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Letal by Sandra Brown Review

Title: Letal

Author: Sandra Brown

First published January 1, 2011

456 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9789897260407 (ISBN10: 9897260404)

Rating: 4.07


When Honor Gillette’s four-year-old daughter tells her that a sick man is in their garden, she rushes to help him. But that “sick” man turns out to be Cole Whittaker, a man accused of a heinous crime.

Armed and dangerous, Cole promises Honor that she and her daughter won’t be harmed if she does as he says. With no other options, Honor reluctantly agrees.

Soon, she realizes that even those closest to her can’t be trusted. Cole claims that Honor’s late husband had something valuable that puts both her and her daughter in danger.

Cole is there to retrieve that object, no matter the cost. From the FBI offices in Washington, D.C. to an old boat on the Louisiana coast, Honor and Cole evade those who swore to protect them and uncover a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them but society itself.

About the Author

Meet Sandra Brown, an accomplished author who has written over seventy novels, with more than sixty making it onto the New York Times bestsellers list. Her literary works include STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), and many others, which have sold over eighty million copies worldwide and translated into over thirty languages.

One of Brown’s most notable works is Rainwater, a powerful historical fiction novel that received critical acclaim, deviating from her typical romantic suspense genre. She has been honored with several awards and commendations for her exceptional writing, including an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University, the Thriller Master Award in 2008 from the International Thriller Writer’s Association, the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America.

Overall, Sandra Brown is a talented author with an impressive body of work that has touched the hearts of many readers worldwide.

Editoral Review

Sandra Brown’s Letal is a thrilling novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Brown, a renowned author of romantic and suspense novels, brings her signature powerful writing and suspenseful storytelling to this novel, which was first published in January 2011.

Letal takes place in the remote town of Cleary, North Carolina, where Detective Sergeant Alexandra “Alex” Lovell is investigating the brutal murder of Eliza Grace, a wealthy socialite with many enemies. As Alex delves deeper into the investigation, she discovers that the case is more complex than she initially thought, and soon finds herself caught in a web of deceit and danger.

She must outsmart a relentless killer and unravel a web of lies and secrets before it’s too late. The novel is a classic thriller, featuring a strong female protagonist, sharp writing, and intricate plot twists.

Brown’s writing is sharp and vivid, with excellent character development that brings the story to life. The novel’s pacing is strong, with just enough tension to keep readers engaged and guessing until the very end.

Brown’s attention to detail and vivid descriptions of the setting make the novel feel real and authentic. The southern setting is carefully crafted, with relatable subplots and a touch of romance that adds depth and insight into the characters’ motivations.

One of the strengths of Letal is Brown’s use of multiple points of view to tell the story. The various narrators add a layer of complexity and intrigue to the plot, as readers try to piece together the clues and solve the mystery alongside the characters.

Brown cleverly uses unreliable narrators to keep readers guessing about the identity of the killer until the final reveal. However, this novel is not without its flaws.

The novel occasionally feels repetitive, with certain plot points and character motivations revisited more than necessary. At times, the novel could benefit from a trimmer narrative structure to keep the pacing moving at a brisker pace.

Overall, Letal is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of thriller and suspense novels. Brown’s writing is gripping, the pacing is strong, and the suspenseful plot twists make the novel a page-turner.

While not without its flaws, Letal is still a standout novel in the genre. Readers who enjoy books by authors such as James Patterson or Gillian Flynn will appreciate Brown’s suspenseful storytelling and engaging characters.

Letal offers a thrilling journey of intrigue, deception, and danger, urging readers to question what they know and keep turning the pages until the final reveal. Washington Post gives the Letal by Sandra Brown a rating of 4 out of 5.

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