This is the 1st book in a trilogy. The suspenseful storyline gets your attention from the very beginning and the romance is sizzling! The main characters in each of the books were all roommates at the FBI academy. Rowan(The Prey), Miranda(The Hunt)and Olivia(The Kill). In The Prey, Rowan, who is now a former FBI agent and currently authoring books, helps to find a killer that is "copycatting" her novels with real-life victims.
I am an instant fan. If you enjoy Kay Hooper and Mariah Stewart, you will love Allison Brennan. This is a stay up late, edge of your seat, can't put it down book. Fast paced and well written with characters that are fleshed out and believable. This is the 1st of the series, and is well worth every penny spent to buy it.
Terrific beginning to a new series/trilogy. Reminded me of some earlier Tami Hoag books. It was a bit gruesome, but definitely believable. Rowan, the protagonist, carries survivor's guilt like a second skin and John, her hero, saves her though he has plenty of his own demons to battle.
The only thing that could have made this book a little bit better, was if it had a little humor in it to soften some of the blows. All-in-all...a great, fast-paced read. Heading on to book #2 now...."The Hunt" with secondary characters from this book taking the lead.
Fast paced mystery complete with a serial killer, FBI, and the heroine - a former FBI agent turned beast selling author. Now the killings detailed in her book are coming true and the killer leaves a copy of each of her books atthe murder scene to taunt her... In the tradition of Kay Hooper, Mariah Stewart, and Iris Johansen - each page seems to rush faster to a climax that the reader awaits breathlessly... I have ordered her other two books and cannot wait to read them!
I enjoyed this book a lot. I wouldn't call it overly suspenseful though, as it becomes apparent pretty early on who the villain is. Nevertheless, I just went to the library today to borrow the other 2 titles in this trilogy.
Rowan Smith, former FBI agent and crime writer is living in LA while one of her books is made into a movie. Suddenly fictional crimes that she has written about are occuring in real life. Rowan is desperate to find out who is committing these crimes and her studio hires a bodyguard to watch over her. John Flyn , her bodyguard's brother soon becomes involved both with Rowan and with catching a diabolical criminal. Brennan really paints a picture of people who go through hell and come out the other side. There was romance, but it definitely secondary to the insanity and criminality that has Rowan and John racing against the clock.
Rowan Smith is a murder mystery writer. Her third movie is in production and her fifth book is due out in two weeks. Her world is about to be drastically changed forever.
Someone is taking murders from her books, one from each, and making them reality. Except for with each killing, it becomes more personal. The killer starts sending tokens. Tokens that bring Rowan's bloody past glaringly into her present. A past she has desperatly tried to keep buried.
John Flynn is a former Delta officer who now runs his own security operation with his brother Michael, and his sister Tess. John was in the South American jungles chasing his own demon when Michael received the job of protecting Rowan Smith from the killer. John quickly takes over the job when he comes back to California because he is afraid Michael's objectivity is being compromised. Michael has a thing for damsels in distress.
John must fight a past that Rowan won't talk about and keep her safe. Protecting their hearts becomes difficult as they come closer together to try and catch her tormentor.
Neither of them know just how close Rowan's past is........
This is a very suspenseful book that I almost finished in one sitting. It was a fantastic book and I am glad that I have the next two readily available.
Rowan Smith had a not so perfect childhood, grew up to become an FBI agent and then quit it all to write crime novels where the good guy always wins. Still she can not escape her past. I found this book to be exciting, steamy and a nail bitter. If you like a little blood and guts with your romance I highly recommend this book.
This was the first Allison Brennan novel I've read. Some parts of the book I enjoyed, such as the crimes and trying to guess who is the killer, etc. What I wasn't crazy about was the "romance" (read: lovemaking). I found myself skimming past it several occassions as, #1, if I wanted to read a romance novel, I would have purchased one, #2, what's the purpose of it being in this novel, and #3, if I wanted to read a romance novel, I would have purchased one!!! If this is how all of her books are, I'm not sure about reading another one. The problem is, the rest of the book was pretty good. Oh well, we'll see.
Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent, with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. A murder is committed and the vitim has the same name,occupation and looks as a character in Rowan's novel.
I enjoyed this book so much I'm off to PBS search for her others!
Rowan Smith, ex-FBI, is now a bestselling crime novelist - but her books seem to be coming alive as someone is killing real people that match the lives of characters in her book!
First, she imagined it. Then a killer made it real.
Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. But fiction and reality collide when a dismembered body is found in Colorado: the real-life victim had the same name, occupation, and looks as a character in Rowans novel. By the time the FBI, the LAPD, and her own private bodyguard gather around her, another person is killedagain, the murder ripped from the pages of Rowans book.
In the company of a former Delta Force officer with secrets of his own, Rowan faces an excruciating dilemma: the only way to chase down the tormenting killer is by revisiting the darkness of her pastand by praying for some way out again.
After the prey is chosen, the hunt is on and the kill is certain.
About the Author
Allison Brennan worked as a consultant in the California State Legislature for thirteen years before leaving to devote herself fully to her family and writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and their five children.
Visit the authors website at www.allisonbrennan.com
First, she imagined it. Then a killer made it real.
Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. But fiction and reality collide when a dismembered body is found in Colorado: the real-life victim had the same name, occupation, and looks as a character in Rowan's novel. By the time the FBI, the LAPD, and her own private bodyguard gather around her, another person is killed - again, the murder ripped from the pages of Rowan's book.
In the company of a former Delta Force officer with secrets of his own, Rowan faces an excruciating dilemma: the only way to chase down the tormenting killer is by revisiting the darkness of her past - and by praying for some way out again.