Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: Deadline

Title: Deadline
Author: Sandra Brown
Date Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9781455501519
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 410

Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career--one in which he has a vested interest.

Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws. . .and the secret, startling truth about himself.

Rating & Review
Well. This has cemented it. I now have a book crush on Sandra Brown. This is THE best book from her yet. I absolutely loved it. I have read sooo many books that I can pick out most "surprises" or twists and turns but I was totally thrown for a loop!! There were so many twisties that my head was spinning. 

The depth that Dawson Scott was written with was just ... character development genius. I don't know that Brown has ever delved that deep into a character before. Now, this could be because I adored the character of Dawson Scott. But the reason I adored him was because he was almost real to me. 

I also really connected with the way that Amelia's boys were written. Most of the time, the quarrels and conversations really reminded me of our two boys. It brought a smile to my face to see such insignificant characters given as much author love as the main ones. 

Usually I have more stuff to pick apart but Brown has been at this for so long that she's got it down to a science. She probably writes in her sleep. Ugh. I wish I had something to pick apart so I could use one of my weird analogies that I've grown to love but alas, I've got nothing. 

Great book ... pick it up if you like romantic suspense!

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Losing My Reading Mojo

After I finished my last Sandra Brown book back in November, I had a bit of a book crisis. I read around 10 books after The Switch and I didn't finish one of them. Not one! I would pick something up that I was dying to read and then once into it, I would totally lose interest and just put it down. After that, another book would get started but with the same result. Occasionally, I would go back to one of the previous ones and try to pick it up again and just nothing was tying me to these books. I had absolutely no interest in them. I had lost my reading mojo. 

I actually ended up going about a month without reading anything recreational. It was the weirdest thing. I didn't miss reading, it just didn't exist for me. I've never had this happen before. A dry reading spell? If someone had told me that they suffered from this, I would have thought that they didn't really enjoy reading to begin with if they could put it down so easily. Shame on me. I've walked a mile in their shoes and now I understand! 

As of January 1st, I started reading again - it just felt like time. And I've blown through 3 books ... I haven't reviewed them yet ... I'm a bit behind on that but it will be cleared up shortly. I have tons of new books to review this year, including some kids books because our youngest is now reading full books all by himself! I like to read the books that he does so that we can chat about them afterward - like our own little book club! 

I hope this year brings thousands of amazing pages read for everyone. Now get your nose back in that book!

 ❤ Julie ❤