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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Low Pressure is a highly entertaining, suspenseful novel that will having you guessing until the very end!

Sandra Brown has created a fantastic set of likable characters in this newest novel. Unpretentious rich girl Bellamy has repressed childhood memories of the day her sister was murdered. She's written a novel, Low Pressure, in an effort to bring those memories to the forefront and bring the suspicion she has that the wrong man was accused and found guilty of the murder. She teams up with her sister's then boyfriend, Dent, an airplane pilot and self-proclaimed bad boy, to solve the mystery that still surrounds her sister's death.

There are many twists and turns during Bellamy and Dent's investigation. Bellamy has to face some nasty truths about her sister and by digging up the past she's put both her and Dent's lives in danger from quite a few shady characters.

Many chapters end with a cliff hanging sentence which made me not want to put the book down. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen in the next chapter. There's a nice steamy love scene in this one which does not disappoint.

For me the best thing about this book was I had no idea who the real murderer was. I knew who I thought didn't do it but didn't figure out who did until it was disclosed in the book...a very rare thing.

One request from the author...I want to read Bellamy's Low Pressure!

This book was provided for review by the publisher.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's been awhile since I struggled to finish a book as much as this one. After reading the sensational book Lethal, I had high hopes and expectations for this one. Unfortunately, this one fell way short.

The chemistry that was so scorching and believable in Lethal was missing in this book. I love romantic suspense novels, and I would concede that it is difficult to find a book that can balance both the romance and the suspense plots equally.

Low Pressure tells the story of a woman who is trying to deal with the murder of her sister. She has repressed memories from the night her sister was killed and has written a "fictional" book that rehashes the night of the tornado that changed so many lives forever. There was a trial, and a man was convicted of the murder, but Bellamy fears that an innocent man was framed for the murder.

Add in a host of secondary characters: the convicted man's brother who is bent on revenge, a guilt ridden prosecutor in the case, Bellamy's sisters former boyfriend, his father figure, and a terminally ill father, and you have a fairly intricate plot to dissect.

Unfortunately, I was never invested in any of the characters enough to care. Dent's character was never particularly attractive to me and Bellamy got on my nerves almost immediately. The suspense plot was fairly easy to see and I was able to guess what was going on before it was revealed.

This was a miss for me, but Lethal was a complete hit. I guess there are different strokes for different folks, and this one was not for me.

A big thanks to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an ARC for review!!!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
The plot of Brown's novel is simple enough: In an effort to find closure, Bellamy Price, the daughter of a wealthy Texas family, writes a fictional account of a family tragedy that occurred eighteen years ago on the site of a Memorial Day celebration but also a devastating tornado that left nine people dead in its wake. And one murder victim, Bellamy's sister, Susan Lyston. Based on a sensational murder and trial, the novel attracts enormous media attention, old wounds reopened for many of the individuals involved, not to mention long-buried hidden skeletons. One such individual is Denton Carter, Susan's boyfriend at the time of her death, the detective's first suspect, though Allen Strickland is eventually convicted of the crime, then murdered in prison. Dale Moody, the lead detective, has never found peace with his part in the investigation, but Rupe Collier, the prosecutor, a successful businessman, has developed an appetite for media attention. Adding to the drama, Bellamy's father is in the last stages of terminal illness, Bellamy's step-mother, Olivia, afraid to leave his side, Bellamy's step-brother having distanced himself from the family over the years.

Brown is an accomplished storyteller, at her best mixing personalities, motives, truth and lies, Bellamy's notoriety drawing the attention of tabloid reporter Rocky Van Durbin, as well as Strickland's brother, Ray, a loose cannon in search of revenge for the injustice done his brother. A young girl's crush on Denton, now an airline pilot Bellamy charters to take her father to the hospital, adds romantic tension, the pilot's life nearly destroyed by the investigation and animosity of the powerful Lyston family. Danger trumps animosity as Denton gets drawn into an evolving drama, Bellamy at grave risk when she discovers material that compromises the original investigation and trial. Brown balances conflicting agendas and characters in a surfeit of volatile confrontations, the realization of repressed memories and the imminent death of Howard Lyston, leading to a climax as shocking as the original murder eighteen years ago. Luan Gaines/2012.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I enjoyed this book from first page .keep my interest keep me guessing to the end . Don't understand the low rateing by a few. I was not disapointed glad she still is writting my kind of story .This book had every thing I look for in a good book interesting plot ,just enough conflict , mystery ,sex and danger to not want to put it down wanted to stay up all night reading .These are the books I like to save so I can go back and read over again never get tired of a great book like this.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have been a fan of Sandra Brown for many years. But, I must say, this is one of the worst books I have ever read from her. I am still not sure she wrote it. It is not in any way her style. The writing is so simple and not like her great books.
I wish I had heeded the bad reviews and not wasted my money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I like to read Sandra Brown books between my "real" book reading. I enjoy her books for the simplicity of plot, good character development and an easy. breezy read without too much thought. This one missed that mark. Her "big words" seem inserted just for the sake of her ability to use "big words." The plot was weak, and didn't seem in sync with how she developed her characters. I normally have a connection to Sandra Browns main characters. The character of Gall was the only character in this book that I felt a true connection to. The other principle players were shallow and weakly developed. This was my least favorite of any of Brown's books that I read. I would recommend you skip this book and read something else with a plausible plot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
One plot flaw after the other! Implausible character actions, reactions, and reasonings. Predictable outcomes, mostly stupid dialog, and poor pacing. A few of her books have been good reads but most are not. Don't waste your time and money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read many of Sandra Brown's books but it had been a couple of years since I'd picked one up. Nothing has changed. It's her same standard formula: woman returns home to deal with a sordid past and current crisis all while aided by a roguish love interest whom she does not like but eventually has hot sex with and lives happily ever after. If you've read any of her books before, just skip this one and move on to something else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
When this book was entered on the Amazon Kindle List, there was a definite mistake. I was able to read the book because it was all in order. However, many times during the book at the end of a sentence would appear A.K.A. It had nothing to do with the story line and I'm sure Sandra Brown would not be happy to know that such a thing was entered in her book. Does no one preview these books before a reader can purchase them?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was one big disapointment. From lame characters like a reporter that apparently eery character HAS to talk to...to the predictable plot. A complete waste of time and money.
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