Twisted

Twisted

by Andrea Kane

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ISBN-13: 9780061809873
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Burbank and Parker , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 104,902
File size: 621 KB

About the Author

Andrea Kane's groundbreaking romantic thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller, paving the way for a series of smash hits featuring NYPD detective-turned-private investigator Pete "Monty" Montgomery, and now her current series features the dynamic FBI team of Special Agents Sloane Burbank and Derek Parker. With a worldwide following and novels published in sixteen countries, Kane is also the bestselling author of fourteen historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is learning new ways to sharpen her firearms and investigative skills like a true FBI special agent. Between target practices, she is researching and writing her next supercharged romantic thriller.

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Twisted

Chapter One

Date: 19 March
Time: 2100 hours
Objective: Athena

She was a true warrior.

Subduing her had required all my skill and training. Even the weapon hadn't been enough to make her submit. Not like the others. Not until she'd felt the prick of the blade, sensed drops of her own blood trickling down her neck. At that point she'd quivered, then gone still. She was too smart not to. She wanted to fight. I could see it in her eyes. But she didn't. In the end, I'd won. I injected her with the Nembutal, and in five minutes her eyes went dull and her body went limp.

I had her.

Her warm, drugged body slumped against my shoulder. It felt good. My timing and execution had been perfect. It was spring break. She wouldn't be missed for days.

By then it would be too late.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York City
March 20, 4 p.m.

The auditorium crackled with anticipation.

It was the final seminar of the two-day "Crimes Against Women: How Not to Become Another Statistic" conference. The panel of experts included Jimmy O'Donnelly, an NYPD detective from the Special Victims Unit; Sharon McNally, a psychologist who specialized in counseling victims of violent crimes; Dr. Charles Hewitt, a professor of statistics and mathematics right here at John Jay; Dr. Lillian Doyle, also a John Jay professor but in the sociology department; Lawrence Clark, a retired supervisory special agent from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, a component of the NCAVC—the investigative branch of the Bureau's Critical Incident Response Group.

And Sloane Burbank, thefinal name on this impressive list of experts.

All of them had spoken. Now it was her turn.

The moderator ran through Sloane's impressive credentials, which included a year in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office before joining the FBI full-time, where she was trained as a crisis negotiator by the CNU, the operational branch of the FBI's CIRG division. Currently, she was an independent consultant who worked with law enforcement, corporations, and educational institutions, training them in crisis management and resolution. She was also a certified Krav Maga instructor. And all at thirty years old.

With an admiring nod in her direction, the moderator stepped away from the mike and turned the room over to Sloane.

Amid enthusiastic applause, Sloane rose from behind the speaker table, thinking for the dozenth time how good she sounded on paper. And she was good—just not as good as she'd been a year ago. Then again, perception outweighed reality. She was the only one who'd know the difference.

Exuding her usual energy and self-assurance, Sloane unbuttoned her blazer and tossed it over the back of her chair. She wasn't surprised by the skepticism she saw on some of the faces in the audience. Their reaction was nothing new. And it was something she'd used to her advantage more times than not.

Despite her impressive résumé, she was a fine-boned woman with a delicate frame and the fresh-scrubbed features of a college student. That made people doubt her abilities—enough so that many of them wrote her off.

Let them. It gave her the advantage. And having the advantage gave her power.

As Sloane knew, power came in many forms.

She pulled on her protective gloves and walked to the front of the room, dead center, with the aisle stretching before her, and the two sections of the auditorium split on either side of her.

"So far tonight, you've heard about coping with the aftermath of a physical attack, ways to avoid one, and some profiles of typical victims and assailants," she began. "Every bit of what you learned is true. But there's another truth. We can't always control the circumstances in which we find ourselves. So what happens when you wind up in a parking lot alone at night, your car is ten rows back, and a creepy guy who's built like a Hummer is lying in wait?"

She held out her gloved hands, palms up, to show she was unarmed, then pointed at her pocketless and holsterless black turtleneck and slacks. "I'm dressed just like you would be. No weapon. No handy object to act as one. And no purse, although if I had one, I wouldn't have time to grab for my cell phone or, even better, for a can of pepper spray. That's why I learned Krav Maga."

A spark of interest flickered in the audience's eyes—even those who'd been Doubting Thomases.

"Brief background," she began. "Krav Maga is a whole different breed of self-defense. Its roots trace back to Czechoslovakia during the rise of Nazi terrorism. It was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld, who refined his street-fighting skills protecting his and other Jewish families from attack. Lichtenfeld later emigrated to Israel, further developed those techniques, and then taught them as chief instructor for the Israeli Defense Forces. In Hebrew, Krav Maga means 'contact combat'—training designed for the unpredictable nature of street fighting. There are no rules. No trophies for good form. Only survival."

