Severed Trust

Severed Trust

by Margaret Daley

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The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Helping Lexie recover from the overdose, Sadie feels she is making a difference—until the 16-year-old's best friend dies from the apparent mixing of various prescription drugs. Lexie doesn't think her friend took her own life, but her relationship with her Uncle Ethan is precarious and she doesn't know if either he or Sadie will help her discover the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682998779
Publisher: Abingdon Fiction
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: The Men of the Texas Rangers , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 263,284
File size: 769 KB

About the Author

Margaret has been writing for over 20 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.

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Severed Trust: The Men of the Texas Rangers Book 4 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Severed Trust by Margaret Daley The Men of the Texas Rangers Series Book 4 Texas Ranger Ethan Stone has recently moved back to his hometown. Things are not right there. After the death of a high school student things quickly turn worse. Heading up the investigation with his old friend Cord Thompson, who is the chief of police, they find themselves buried in the investigation while trying to protect those they love. Sadie Thompson also recently returned to town. After choosing to marry a man her father disapproved of, she left. So did her new husband after the twins were born. Now she finds herself as a teacher in the local high school in the middle of a prescription drug ring and her ex has returned wanting to be part of her twins lives, thirteen years late. Not the best time for her young girls crush to make a reappearance. This story pulled me in from the start and held on to the end. It gave insight to several of the characters points of view. There was definitely romance, put on the back burner while real life took over. This series is so well written and hard hitting. Truths of what is going on in everyday life. Starting with Saving Hope that deals with child prostitution rings, then Shattered Silence dealing with bullies among other topics and book three is Scorned Justice which deals with an organized crime ring.
christian_chick6 More than 1 year ago
Severed Trust is one of those novels that's scary not because it is spooky or supernatural but because the events portrayed could happen in your town. In that way, it reminded me of a Lifetime movie—those always take place in a small town or the suburbs, and evil lurks where you least expect it. I'd like to believe that the events in this novel could never happen in my small Nebraska town, but I'm not so sure. And that realism drew me completely into this novel. At first, I had trouble keeping track of all the characters—there are many. And I do think that limiting the novel to two or three points of view (say Ethan, Lexie, and Sadie) would have made the novel easier to follow. But overall, I really enjoyed Severed Trust. The author put in a few twist I didn't anticipate, and though I did finally discover the killer's identity, it wasn't until pages before the author revealed it. For a romantic thriller that really could happen in your backyard, check out Severed Trust. It's book four in Daly's Men of the Texas Rangers series, but it functions as a complete stand-alone novel. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advance reading copy of this book for review from Abingdon Press through its early reader program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
It's the latest "in" thing. But first you have to be approved by those that are already part of this exclusive group. Funny how it has to happen that way but in order to ensure security within the group it has to be this way. Oh and you do have to bring along a little something to contribute to the party as well. Welcome to a pill party. Now that you have been approved based on who you're dating, you are expected to bring along whatever happens to be in your medicine cabinet. Don't take too many pills from those bottles as we don't want others to notice they are missing, but maybe one or two for now. They can be anything, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, blood pressure medicine or even pain pills. Just make sure no one sees you taking them and we'll see you there. Make sure you don't tell anyone either or else! Such is the premise behind Severed Trust by best selling author Margaret Daley in the fourth book in her Men of the Texas Rangers Series. We are immediately introduced to Kelly Winston who finally has her shot with the popular kids in Summerton High School. Now dating a football player, Jared Montgomery who literally has everything going for him including the fact that his dad Bradley is one of the town's richest men and who also owns the largest ranch in Texas. Now Kelly just has to make it through this party with Jared who ensure her that he won't let anything happen to her. He loves her after all and this is a way for Kelly to get to know his closest friends. Armed with a handful of prescription pills that removed from their parents medicine chests, they arrive at the party to contribute their pills to a large bowl in the middle of the abandoned warehouse. The goal of the party is to take a handful of the assorted pills and drink them down with a beer and see what happens. Jared tells her nothing bad has ever happened. Most of the time, kid's don't experience anything at all; some get a temporary high or others simply sleep off the effects. However Kelly questions just how right any of this is, but wanting to be a permanent part of Jared's future, she decides to take a risk. Only tonight things will take a dramatically different course. When Kelly wakes up she finds Jared cold and laying on the ground of the warehouse. She hears someone mention he is dead and that they have to get him out of the warehouse. Kelly knows she has to get out of here before anyone finds out, so she calls her best friend Lexie to come give her a ride. She makes Lexie promise not to say anything about picking her up, but when she arrives home, the police are waiting for her. It doesn't help that Lexie's uncle is Ethan Stone, a Texas Ranger and her dad, Cord, is the chief of police. Just how can she find her way through being loyal to her best friend and doing the right thing, especially when Jared's body has been found in the lake. Now it leads Lexie to wonder just what Kelly and Jared were up to and Kelly doesn't want to talk to her about anything that happened that night. In fact, Kelly goes as far as telling the police that she came home after her date with Jared and she doesn't know what happened after he dropped her off. But soon clues begin to point Ethan and Cord to the fact that Jared was murdered and his father will pull out all the stops to ensure that the murderer is caught. I received Severed Trust by Margaret Daley compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable one and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. This really opens the readers eyes to what may in fact be happening in schools all over the country. With illegal drugs becoming harder to come by, "pill parties" are becoming the latest thing for middle school and high school students to be involved in. We already know how easy it is for some kids to become addicted to prescription drugs but this is a chilling look at the dangers that may be happening right under our own noses. Once again Margaret Daley takes this novel into a sensational suspense thriller and completely leaves you guessing at what is happening until it all falls into place at the very climatic ending. Makes you wonder how far you'd go to cover for your friend when you give them your word? I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and think it definitely gives parents another conversation starter to have in their own family to prevent this kind of thing from happening to those we love and care about.
