[459]: Lethal by Sandra Brown


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Grand Central Publishing | Published: September 20th, 2011 | Hardcover, 472 pages | Adult Fiction | Suspense | Romance | Mystery | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Honor Gillete could not have foreseen the identity of the man that her daughter found sprawled and bleeding in their yard. Not even that of an accused mass murderer who killed at least 7 people in a shooting at a shipping warehouse. Armed and dangerous, he promised Honor that no harm will come to her and her daughter. The more time she spent with him, however, the more she questions the worth of the man’s word. Honor soon discovers that Coburn ending up in her yard may not be accidental. He claims that her husband was in possession of something that could put a face to an organization whose criminal activities puts the mafia to shame.

The race is on to find whatever it was her dead husband found, but only if they can escape those who wanted them dead first.

So this book had everything that I’ve come to enjoy about her books…well, except for one thing: the ending left me shouting expletives because she decided that implied happy ending would be better than no HEA. Seriously?!

It is not okay. Okay?!

It was cruelty in the basest of form. Sigh.

This book features the second worst kind of depravity I’ve ever read in all of her works. The first one beingΒ Breath of Scandal, where the avenging heroine was gang-raped headed by a man whose family had influence in their small town. Lethal had human trafficking, corrupt public officials, drug trafficking, and killings left and right.

Chase is the name of the game here. Sometimes, it got to a point where I thought Coburn and Honor could not possibly get away from all those who were after them. I mean, how could they? When they didn’t know who was in the payroll of the crime organization, and whose money had reaches even so far as the FBI. However, the best thing about Sandra’s books is that the good guys are always a step ahead of the bad guys. Just when you think, “this is it. They’re going to get caught for sure!”, Sandra manages to let them slip away almost flawlessly. At the same time, I’m worried that I’m starting to feel complacent. That the next time I read something of hers, she’ll pull a fast one on me, then puts her characters through immeasurable torture.

I have read 12 of her books. Each one a stand alone, and not a part of a series. I honestly couldn’t tell you which is a favourite because each one is equally fantastic on their own rights. While I was writing this post, I was also stalking her Goodreads page, looking for clues on when her next book would be out. To my utter disappointment, she just released a new one. Which means, that I will be waiting for at least two more years until her next book. Then I realized, that I own at least 13 more of her books that I haven’t read. Hopefully, it will keep me satiated for now.

Do you like romantic suspense?

Or Linda Howard, for that matter? Because if your answer is yes, you’ll definitely enjoy Sandra Brown’s books. But I must warn you that hers are the habit-forming kind. You’ll find yourself looking for your next hit soon after you finish one, guaranteed.


  • I agree, Joy, that ending was especially cruel! You’ve blown through a ton of her books and I feel left behind! I’ve just started listening to Low Pressure, and I’m happy to hear you liked it because I saw someone’s update on GRs saying it was dragging. I think I want to read Charade next. I’ll have to check and see if you got to that one.

    I haven’t read any Linda Howard but I’ve been looking over her book list lately. I have Cry No More highly recommended.

    • I’ve read Charade years ago, Rachel. I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed it. That one was a bit weird. I hope you’ll enjoy Low Pressure. πŸ™‚

  • Awesome review Joy πŸ˜€ I’m glad you liked this book. <3 But omg. The ending is bad? ACK. I do not approve. It sounds kind of awful, lol πŸ˜€ But I like the sound of this book too. It sounds creepy. Which I like. Just still not my genre :p Grrrr. SOON. I hope. Anyway. So happy you loved it. <3 thank you for sharing about it πŸ™‚

  • Really good review! (: You seem to really enjoy this book up until the point where I almost put in on my TBR-list, even if I definitely do not like romance books.
    That’s impressive. (:

    – Love, Felicia
    ( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

    • Lol! You’re a novelty. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like romance in books. πŸ™‚

  • SHE’S WRITTEN 25 BOOKS?! Oh my, and you’ve already read and loved half of them which is a brilliant sign. Sandra sounds like a cruel, cruel author with her endings, but I’m all for an open-ended ending over a HEA. Wonderful review Joy, I hope I get to pick up on of her books one day πŸ™‚

  • I think I tried a few by her and really enjoyed it and I may have one or 2 in fact but I’ll have to check that out. I’m glad you had a good time with it even if the end wasn’t what you wanted in fact. Thanks for the review!

    • Thanks, Melliane. I really can’t recommend these books enough. πŸ™‚

  • Holy crap, this sounds not only super intense but really dark and mind blowing. not a book to be taken lightly. I’ve actually never heard of Sandra Brown, but if you’ve read 12 of her books and loved all of them? I’m going to have to grab a copy and give her a go.

    Which one would be a good one to begin with?
    Awesome review Joy <3

    • I think you’re better off starting with her newest one, Meanest Streak. Though not knowing the character’s name till the bitter end might grate on your nerves. Lol.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Honestly, I haven’t heard of this author before, but it sounds like she likes to mix things up a bit and gets you gasping. Fab review girl!
    And I don’t mind a romantic suspense, but noe all the time!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Oh yes. I understand. Usually, I read a few books in between Sandra Brown. My nerves are fried by the time I finish one of her books. Lol.

  • Oh Joy this is another book that I really like the sound of (I’m really liking the books you’ve been reviewing so far) and although romantic suspense books aren’t my normal go to books, this one sounds brilliant, also I’m always a fan of the good guys being one step ahead! πŸ™‚

    • Oh those are the best, isn’t it? That feeling when you can go, “in your face, bad guy!”. Lol.

  • Yikes! This sounds rather hard core for Brown (well, maybe not considering I haven’t read many of her books). I’m not new to drug/human trafficking, but it sounds like you had a tough time with the ending of this one!

    • In fairness, it was all implied. So the horrors aren’t so severe. Still, though. I can’t even…

  • Oooooooo , I have to read some of her work! I love a good thriller and this seems right up my alley πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Tika. Give her a try, definitely. πŸ™‚

  • I know, I know, I’ve been told a couple of times that I should read smth of her because I love a good mystery/thriller. I think that that untypical ending would be another plus for me, because I’m weird like that :). Thanks for sharing!

    • Some would appreciate it, for sure. It drove me nuts! hahahha

  • Huh. I’ll be painfully honest (and more than a little ashamed) and admit that I’ve never read Sandra Brown before. The habit-forming thing worries me a bit. I simply don’t have the time to get stuck on a single author. But on the other hand, I always have time for something new and different, especially when it’s this exciting.

    • Oh I hear you, Maja. Especially knowing that an author has written a million books. I’m definitely hung up on her nowadays, but I try to read a few books in between.

  • I’ve been hearing a lot about this author lately. I’ve seen this book on a few blogs already. I’m definitely intrigued but implied HEA instead of solid HEA? Eep! Not sure how I feel about that!
    I will have to check out some of her other books for certain though.

  • I seriously need to read one of her books soon. Even though you didn’t love the ending it sounds like the rest of the story made up for it.

    • Most of her books are a solid four for me, but if there’s one thing I can expect is how much I’d enjoy her stories.

  • You’re making me tempted to go back to romantic thrillers. Love them!! I don’t think I’ve read a Sandra Brown book in years…
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Jen, you have to read her newest one. I thought it was splendidly done. πŸ™‚

  • I’m so happy that FINALLY a good book landed on your TBR pile. You were well past due. I’ve dabbled in Romantic Suspense a bit when the mood strikes, and the fact that you’ve read twelve of Linda Howard’s novels, and still continue to come back for more is a pretty big testament to how awesome her writing style is. I’ll check it out, thanks!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • I seem to be having more luck in the Adult fiction these days. so that tells me something, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