As Sloane spoke, a brawny man wearing a ski mask crept out from behind the curtains at the front of the room, visible to the audience, but not to Sloane.

He whipped a knife out of his pocket and charged forward, leaving Sloane no time to prepare and the audience no time to react.

Grabbing Sloane's left shoulder, he pressed the knife to her back. "Get in my car," he ordered in a gravelly voice.

It was like someone flipped a switch.

Sloane whipped around in a quick body turn. Her left forearm shot forward, locking against his right wrist to deflect the knife attack, and propelling her into the offensive strike of delivering a forward horizontal punch to his throat with her right elbow. As he gasped for air and recoiled from the simulated blow to his throat, her left hand snapped up, pinching his knife-wielding arm in a vise grip between her upper arm, forearm, and chest. The nut-cracking pressure caused the knife to fall from his hand.

Twisted. Copyright © by Andrea Kane. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Twisted 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was a fast paced thriller with non stop action that keeps you guessing until the very end! I loved the characters and the relationship b/w Sloane and Derek. Kane did an excellent job portraying the hurt and passion that exists b/w them. The villian in this novel is truely twisted 'very deserving for the title for the book'. Make sure you have nothing pressing to do before you start this book because you will not be coming up for air for a while!! The only reason this got 4 stars instead of 5 is b/c i would have liked there to have been more to the ending. I wish Kane would have written more about after the incident at the end. But it is still a stellar novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting and I loved it, very much a thiller with some romance, for former FBI SA Solane Burbank. She reconnects with her former lover SA Derek Parker. Slone suffered a life threating injury in the life of duty and and left her job to recuperate, she also left Derek as well. Of course when two people don't communicate, each thinks the worst of each other. Sloane is looking for one of closest childhood friends and she and Derek end up working together. This ends up opening up many wounds for both of them. Along the way, many women disapper and one women is murdered, there are a lot of twists and turns in this book and it may be that Sloane is the killers twisted target. A fast paced thiller, one I enjoyed. My first book by this author, but I will search out more titles to read by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. What a novel should be. Captivating the reader, engaging & drawing the reader in the midst of the this exciting and satisfying story. Yes, I would recommend this to all who enjoy the author & genre. Read it soon. And you will not be sorry, fellow readers! Misque
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I literally couldn't put it down.
CBNorman More than 1 year ago
she has did it again. another five star book by andrea kane.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I was slightly annoyed when I first opened this book. There are several pages of acknowledgements, then several definitions of acronyms used throughout. It took me almost 15 minutes before I started the book! However, now that I've finished the book, I'm not bothered by that any more. It's obvious how much research and work went into the background before Kane even started with the story itself. This book started out a little bouncy. It went from place to place, and between victims and Sloane. But once I got the rhythm down, I was good to go. There were places where I felt like I was reading the minds of the victims which seemed weird, but it worked out okay. I really liked that I was trying to figure out who the "Unsub" was for the majority of the book. When I can figure that out too soon, the book ends up being a let down. There didn't seem to be much visual description in this book, but the accuracy regarding the jurisdictions between the FBI and local agencies was unbelievable. I'm almost jealous about all the people Kane was able to shadow, meet and interview. Sloane and Derek are the perfect main characters for this book. Both stubborn and determined, and great detectives. I love it when the hero of the book is female, but Derek is a hero here too. The banter between them throughout the book is witty and fun, but still on track with solving the crime that they are working on. Overall, I loved this book. I have the follow-up book to this one. It's called Drawn in Blood and it features both Sloane and Derek again. I can't wait to get started on it! I can easily say that Ms. Kane has a new fan! I'll be digging up more books by her!
marcejewels on LibraryThing 5 days ago
What a beautiful but edgy thriller. My favourite read so far this year and definitely the best thriller.Andrea Kane is amazing with her pace, every page keeps you captivated, and every chapter matters, as you read it makes you feel like you are a part of the dangerous and shocking investigation. This was my first by her and I look forward to reading more by A. Kane. Everything I love about a book was included ¿ great story line, passion from the characters, on the edge of your seat with suspense from the dangerous feeling of what will happen next and I didn¿t figure out the killer, I totally had the wrong person.The Serial Killer speaks throughout the book and just leaves a chilling feeling on you, sick twisted mind, at the end you completely understand how Kane chose ¿Twisted¿ as the title.The main character Sloan, an ex FBI agent is employed as a consultant now and is hired to find a childhood friend. Sloan is surprised by who she has to work with...... Derek, an ex lover , who is a FBI agent that becomes in charge of the investigation. This meeting was the start of the intense dynamics between them, a great romance, not too much to take away from the thriller, their relationship was captivating while they worked in and out of the bedroom. When all starts to connect you are so excited to be a part of it (really it makes you feel like you are there. GREAT GREAT READ!!!!! Highly recommend.I can totally see this as a movie, it gave me the same feeling `Silence of the Lambs¿ gave me when I watched it.