train_lady More than 1 year ago
Margaret Daley has great talent for writing intriguing mysteries, and this book proves it. Fast paced, and multiple murders bring the reader to the edge at every chapter. The subject of teen prescription drug abuse is scary and important for all of society to know about, and Daley handles the issues well in this masterful story. There are a lot of characters in this book, and the reader might benefit from keeping a list of names and their relationships handy. Every once in awhile i would find myself asking who's so-and-so; forgetting when that character was introduced and how he or she related to the plot. As with other of Daley's books, this one had me guessing right to the end who the main bad character was. Chalk up another winner for Daley.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This is another excellent book by Margaret Daley, and the perfect conclusion to the Men of the Texas Rangers series. As is the case with all her books, this story deals with some pretty serious topics, like prescription drug abuse, trust issues, and peer pressure to name a few. At times, the story had me gripping the edge of my seat. There were a couple plot lines running through the story, and the author did an excellent job of bringing everything together to a satisfactory close. Margaret took a little bit different approach with this book. Instead of two main characters, this story was written in several different points of view, the main ones being Lexie, Kelly, Sadie, and Ethan. It made the story more interesting and helped me better connect with the characters. Each character had to deal with someone in their lives who abused or experimented with prescription drugs. Reading the story from Kelly and Lexie's perspective opens your eyes to what is going on with our youth today and drives home the importance of keeping an eye on any medications in your house. Sadie and Ethan provide a nice romantic relief in the, sometimes, heavy plot. The message of forgiveness is clearly stated in Lexie and Sadie's stories. Each character has to deal with a wrong that has been done to them and how the respond to it. By staying angry and not forgiving that person, you are opening yourself up for bitterness and heartache. Holding a grudge doesn't hurt anyone but you. And God. God wants us to forgive people, like He does for us, over and over again. Overall, this suspenseful story will have you hooked from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
This is a romance and mystery, it keeps you turning the pages and you hate for it to end. I really enjoyed reading it and was surprised what goes on in some schools and towns
JuanitaJW More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Severed Trust by Margaret Daley. I believe this to be a must read for all parents of young people. In the story popular kids were having pill parties and alcohol in private. Youth were dying, and it took a long time but the ones who were guilty were put behind bars and the city and schools could continue in safe living. Also, they were going to be more alert as to prescription drugs among the youth. It kept my attention constantly, even read through Wheel of Fortune, my favorite TV show. Read this it is worth it. Informative, shocking to me. pen name is JuanitaJW
WriterRani More than 1 year ago
I liked Severed Trust, by Margaret Daley, because it discussed a subject that many of us may not know a lot about, prescription drug abuse. I didn’t know a lot about drug abuse before I read the book. Now I realize how easy it is for everyone to have access to prescription drugs. People really need to keep track of their prescriptions, because other people can be taking them. I enjoyed the characters in this novel. Sadie Thompson, Texas Ranger Ethan Stone, and Lexie Alexander were strong characters and dedicated to solving the mystery of the mysterious deaths of Jared Montgomery and Kelly Winston. There were also other strong characters, but they were the ones who had done the crimes. I would recommend this book to both men and women. There is a lot to learn about prescription drug abuse and what may happen when teens abuse the drugs. Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Severed Trust, by Margaret Daley, for free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Margaret Daley in her new book, “Severed Trust” Book Four in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the lives of Ethan Stone and Sadie Thompson. From the back cover:  Is it suicide — or murder? When a popular high school student dies under mysterious circumstances, teacher Sadie Thompson is not only pulled into the growing problem of prescription drug abuse but also becomes involved with the Texas Ranger investigating the death.  Through Ethan Stone Sadie discovers the drug ring reaches much further than just into her high school. After Ethan’s niece Lexie is drugged in an attempt to silence her, Sadie helps Lexie piece her life back together.  They make progress until Lexie’s best friend commits suicide–or so it looks to the authorities.  When Lexie confides to Sadie about her suspicions concerning her friend’s death, Sadie and Ethan find themselves in a desperate race to stop the abuse — and a murder. I like stories that involve The Texas Rangers.  It does not matter to me what time period the story takes place in just so that it involves them.  There is a certain personality to this group that captures my attention.  Let me say this right off, Margaret Daley does not disappoint!  Drugs!  Not the prescription kind, the kind that does terrible things to the body and turns it into an addict.  A criminal group is targeting High schoolers with their evil pills and Ethan is trying to combat them.  Sadie is just trying to teach but her “kids” are involved and they drag her into the investigation.  Now the two of them with some help from Lexie are going to try to put an end to this epidemic.  I think that “Severed Trust” is her best work yet.  Ms. Daley knows how to ratchet up the tension so that your nerves are strung tight as you work with Ethan and Sadie to break the organized crime ring that has a death grip on their teenagers.  “Severed Trust” is a thriller as the characters are in deadly danger practically from page one. On top of everything Ms. Daley manages to weave a romance into this story that just captivates you.  This is also just plain fun and exciting as well.  Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep.  I hope there is a next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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