A book I´ve had for ages on my TBR. Now, I finally found the time to read and enjoy it. I started listening to the audio but quickly changed to the print edition. Not that the audio would have been bad, oh no, but I rather have a physical book in my hands while sitting on my balcony or in the garden than some earbuds in my ears.

Seeing Red
by Sandra Brown
Publisher Grand Central Publishing on August 15, 2017
Genre Thriller
Pages 421
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews, but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get a exclusive with The Major – even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or The Major. Yet, Kerra´s hints that there´s more to the story rouse Trapper´s interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry – with unknown assailants targeting not only The Major but also Kerra – Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he´s going to track down the gunmen … and finally discover who is responsible for the Dallas bombing. Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy – and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
Kerra wants to bring light into a traumatic story that has happened so many years ago. But the man who saved her life back then is refusing to give her the much-desired interview. For Kerra a new situation. And no reason to give up. Instead, she gets into action and finds not only a man who makes her heart race but also a secret she didn´t even know exists.

I liked the fast-paced plot very much. It is always great when a story is having a fast reading pace. As always, the author is writing in a blunt almost obscene way and brings the reader close to everything. Figures, action, and settings. Good, there are some chapters I had my troubles with, and where I thought that this is some sort of stretching material but other than that I had my fun reading this thriller. The plot is well thought through, the figures are created out of real-life and the rising tension between the two main figures brings some spice into the story. Good, I was a bit confused at first and asking myself why Kerra and The Major would be in danger and that question was not really answered in the end. But all in all, it is a wonderfully written thriller with some great scenes and dialogues.

Kerra is not what I call a real badass. She knows how to get what she wants, and she also knows how to treat others to make them work with her. But she also has a conscious and that is telling her when to end things. Sometimes I was not sure if I should admire her or simply tell her to stop. Sandra Brown has created some wonderful figures with Kerra and Trapper.

Trapper is no man who likes it very much being compared with his famous father. The reason behind this is nothing I would have expected in the first place after getting to know him and his father a bit better. In the end, the author shows that there were some very good reasons for Trapper to act the way he did during the entire thriller.

This story was nothing I´ve had expected, to be honest. It is no hit from start to end but still a reading pleasure. Although that only unfolds during the last third of the book. The action that starts towards the end is breathtaking good. For a Sandra Brown fan a book that needs to be read.

Happy reading

Sandra Brown
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Sandra Brown is the author of seventy New York Times bestsellers. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy-five novels. Bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to over 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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