groundedforlife on LibraryThing 5 days ago
This book took along time for me to read. Not that it was a slow read by any means but it goes into such detail. Which should not suprise you after the first few pages of the book where you find page after page of how Andrea Kane researched the book and she did her best to make it realistic and accurate. Maybe a bit to realistic at least with all the technical stuff. It's a good book, likeable characters, "twisted" bad guy to say the least and it all works well enough.
miyurose on LibraryThing 5 days ago
First of all, I need to say that I liked the story. I liked Sloane, I liked Derek, I liked their backstory, I liked the concept of the kidnappings. The suspense level was good, the red herring convincing to a point. However, I had some issues with the writing. I didn¿t like the soliloquies by the bad guy and the victims. The sex scenes were *awful*¿ almost clinical (could we find a substitute for "spurted", please?). The entire dialogue between Sloane and the bad guy in the end parts of the book seemed really formal and fake and not like how normal people would speak, at all. Crazy or not. The climax was a little anti-climatic (could it have been any easier for Sloane?). And Greek mythology is such a large part of the book that the title "Twisted" comes off as really generic and uninspired.But despite all that, the core story is enough for me to want to pick up another Andrea Kane book. So she must have done something right!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Sloane Burbank is a former FBI agent who was injured in the line of duty and instead of taking a desk job decided to leave the Bureau until her therapy made her fit for active duty once more. In the meantime she is working as a private consultant for corporations and the police. She is contacted by the family of a childhood friend as a last resort that their daughter has been missing for close to a year and hired to look into the case for them. This one missing person case takes her into a series of related missing women cases, all having even the remotest link to herself, leading officials to believe Sloane is the ultimate target. At the same time the FBI agent in charge is involved in a case of a series of brutal prostitute murders down in Chinatown which may somehow be related to the missing women.Comment: Wow! This was a stunner! I wish I hadn't waited so long to read this as I would have read the sequel by now too. Two things initially put me off, the cover and the description on the back as a "romantic thriller". I'm not a romance reader and the word had me thinking this might be a bit of fluff, but boy was I wrong! A very creepy, unusual serial killer is the focus of this book which shifts focus occasionally to the criminal's first hand point of view and then back to the third person narrative of the main plot. This person is very freaky and the whole story of motive that the author has created is very unique and fantastic. I quickly had my eye on a suspect and played into the author's hands all along as I followed her red herrings and was joyfully surprised how wrong I was at the reveal. Usually, in these thrillers with male/female partners we have s*xual tension or a relationship going on, but the 'romance' writer in the author comes out in this area of the book and there is quite a bit of descriptive s*x in the book that I would rather have done without. Some people would consider it quite graphic, though in the whole realm of what I've read I'd say it gets very close without quite getting to full fledged graphic. For this reason I can't give the book a full rating. I've read a lot of thrillers and this type of 'romance=sex' doesn't sit right with me. Save it for the paranormal romances, I say.Otherwise, Ms Kane has crafted a taut, unique and very satisfying page turner of a thriller. I will be reading the sequel soon.
glascot on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Another page turner from Andrea Kane, who is one of the best authors of Romantic Suspense. As soon as you start reading you are drawn into the world of Sloane Burbank and her determination to help find what happened to her childhood friend who went missing almost a year ago. The characters are wonderfully written and I was kept guessing for a long time as to who the unsub was. Her writing keeps me entertained from page 1 til the last page which I hate as I know it will be a while before another book from her comes along.
cpom on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Twisted, by Andrea Kane, is a real page turner. Sloane Burbank, a former FBI agent turned private consultant, was hired to find out what happened to her childhood friend who disappeared a year ago. As she starts to dig into the case, more women begin to disappear. Is there a connection? As the mystery of the disappearing women gets more and more involved, we're exposed to more of Sloane's past, especially as it involves FBI Agent Derek Parker. Can Sloane work with Derek to find the missing women? Can Sloane deal with the injury that caused her to leave the FBI? Can Sloane survive, being the ultimate target of the kidnappers grand plan?Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down until you get to the end.
Rubypj on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Andrea Kane captured my interest in the first few pages with a seriously compelling villain.The multi-layered plot sees a stubborn FBI hero and an ex-FBI heroine with a romantic history caught in a race against time to catch a killer who undermines them at every turn. The plot is so intricate that you don't know who the villain is until the very last. and is fast paced enough to keep you reading late into the night. The book is tightly written and well researched lending authenticity to the story.
