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Product Details

  • Series: She Can Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477807411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477807415
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leigh hammers home the danger of daily routines posted on social media in this well-crafted romantic thriller. A sadistic serial killer stalks Madison Thorpe, whose social media updates tell him just where she’ll be when. As he’s throttling her, she screams. High school math teacher and women's self-defense instructor Brooke Davenport hears the cry and dashes in to save Madison. The attacker gets away and begins to make plans for both Madison and Brooke. Internet security specialist Luke Holloway, who had a crush on Brooke in high school, has spent three months recovering from being injured in a terrorist blast that killed his assistant. He vows to protect Brooke from danger, and their romance evolves quickly while the killer increases his threats. Leigh (She Can Tell) skillfully leads the reader down several red-herring paths, and the tension ratchets up as the pages turn. This is one to read with the light on.  (Sept.)


"She Can Scream had me hooked from the moment I started reading…" —The Romance Reviews, 5 Stars “Top Pick”

More About the Author

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. Over the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda's debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate and teaches women's self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs and two new rescue cats who already run the place. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting

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She Can Scream is the fourth Melinda Leigh novel I have read. Somehow I missed Midnight Sacrifice, so I ordered it today.

Normally, my wife and I have a very different taste in reading material--not so when it comes to author Melinda Leigh's novels. When I bring home one of her books, it is a crap shoot for which one of us gets to read it first.

While the publisher lists Leigh as a Romance writer, my wife categorizes her books as murder mysteries with an undercurrent of romance. I, on the other hand think of her books as strong suspense thrillers that contain some romantic erotica. That's my story and I am sticking by it.

Regardless of how this author's work is labeled, her writing skills are first rate. She grabs the reader from the onset with vivid and mesmerizing action creating twists and turns that grips readers and keeps them guessing.

She Can Scream is a 365-page roller coaster ride that kept me glued to my reading chair and made my face flush from time to time.

The main character, Brooke Davenport, is a high school mathematics teacher in Westbury, Pennsylvania. She and her ex-husband, Ian, live over a hundred miles apart after Ian chose his life style over her and their children, Haley their 15 year old daughter and Chris their 14 year old son.

After finding her roommate, Karen viciously murdered, Brooke made it her mission in life to teach women's self-defense classes for the past 16 years as self-imposed punishment, blaming herself for Karen's murder.

Brook's younger brother, Wade and her friend Abby Foster and others would like to see her find love and marry again and they are not shy about trying to fix her up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MLouise VINE VOICE on August 31, 2013
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This is my third read in the 'She Can' series, and I love them all equally. For those of you who read the previous two books (She Can Run & She Can Tell), this book features police chief Mike O'Connell and then later in the story, retired homicide detective Jack O'Malley. And although it is nice to hear a familiar character's name, each installment works perfectly as a stand alone book as well.

The main character in 'She Can Scream' is Brooke, a thirty something woman who experienced the murder of Karen, her best friend and roommate many years before. Due to survivor's guilt, Brooke immerses herself in the study of rape/murder cases, learns self defense, then dedicates much of her spare time towards teaching other women how to protect themselves. A secondary main character is Luke, a good friend of Brooke's brother who has made a promise to protect Brooke. He has gone through his own tragedies and is as emotionally scarred as Brooke, so it is interesting as well as gratifying to see them go through things together.

The story starts, when due to a one-time scheduling conflict of one of Brooke's self defense classes, she finishes the session later than her normal time. As she is leaving the building, she is within earshot of the screams of a woman (Maddie) being attacked. Of course, the killer does not expect his well planned attack to be thwarted, so when Brooke intervenes she then also becomes a target. As the killer closes in on his prey (both Maddie and Brooke), he is cunning enough to send very effective 'reminders' that it is only a matter of time before he has them in his grasp. Some of these reminders involve new unexpected victims.

The killer's profile is interesting.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GABixler on September 3, 2013
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She had just finished teaching her class and was loading her equipment in her car when she heard it...

"A distant scream cut through her thoughts. Its raw tone and the way it cut off mid-wail disturbed the hair on Brooke's nape."

She listened a second more, but was unwilling to just ignore it. Fortunately, a guard was still in the building, grabbed flashlights and followed. A fresh scream, quickly cut off came and then they could hear the attacker. Brooke dialed 911, ended the call and ran. Brooke interrupted the attack but the man only stood and stared at her. Then he quickly took off but Brooke fell over a limb while following. Then she quickly called 911 again and gave them an update on where he was heading, along with a description.

He got away that day, but Brooke had saved a young girl named Maddie! And now the media wanted her to become the known hero...Not!

Especially since the police did not catch the assailant!

Brooke was a divorcee with two children, Chris, 14 and Haley, 15. Wade, her younger brother was the only adult she could call to come get her, but he was already scheduled to leave for a tour in Afghanistan...

That's how Brooke came to be the responsibility of Luke, a friend of Wade's...

Of course, that was not what Brooke wanted!

Brooke and Luke had one thing in common--good and bad. They both felt responsible for the death of a friend that had happened years ago. Neither could get rid of the guilt...

But after all this is romantic suspense so you'll enjoy watching these two as they skirt a budding relationship...

The important thing, though, is that Brooke really did need Luke's protection--because she had kicked off a rage in the killer that could no longer be stopped.
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