from a severe case of post traumatic stress after being involved in a high-rise bombing. After stopping back in his little home town to visit his grandma before he heads overseas on business, he is confronted with his teenage crush, his best friend's older sister. As things become dangerous in Brooke's life, Luke's protective instincts kick in and he sets out to do whatever is necessary to protect her and her family.  All in all, She Can Scream was a action oriented and thrilling murder mystery with just enough side storyline and romance to make you feel like it's happening to someone close to you. I would definitely recommend it to Romantic Suspense and murder mystery/thriller fans!