dragonmistress on LibraryThing 3 months ago
When ex-FBI agent Sloane Burke is called in to investigate the disappearance of a childhood friend, she ends up working with an ex-lover and Agent In Charge Derek Parker. His close proximity rekindles feelings she thought she¿d left behind, as well as the past that still haunts her. More than a romantic thriller, this novel combines a pathological killer targeting prostitutes and a psychopath seemingly kidnapping random women from collage campuses. The twists and turns keep you in suspense and you really do not know ¿who dun it¿ until the end.
dewer421 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is an amazing book! With the FBI, serial kidnapping and killing, romance and pain, Andrea Kane covers everything! You will not put this book down (and you shouldn't! Who needs sleep when you have Twisted?)
miawinner on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A serial kidnapper/ killer is on the loose and Sloane Burbank, former FBI special agent, seems to be connected to each victim in one way or another. She meets up with an ex-love, Derek Parker, and things begin to heat up again, adding some steamy romance to the suspense. This book is full of suspense that it keeps you guessing the entire time and definitely keeps you on edge the entire time. A true page turner until the very last page!
tinahamp on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Andrea Kane has done it again! I could not put this book down. The characters were very believable, and the plot was intriguing and suspenseful. I never who the killer was until the very end. I can't wait to read the next Andrea Kane's novel.
CharityPink on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is definitely a page turner!! The book centers on Sloane, A former FBI agent, who left the Bureau to recover from an attack and now consults with law enforcement and corporations about hostage negotiations. She gets involved in a friends 11 month old disappearance and has to deal with the man she walked away from when she walked away from the FBI. I read this book in one sitting. It kept me guessing at who the bad guy was until the very end!! You can really tell the author researched her topic and knew what she was talking about when it came to procedures and standards of operation with the FBI.I loved the characters and how the romance is there, but second to trying to find a killer. A great book for anyone who loves a good thriller or police procedural!! I will definitely be reading all her other books! :-)
Califa on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is the best suspense book I've read this year. Sloane Burbank is the sort of woman we'd all like to be. She is confident in who she is and a bit driven but she is strong, intelligent and beautiful. She is vulnerable too and that strikes a chord in all women. The characters are finely drawn and the whole plot makes a reader feel that it is all real. Working in law enforcement myself I recognize much of the protocol. The bad guy is possibly the creepiest since Hannibal Lecter.I just couldn't put the book down and that means a lot with me. I can't wait to finish it but on the other hand I really want to savor the storyline and enjoy the chase.This is simply a great read and I hope readers who love suspense, romance, and diving into a book completely will get out there and buy it when it comes out.
dukefn99 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Sloane is a former FBI agent who is called to work on a stalled investigation involving the disappearance of a childhood friend. The problem is her ex-lover, Derek, is the agent in charge and he's surprised to see her. But when more missing women are connected to the case and Sloane seems to be the link, the stakes are suddenly much higher.Twisted took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I found myself reaching for the box of tissues more often than not and couldn't put the book down once I got started. I was pleased when I was unable to figure out who the madman was, but all the clues were there so it didn't come completely out of the blue. And Twisted is the perfect name, for the madman truly was twisted.My only "complaint" is that the book is marketed as a romantic thriller, yet the romance is almost non-existent. Sure there are a couple sex scenes and the characters declare love for each other, but it wasn't developed as much as the thriller half. That said, it really isn't needed. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading future installments in this new series.
cbruin on LibraryThing 3 months ago
¿Twisted¿ is an amazing read. I am a huge Andrea Kane fan. I devoured this story; I was not able to put the book down until the end. In Twisted, Andrea Kane keeps you guessing until the end to see how the story will turn out. She creates vivid characters that you can root for easily. Sloane Burbank is an independent woman who stands on her own, but with enough vulnerability to make her seem real. Derek, her former lover, is a man with many faults but still you find yourself identifying him as a man you would want in your corner as well. He is the agent in charge of a case, which involves a ruthless killer and college women that Sloane is set on reopening. As the story progresses and the danger around Sloane escalate, Derek will be needed to help her survive. I strongly recommend this book. I enjoyed it immensely.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful. Kept me intrigued thru the entire book. Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont usually read murder mysteries. Im a romance drama reader But this author really converted me I recommend this very highly
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