Shattered: A Novel

Shattered: A Novel

by Allison Brennan


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New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan's two series collide in Shattered, a powerful, enthralling read about the craving for revenge and the desire for justice.

Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250129277
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Max Revere Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,234,136
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Girls and Make Them Pay, among others. She was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers and the Daphne du Maurier Award by Kiss of Death. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in Northern California with her husband, five kids, and assorted pets.

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Shattered 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bringing both these series together made my day and left me wanting more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Couldnt put this one down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this is a book u don't want to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Can't wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to finish each book because it will be a year until the next one. I especially loved the dynamic duo of Max and Lucy working together!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book in series. Maxine is complicated and intelligent. I love strong female characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intertwining of characters and the series is one of the best Ive read in years! Please keep them coming!
Cora More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a book group. I was a little worried about reading this book without reading the first three books in the series. I discovered that I didn't feel that I was missing anything while reading this fabulous book! This is a hard to put down suspenseful murder mystery. You experience the emotions of each character right along with them as you read the story. The main characters, Lucy Kincaid and Max Revere are great. The way they didn't trust each other in the beginning. Then the mutual respect they had for each other at the end. They have a way of figuring out a mystery. I would love to see another story with them working together again. I look forward to reading all of Allison's books after reading Shattered!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, could hardly put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aways ready to tread the next best book. Never disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Max Revere and Lucy Kincaid!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding story. Brennen skillfully brought all of the Lucy Kincaid characters together with Max Revere. I had to force myself to go to bed. It was a riveting novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read set to a nice pace that kept me wanting to read more. Good book to travel with or take to the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
DivineDeeva More than 1 year ago
This book is the 4th book in the Maxine Rivera series. Max, a reporter, has a reputation for solving cold murder cases. Because of this, she’s called upon by an ex, John, whose wife is accused of killing their son. He suspects his son is another victim in a string of unsolved killings, so he wants her to link the similarity of this case to other dead cases in order to prove his wife’s innocence. Max knows in order to effectively investigate the case, she needs to work alongside FBI agent Lucy, (from the Lucy Kincaid series) without bumping heads. They are both used to calling the shots. This book is full of suspense and is good right down to the last drop! I recommend it with high commendations! Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this title from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for the opportunity!!! ☺️
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
The kidnapping and murder of Justin Stanton has been a question hanging over the Lucy Kincaid series from the beginning. What happened to Lucy’s nephew and best friend when they were seven defined who Lucy was as a person and the path she chose to take forward. It is also one of those nagging questions that bothers readers like me. Every time it came up I would wonder if Lucy were going to take the time to figure it out, especially now that she’s an FBI agent. When Max Revere came on the scene, I wondered, would Max take it on; this was a case right up her alley. In Shattered, the latest Max Revere / Lucy Kincaid novel, Allison Brennan takes on Justin’s murder (YAY!) and brings the two series together. I have been waiting for this book since the beginning and I was not disappointed. Max and Lucy are an amazing team; not surprisingly. Brennan seamlessly blends the two series for one kick-ass novel. I really liked these two women together. I sincerely hope this isn’t a one-off and we see them develop the relationship they’ve started as both series move forward. There is clearly room for both of these amazing women in future novels. Especially since it appears that Max is taking on the biggest question in her life: what happened to her mother? I just know that Lucy and Sean can help with that. Max is definitely going to need her friends as that story plays out. At the same time, the implications for the Lucy series going forward are going to be interesting. I look forward to seeing how Brennan ties the threads of this book back to Lucy’s career as an FBI agent. There are certainly trials ahead and I look forward to going along for the ride. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This book took me out of my usual genre reading and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Max Revere is an investigative reporter who has been asked, no begged, to look into the possibility of a serial killer of young boys and how it may relate to the killing of his son. She usually only investigates cold cases but promises to take a look. This brings in Lucy Kincaid who was related to one of the earlier victims. Can they work together? Can they trust each other enough to not explode and bring it all down? There is a lot of backstory which I found helpful but made the early part of the story lag but even though there was so much I slogged through it and tried to keep it all straight. Once the backstory was over and the rest took over, the book flew and was GREAT. For this reason, I will be on the lookout for the next book in the series (either Max or Lucy). **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**