Sunday, June 23, 2013

Low Pressure

Title: Low Pressure
Author: Sandra Brown
Date Published: 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 467

 Bellamy Lyston Price was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene as well as her memory of one vital fact that still eludes her...

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a novel based on Susan's murder. It's her first book, and it's an instant sensation. But because the novel is based on the most traumatic event of her life, she's published it under a pseudonym to protect herself and her family.

But when a sleazy reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on a real crime, Bellamy's identity - and dark family secrets -- are exposed. Suddenly, she finds herself embroiled in a personal conflict and at the mercy of her sister's killer, who for almost two decades has gotten away with murder...and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
Just finished this one a couple of minutes ago and wow. This is one of my favorites by Sandra Brown now.

Writing was phenomenal (as usual), Brown can really write some amazing characters! The depth that she goes to in order to really delve into making them feel like real people is pretty amazing. I think that Brown creates awesomely flawed characters. Who doesn't like a flawed character?!? This is a little weird, but I would much rather read about someone who is messed up than the perfect person. I guess it just makes them more ... normal ... to be flawed.

Anyway, in order to avoid a complete derailment ... Low Pressure. I was a little unsure of this one for some reason. I thought that the premise was good but I didn't really know how this story would play out at the beginning. I was afraid it would turn into more of a family drama than her usual books and that isn't really what I am looking for when I read a Sandra Brown book. I want something with a little romance, a lot of mystery and tons of suspense. Well Brown totally hit the nail on the head. The family aspect didn't play as much of a part as I was afraid that it would. But even if it had, it would have been okay because this was one majorly messed up family. I can never complain about the weirdos in my clan again. Well, I probably will ... but not as much. 
I had pretty much picked out the bad guy in this one from the get-go. That's not always a bad thing though ... because even though I had my suspicions, I wasn't totally for sure and I had NO IDEA as to the motivation of the antagonist and then it turns out there was a lot more to the story than I had banked on. At the time I was delighted that the story was so twisted and convoluted because that wasn't what I had expected but then I finished the book and I realized that this was why I read Sandra Brown books. She always lets you think that you know what is going on and then pulls some magic scene that twists stuff beyond recognition. 
Low Pressure had a lot less romance than most of the Sandra Brown books that I have read and it was a nice change of pace. The action and suspense really took the front seat this time. I'm kinda hoping that this is the direction that her writing is taking for the future. Not that I don't like romance in the novels, but I think that sometimes it can overshadow deeper aspects of a book that some authors don't explore enough. 
I would give this book 4.75 stars ... just a great read. Definitely something to read poolside this summer. But watch out ... you better keep your eye on the time because before you know it, you could be frying by the side of the pool, not realizing that you've been sitting out there reading all day because you just can't put this book down!

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