[530]: Deadline by Sandra Brown

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Grand Central Publishing | Paperback, 496 pp. | September 24, 2014 | Adult Fiction | Suspense | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Dawson Scott is a journalist recently back from a stint in Afghanistan. As most servicemen could attest to having these kind of assignments, a lot have come back a changed person. ย Most of the time, they also bring back a souvenir no one wants: PTSD. Dawson is battling his own demons. Mostly a nightmare that wears heavily on him day in and day out.

When an assignment falls on his lap, he didn’t think too much of it. But when his own godfather sought him out for this specific case, he knew all bets are off. It was a story that carry so much on the person that he considers a father figure ย when his own died. It had a lot of history; years of violence and misplaced political beliefs. It will also answer one question that had plagued the former agent for many years now: the fate of an infant whose DNA was found forty years ago during a botched shoot out between FBI agents and known domestic terrorists. Years later, a connection will be established between Jeremy Wesson, a former soldier believed to be dead, and the terrorists’ leader, Carl Wingert.

Once again, Sandra Brown knows exactly what to do to wrangle all my devoted attention right down to the last page. ย It was one of those reads that had me wanting to flip the pages as fast as humanly possible. I don’t know how many times I need to reiterate how well versed this woman is for creating new and thrilling story lines, but she somehow keeps giving birth to stories that are impossible until you read them in her books. I just can’t get enough. It’s kind of disturbing too, to have all those insane plot bunnies hopping around in her head. But hey, Ms. Brown, you just keep churning those stories and I’ll keep buying them.

I always look forward to the romance in her books, but I think this is one of those instances when it really took a backseat to the mystery. Dawson, the journalist, have met his match with the widow of Jeremy Wesson. But I like that there was veritable dynamic between Dawson and Amelia’s children.

I was fascinated with her antagonists as well. I wanted to know how anyone can believe in something so badly that they’ve come to consider it to be true and righteous; when in reality, their principles were rooted to nothing more than greed. These are a group of people who were so devious and amoral, and who didn’t have any qualms about killing innocent people.

If there’s one thing you can expect from a Sandra Brown book is its unpredictability. Sandra knows plot twists, but I have to admit that this one has one of the best amongst all the books of hers that I’ve read so far.

In conclusion, I have yet to read a book by her that I didn’t like. That says a lot about this woman’s talent and her ability to get me to scour old books shops for some of her older novels.

  • Ohh, I am so digging the suspense these days, and Brown has always been a fave of mine when it comes to romantic suspense/mystery. I haven’t read this one (or any of her books lately) and I’m gonna be adding it to my TBR now! I love the sound of this one ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I still havenยดt read any of her books, but sheยดs on my wishlist. I just not sure about which book read first. Great review.

    • You really should check her out one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maybe Sandra Brown has to keep writing in order to get those plot bunnies out of her head. I would understand why she wouldn’t want them to stay there all the time, and it’s even better for us because now we get all these intriguing and attention grabbing books ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I don’t want to say that I have not read a Sandra Brown novel, but…Yeah. I have always wanted to, but TBR be damned and all that. Thank you for your review and reminder to graze through more of my TBR pile.

    • Oh you must. You must. Discover the wonderful mind of this woman. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

  • The twist was a whopper, right? Loved this one too, and my husband just recently read it and was totally hooked. Her stories are like crack. I need another one soon. Excellent review, Joy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s pretty awesome, Rachel. My husband don’t seem to get my fascination with this woman’s books. But then again, he hasn’t read a single one. Lol.

  • Ksenia

    So glad you liked it, Joy! Iโ€™m a huge fan of Sandra Brown. She definitely knows how to write a great thriller with unpredictable plot and steamy romance.

    • Oh yay! I’m always on the lookout for mutual fans. She’s awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I haven’t read a single one of her books. But, I love a novel with good suspense. I’ll be on the lookout for her stuff at the library. Great review ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Jazmen. I hope you’ll enjoy her books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow Joy, this sounds like uite the intense read. Glad you enjoyed it and the mysterious storyline. Great review!

    Naomi @ Naomiโ€™s Reading Palace

  • Christy

    I think I’m in need of some good plot twists! I’ll read this author one day, Joy! Promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Someday! Hopefully soon. I really think you’ll enjoy her books.

  • They don’t write romance the way they used to. Now this type of book is tagged women’s fiction because it has more than the usual boinking.

    P.S. Sorry I’ve been MIA, I had technical difficulties

    • It’s all good, luv. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know what that’s like. I’m glad you’re here!

  • You read so many different and interesting books. And I love you for that. <3 This one seems pretty amazing. One day I will want to read it. ONE DAY. But ugh. You make it sound aaawesome. <3 I'm so glad you liked it a lot Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love when you review suspense Joy, your reviews are always so passionate that I but anything you recommend. I love the premise, I find anything with PTSD fascinating, but so few books fully explore the condition. The big difference for me with adult fiction is that the romance isn’t blase and doesn’t take over the storyline. This sounds magnificent Joy, definitely checking it out this weekend <3 Brilliant review!

    • Thanks, Kelly. Take your mum’s word for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My co-blogger is her big fan too and keeps telling us we should try this author and I definitely will in the near future. Glad to hear her books keep being a winner!

    • Hahah! Yes. Glass is a big Sandra Brown fan as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m making it my goal this summer to read something by this author, simply because I know how much you love her. Wonderful review!

  • RO

    I used to read her work quite a bit, and have no idea why I stopped, but I love a good suspense story with a different plot twist, particularly when it comes to vets. I’ve been finding that when the suspense is off the charts, I’m totally cool if the romance take a back seat for a while. Great review! Hugs…

    • Oh that’s too bad. Hopefully, you’ll rekindle the love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Like Maja, I’ve never read a book by this author!! I know Rachel at The Readers Den loves her books so I must get to them now that I know you like her books too.
    I like that the mystery sounds so engaging and that the romance takes a backseat.
    Great review, Joy! Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Yes! I really think you’ll enjoy her books as well, Nick. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Can you believe I’ve never read anything of hers before? I think it must be illegal in some countries. She’s as successful as Nora, for heaven’s sake. I must do something to fix this soon.

    • I love her books, and i’m just discovering Nora Roberts. They both have the ability to suck you into their stories.

  • I read her back in the old days, meaning when I was 11. I have no idea why I liked this genre then and not now

    • They’re addictive, that’s why. ๐Ÿ™‚