One Scream Away

One Scream Away

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

"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.

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ISBN-13: 9780446541527
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,044,917
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About 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 0 ratings. 46 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!
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book will definitely keep you on tenderhooks through out the entire story. Just when you think you know what is going on you are thrown for another loop. As a mother myself I can identify with Beth's desire to protect her daughter at any cost and your heart will break after hearing Neil's story about his family.The idea of the serial killer, Chevy, using antique dolls as clues as to what was happening or going to happen to each of his victims was unique and disturbing. It was not until about 2/3 of the way through the book that I really started to get an inkling of who Jenny really was and even that turned out to be total shock in the end.This book will definitely get your heart pounding as you follow the fast paced action and I am glad that the romance between Beth and Neil did not overwhelm the murder mystery. Instead their relationship was seemlessly integrated into the main plot.
BellaFoxx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison is living in fear, for herself and her daughter. With good reason, she is being stalked by a killer. 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, that she knows who the killer is. Chevy Bankes is the killer, he is a master of disguise and out of prison and he is linked to Beth, sending her antique dolls after he makes his victims look like them, all the time plotting to exact his revenge on her. To catch this killer Neil needs to get through Beth's defenses and find out the truth, who this killer is and what else she knows about him.When I first started reading this book and Neil met Beth, I was prepared to hate her. The one thing I hate in a 'good' character is stupidity and selfishness and at first I though she was one or the other or both. However, as I got to know her, I realized she wasn't either, she had a jerk for a first husband. She did make a rather big mistake, but she tried to correct it, however, she was outsmarted by Chevy Bankes. There was one plot 'twist' that I saw coming from the very beginning of the book, it could be because I have read so many of these books and watched so many crime shows, that it was obvious to me. Even though you know who the killer is and are privy to what he is doing, this book still had a lot of suspense in it. If I were to compare this to a rollercoaster ride, I would say that you could see most of the twists and turns coming, but every once and a while there would come an unexpected bump.My only complaints were my usual, the synopsis had mistakes in it and the romance. How come when someone is stalking you, trying to kill you, that you stop to fall in love? It doesn't make sense to me!I did like this book and I would recommend it to people who like suspense, thriller with a little bit of romance thrown in.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! The first page sucked me in, and the action picked up from there. There weren't any dull moments in the search for the man who was haunting Beth. It's pretty obvious right from the start that Neil and Beth would fall for each other, and some of their moves were predictable, but others were not. There were still enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. I wasn't totally surprised with the outcome, but it was a little different from what I had expected. The villain, Bankes, is very disturbed by his childhood. It is that reason that he begins his killing spree. But when Beth stumbled upon one of his vicious acts, she becomes a target that he can't take his mind off of. His obsession with her is so crazy that during his time in prison, he devised the perfect way to get back at her. By using her profession, her daughter, and eventually Neil, he knows that he'll have his chance to make her scream. What he didn't count on was that Beth was strong and knew what he wanted.Overall, while a little predictable in places, the book was good and worth reading. It's got so much action that it's hard to put down, making it a quick read.
Justjenniferreading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
gaby317 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a GREAT adventure! I really appreciated the cat-and-mouse back and forth as we saw how the Bad Guy was stalking, taunting and teasing our Female Lead, and as Our Hero started to interfere with his game.Our Hero was a good guy but damaged by his past. The Bad Guy was a combination of mentally ill and pure evil. Our Female Lead was tough and feisty and in over her head.Unfortunately, this book didn't work so well for me as a romance. I didn't really feel the attraction, although the author told me it was there. It also broke one of my rules of romantic suspense-- the lead characters didn't work as a team.Once I decided to read it as a thriller rather than romantic suspense, I enjoyed it.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beth Denison is being stalked and harassed by serial killer Chevy Bankes. Chevy was just recently paroled and is after Beth since she¿s the one who sent him to jail seven years ago. He keeps calling her cell phone to threaten her and her young daughter Abby. She is terrified by his antics but at the same time she feels that she has the strength to take him on.Former FBI agent, Neil Sheridan has been called in for his expertise by his friend and colleague, Rick. Neil once handled a murder case whose actions were quite similar to Chevy¿s. Their investigation leads them to Beth¿s doorstep but they know that she isn¿t being honest when questioned as to her connection to these killings. Beth has no other choice but to trust and believe in Neil... but as their feelings grow stronger and Chevy draws nearer she worries about what the truth of that fateful night, years ago with Chevy, might cost her.This was a fast-paced thriller, full of twists and turns that had me at the edge of my seat. It had these great characters - Beth, Neil and even Chevy, that were broken in one way or another, but who were strong, clever and downright terrorizing (Chevy). Although some scenes were graphic in nature - they were not overly disturbing. I thought it was neat that Chevy had his own chapters so you were able to get these glimpses into his disturbed mind. He was always one step ahead of the good guys and the whole Jenny thing was just creepy. The romance was very subtle - I would classify this more as a thriller than a romantic suspense - which is a good thing. I really enjoyed this and I¿m sure that fans of detective/murder mysteries, thrillers and action novels will too.
maryintexas39 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly suprised by One Scream Away. It had me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for more in the series.
scarpettajunkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Scream Away is a book of memorable romantic suspense. This book is mainly about chasing down the bad guy, and he really is BAD. His name is Chevy Banks and because of his childhood, he is mentally unstable. He is tracking down Beth Denison as she is the last one alive after his last murder spree ended up landing him in prison. The hero is ex-FBI agent Neil Sheridan. When he starts investigating a chain of murders somewhat similar to a past case of his, the trail leads to Beth Denison¿s door. She refuses to tell him why Chevy would be calling her and she refuses to say why Banks will try anything to get her to scream. Beth thinks she needs to keep quiet to protect her daughter. She thinks she is tough. She handles things on her own. Neil thinks he needs to protect Beth and get her to open up. That is your start of romance. The cat and mouse game that Chevy leads the FBI and police on left me saying eewww, how sick but how clever. This book kept me reading and is deemed worth the effort. It is definitely recommended. It is more thrilling than scary. One Scream Away by Kate Brady will leave you wanting more of the same. It earns a big thumbs up and a spot on the shelf.
faith42love on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the mystery and intrigue of this book. It was defiantly a page turner, I had find the answers to all the secrets. Brady gives you a look into the mind of three characters but she only gives you very limited information, always keeping you guessing.Looking into the mind of the murder was a bit disturbing for me though and it gave me nightmares for 3 days, but I got over it. I found the plot line to be very much like many other thrillers but it was tweaked and moved in directions that others might not have taken it.I was disappointed in the romance aspect of this book. I found I was so wrapped up in the plot and what was going to happen next I didn't connect with the characters very well. In addition, the main characters romance seemed to be a bit unnatural and forced to me. I don't want to go into too much, for fear of giving away too much of the story. Overall it was a good book, especially if you like murder and suspense.
bridget3420 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beth has lived a life of tragedy. She lost her husband, mother and father all on the same day. Now, Beth's life is in danger. A sadistic serial killer, Chevy, has his eye on her and is determined to get what he wants. Beth can't go to the police. Her and Chevy have a history. She has a secret and she promised never to tell. Now she and her daughter are forced to pick up and take off.Neil used to be employed by the FBI and has been asked to work as a consultant on Chevy's murder spree because of the similarities of a previous case. Beth becomes a suspect because Chevy has used his victim's cell phone to call her. Neil knows there is something Beth isn't telling him but pretty soon Neil starts to fall for her. Will Beth open up and let him help her or will she fight the maniac all by herself?
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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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