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One Scream Away [Kindle Edition]

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.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Music professor Brady launches into her romantic suspense debut with a woman's torture-murder at the hands of clever but crazy serial killer Chevy Bankes. Using the dead woman's phone, he calls Beth Denison, who is haunted by seven years of secrets and terror, and threatens Beth's daughter, Abby. As Bankes continues roaming the Seattle area and torturing women to death, Neil Sheridan, a burned-out ex-FBI agent, joins the investigation through a connection to one of Bankes's earlier murders. Beth and Neil share emotional damage and attraction, revealing their secrets at a lugubrious pace. Their mutual unmasking parallels the desperate dig for clues, but as they race to find Bankes, he invades Beth's home to lie in wait. Snappy dialogue, good police procedural details and twisty psychology create white-hot tension that thriller fans will love, overwhelming the slow, bare-bones romance. (July)
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About the Author

Kate Brady began writing fiction when her doctoral research became tedious. Now a RITA award winning writer, she continues to lead a double-life. Some days she is a choral conductor and professor of music education. Other days, she plays with imaginary people on her computer. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CT0TWQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure July 23, 2009
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I really appreciated the cat-and-mouse back and forth as we saw how Chevy Banks (the Bad Guy) was stalking, taunting and teasing Beth Denison (our Female Lead), and as Neil Sheridan (Our Hero) started to interfere with his game. The back and forth between the characters kept me reading, not wanting to put the book down.

Our Hero was a good guy but damaged by his past. Our Female Lead was tough and feisty and in over her head. The Bad Guy was a combination of mentally ill and pure evil. The dolls push the creepy factor over the edge.

Unfortunately, this book didn't work as well for me as a romance. I didn't really feel the attraction between the leads, 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 to face the danger. I liked each of them individually well enough, both as people and as part of the story. There were some good secondary characters as well.

Once I decided to read it as a thriller rather than romantic suspense, I completely enjoyed reading this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and thrilling!! December 30, 2009
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Seven years ago, Chevy Bankes did something horrific to Beth. She's been living with her ghosts ever since then. Beth has learned to live on her own and has raised her daughter by herself. But she isn't prepared to face Bankes when she finds out that he's been released from prison, and that now he's after her. Neil, an ex-FBI agent, has somehow gotten himself roped into the case. Now it's causing him to have to dig up his own ghosts and face them, too. Can two people who lost love earlier in their lives learn to love each other, can Beth keep her daughter out of Bankes' hands, and can Neil save the woman he loves from her worst nightmare?

One Scream Away was one of those books that you stay up late reading and that you can't put down, and that you yell at whoever interrupts you because it was so addicting good. It was exciting, suspenseful, romantic, mysterious... everything a book should be.

Without giving away anything, there were many parts in this book that I felt my heart rip when I read what happened. The characters were tangible, like I could pluck them out of the book and set them on my table and watch the rest of the story play out. But they were also relatable, so most of the time I felt like the characters themselves.

Pacing and plot were fantastic in this one. It was impossible to see what would happen next, and Kate Brady keeps you guessing until the very last page, and surprises you at the end.

The writing was not the strongest point. It wasn't bad per se, it just wasn't very good either. Acceptably mediocre is the best phrase I can think of, because it wasn't Dante, but it wasn't hard to read.

My only other complaint was that a lot of the times, Brady describes what things look like, but not what things feel like.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. August 22, 2009
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Kate Brady has won or been a finalist in many writing contests, including the Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America, the Maggies, and the Suzannah. One Scream Away is her debut novel.

After a previous case goes horribly wrong, Neil Sheridan leaves the FBI behind and embarks on a quest to drown out his sorrows in alcohol and woman whose names he can't even recall. Now working for a private security organization, the scars from his past emerge when an old colleague and friend knocks on his door about a case which is eerily similar to a disturbing one from his past. Across the country, one by one, women are brutally murdered in comparable means to resemble antique dolls. The connection- Beth Denison- a single mother who is receiving calls from the killer and at one time has researched the dolls. A beautiful woman with a secret she'll do anything to keep. After Beth surrenders to Neil, both in his embrace and in his protection, Neil discovers that seven years ago Beth was attacked by the killer named Chevy Bankes. Beth created a new life for herself, far removed from the tragedy of that night. But now Bankes is out of prison and after her, killing women in prelude to his real desire- her. It may just be too late for her and her daughter when the truth comes out. Neil knows Beth isn't telling him everything, like why Bankes really wants her screaming, or why she'll consider the unthinkable- facing Bankes alone.

The only real fault I have with the book was the secret Beth was keeping. I figured it out very early on. Then again, the author may have written it or wanted it this way. I didn't feel it ruined the story either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong formulaic suspense lacking romantic chemistry November 7, 2010
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I'll start by saying that the story is a well told, well plotted suspense that is very detailed in aspects of murder, suspense, police procedure, and good story telling. Good story telling, however, is not the same as a believably good story. The killer in this novel has as much story time as our hero and heroine, and apparently also has the luck on angels on his side. The story literally starts with our villain Chevy Bankes, newly released from prison, killing his next victim in a long plotted and carefully executed plan for demented revenge.

7 years earlier, Beth Denison was the one that got away from Chevy Bankes. Now that he's free from prison, he sets his sights on Beth and terrorizes her with prank phone calls. What he doesn't know is that Beth has been planning for this with kickboxing and target shooting and she feels she's ready to take him on. They both hold a secret that ensures Chevy that Beth won't go to the police. Little does beth know, that blackmail is not on Chevy's mind but killing. Enter former FBI detective Neil Sheridan. Neil's friend drags him back into a case when a new murder pops up that is disturbingly familar to a case Neil investigated 9 years ago. Apparently after this latest murder, the victim's cell phone was used to call one Beth Denison. When they go to question Beth, it's very clear that she's hiding something. Neil, after dealing with his own skeletons in the closet feels protective over Beth and her daughter and gets involved more than he should.

As the story progresses, we find Beth hiding her secrets and the police and FBI hiding information from Beth so that trust becomes a big issue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
First time reading this author and can't wait to read her next book. Couldn't put book down, enjoyable fast reading.
Published 6 months ago by smkjakester
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read with lots ot twists and turns
This was an excellent romantic suspense. Very detailed although readers expecting more romance might be disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars A top-notch romantic suspense!
Beth Denison is a divorced antiques dealer living in the suburbs raising her daughter Abby. Beth has a scar on her cheek that she doesn't talk about, and is currently appraising a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly enjoyed the ride
First, if you're into romantic suspense which is heavy on the romance, this one isn't. There is a relationship, however, it's one that in some ways just doesn't "work" for the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Renee B
4.0 out of 5 stars Kate Brady
i really like all the Kate Brady books and have read all that I could find on Amazon and I hope she a new one soon.
Published 17 months ago by L David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this book . I really like the way Kate Brady writes . I hope she keeps writing books for this series .
Published 21 months ago by vicknits
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!
The author did a wonderful job with the characters! I loved that the story kept you guessing and wondering why the killer was killing certain women and why. Read more
Published 21 months ago by siper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel
I wanted to put in my two cents on this one. Some reviews here complain that the book isn't as well written as they had expected; I think they're forgetting this is the author's... Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Sea Laughing
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a little more romance
The suspense is great, it keeps you guessing, but I need more chemistry in my protagonists. A little too stale for my taste.
Published on September 7, 2011 by Laua
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
This book grips you straight away. It's a real page turner. A killer wanting revenge, and it becomes a cat and mouse game between the Police, the Killer and the Victim. Read more
Published on February 15, 2011 by 680 APT
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