A beautiful and very haunting thriller. Sandra Brown shows with this book again that the human soul is as fragile as nothing else and that truth is above anything the most important value in a family or in life. And what can happen if a family ignores some certain signs that something is quite wrong?! I was so haunted by this thriller, that I was barely able to put it aside. There may be not that much action in the story, but the psychological effect is immense and very thrilling.

Low Pressure
by Sandra Brown
Publisher Grand Central Publishing on January 29, 2013
Genre Thriller
Pages 480
Format Trade Paperback

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.
Bellamy tries for 18 years, since the brutal murder of her elder sister Susan had happened, to find the last piece in the unsolved puzzle. Yes, the murderer was found, convicted and put behind bars, but she is not really convinced, that they got the real one. Her attempt to bring light into her darkness, by writing a novel, is only one step of the way that lays ahead of her. She knows by instinct, that she´s something missing - something very important. But she didn´t expect all the things to happen after her book hit the stores and became a bestseller. Not only, that her real name was revealed within no time and her life´s no longer private, she also receives shocking presents and can´t get rid of the feeling, that she´s been followed and even worse: being watched. All she knows: she has to find that last piece of her memory to find her peace and to be able to go on with her life without the dark shadow of her dead sister above her. A sister, who was a heartless beauty and an ice-cold bitch, who loved nobody but herself. Yes, her sister loved to manipulate and to terrorize the people around her - foremost her family. Something Bellamy never saw during her childhood or didn´t want to see.

Sandra Brown knows how to fascinate the reader´s eye. Low Pressure is an intriguing thriller, bloody, full of passion, hate, rage and very plain-spoken. But never vulgar, never dull. The author masters the fine tightrope walk perfectly without losing her high language level. She has a very sensitive and unique way to tell a high-class plot. The perfect mixture of language, big feelings, a breathtaking landscape, and great scenes gives the thriller a fantastic atmosphere. She unravels bit by bit not only what happened that one terrible day - where all began - but also the deep and passionate love between Bellamy and Dent. Dent was the last boyfriend of Susan and the declared enemy of her family ever since. He was the number one suspect back then and finds himself right back in the fireline of the one, who wants Bellamy dead - at all costs.

Bellamy´s struggle with the truth, how she deals with all the new information and with a shocking truth about her family is shown by Sandra Brown in a great way. As always the author knows exactly how to use the right words, change a scene or put some new facts into a dialogue to keep the reader at pace. And with her way of writing sharp on the edge of obscenity Sandra Brown brings the extra kick to this thriller. The tension growths from sentence to sentence and with every page, you turn, you want to know more about that secret and what had really happened on that Memorial Day so many years back.

Low Pressure has really everything a 5-star thriller needs. No matter when you read it, day or night, one thing is for sure: Good entertainment is guaranteed.

Happy reading

The German edition was published by Blanvalet in 2014 called Kalter Kuss

Sandra Brown
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Sandra Brown is the author of 63 New York Times bestsellers. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV´s Murder by the Book premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery´s new series, Hardcover Mysteries. In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression. Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship annually awarded to a student pursuing a fiction-writing career. In 2008, she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer´s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America´s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she and four colleagues went on a week-long USO tour to Afghanistan, meeting with service members on numerous bases. Sandra is the past president of the Mystery Writers of America in 2012. She lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband, Michael Brown.


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