Fifteen years ago, Claire O'Brien's mother and her lover were murdered. Her father was convicted of the crime. Now he has escaped from San Quentin and has contacted her. He tells her he is innocent and needs her to use her private investigator skills to prove it. FBI Agent Mitch Bianchi believes Tom O'Brien is innocent. Tom saved his life when other escapees tried to kill him. Mitch started digging into the past and sees big holes in the case. During his investigation, Mitch meets Claire and doesn't let her know he is a cop. As they grow closer, Mitch falls in love with her, but knows she will never believe his feelings are real after all of the lies he told her.
This is the third book in Brennan's Prison Break series. As with the last two books, the hero and heroine already know each other when the story starts. We flashback to many scenes from the past, including their first meeting. Since the actual book takes place over a matter of days, this allows the quick pace of the relationship to be believable.
I enjoyed this story. I tried to guess the identity of the villain based on the scenes from his point-of-view. But, I was way off base on this one. My rating: 4 Stars.
After reading the other two books which are related but not necessarily a series I could not wait to get to this one. To me this was the slowest of the three and the least thrilling. It was a good mystery but it required a lot of set up and therefore it felt like the first 200 pages were slow and drawn out, it certainly picked up and was a good thriller by the end, but you really had to hang in with it in order to get to the good stuff.
Playing Dead has it all: crooked cops, the FBI, a frame job, murder, conspiracy. When you pick up this book, be prepared to sit tight for a great and fast paced story.
Claire O'Brien believes that her father killed her mother and her lover 15 years ago. Now Tom O'Brien has escaped prison 6 months before his date with the needle. All Tom wants to do is prove to his daughter that he is truly innocent. What neither he nor Claire realizes is that there are powerful men willing to stop at nothing to protect everything that they have. They also don't realize that the true killer could be much closer than they think.
B+/3.5 Romance: Hot