Dead Against Her: Bree Taggert, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Sheriff Bree Taggert’s downfall is part of a killer’s cunning design in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of murder, lies, and revenge.
Called to an isolated farm to check on an elderly widow, Sheriff Bree Taggert finds a brutal double homicide. One of the victims is Eugene Oscar, the bitter and corrupt former deputy she recently forced out of the department.
Working with criminal investigator Matt Flynn, Bree discovers that she isn’t the only one who had a troubling history with Eugene. But someone doesn’t want Bree digging up the past. She becomes the target of a stranger’s sick and devious campaign calculated to destroy her reputation, career, family, and new relationship with Matt. To make matters worse, she’s the prime suspect in Eugene’s murder.
When her chief deputy goes missing while investigating the case, Bree refuses to back down. She won’t let him become the next victim. His life and her future depend on finding a killer nursing a vengeful rage.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 17, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,466 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#268 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#302 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,086 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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* I've added a trigger warning a paragraphs down, but be warned as this is also a slight spoiler to some of the plot *
As for each of the books in this series, the characters are fabulous. Bree is a perfect female lead, being strong while having her own vulnerabilities and insecurities to keep her realistic and relatable. She's still doing the best she can juggling parenting and policing and I love how this author gives her personal grit with just the right amount of compassion. While there wasn't a lot of steam between her and Matt in this book, their relationship was solidified further and he was a constant presence throughout the book. Thank goodness, because his character is so delicious he makes me want to lick my Kindle. His dogs continue to also be a delight and I love what they bring to this series. Deputy Todd gets a few chapters from his own perspective and I enjoyed this because he's another solid character. Morgan Dane pops in for a bit of the book so fans of this author's other series should be pleased with the crossover. No Lance though - sad face :( There's also a potential love match in the book and since I read these for the small romance angle as well as the gruesome murders, this was very welcome.
Trigger warning (you'll get the gist in the next few sentences): my only slight negative about the book was the cyber sex attack and sexually violent and graphic threats towards Bree. Without going into too much detail, Bree once again finds herself the target of a malicious and vindictive personal attack. This included graphic emails, hate messages and deepfake porn. I found this uncomfortable to read at times, not just because of the content, but because it felt like the author had ramped things up to fever pitch in order to emphasise how some individuals, particularly the old guard from the police station, all resented a new female sheriff. This theme of hate has run through the other books but when it escalated to this I started to find it a little tiresome, hence the frustration. I get it. She's female and a lot of people, particularly males, hate her because of their fragile male egos and desire to continue their corrupt practices. I felt like this story line, which now has repercussions on Bree's career not to mention the addition of more personal trauma, seemed like it was added in there because all of the 'we don't like her' story lines had already been trotted out so the situation needed to escalate further to show how bad it is. I'm hoping because a couple of the story lines got closure here that this is the end of this somewhat repetitive plot device. While it played a part in the case and certainly added to the drama of the reading experience (I get that this is part of Bree's ongoing story), I felt it was a little tedious as this incident was taking place alongside the usual bureaucratic frustrations that make me want to stick needles in my eye and quit on Bree's behalf. This is only according to my own personal preference, I'll add, but fans of the series will be well aware that our leading lady has a rough go of it on a normal day. I was satisfied with how things wrapped up so the book was still a five star read for me but I thought the trigger was worth mentioning. The additional rant you get for free :)
Overall, this was another great read for me and a solid 5 stars. The story had a good twist even though other elements of the crime will probably be pieced together early by a lot of readers as it wasn't overly subtle in parts. I probably would have liked a little bit more detail in the actual 'why' of the crime since there was such a cold focus placed on the killings and the actual perpetrator wasn't really heard from once caught, but again, this is personal preference and it didn't stop the book from being a terrific read. There was one particular characters I would have liked to see get a big slap to the face, but there's always the next book, right? Speaking of which, now the waiting begins. That's the worst part about these books - I eat them up in one sitting and now have to wait forrrreeeevveerrr. Reader problems, but they're definitely worth the wait.
The subject matter is very timely. It is frightening what people can accomplish digitally and the reach we have with technology. It can be used to make amazing strides or to destroy a person's life.
I have become fond of the characters created by Melinda Leigh for the Bree Taggert series. My favorites will always be Brody, Greta, Ladybug and now the spunky newcomer who is absolutely precious. Ladybug reminds me so much of my little hero, Cricket, who helped me find my love and lose my fear of dogs while he helped me and my children heal emotionally. Dogs are such amazing creatures. I love how this author showcases their heartwarming spirit, boundless energy and undying loyalty.
Dead Against Her is a riveting read. There are unexpected twists that leave your heart in your throat. You feel the sense of urgency as to watch the team running out of time. This series is so great I am always looking forward to the next installment.
I love The Bree series! It starts with the murder of former deputy that Bree had to let go months earlier and it spirals. There was never a dull moment in this book...Bree is dealing with severe criticism from the public about this murder investigation and when things seem worse...Bree's face is on several pornographic images for all to see!
I love the strength Bree has and love how she and Matt work together on this case. It also gets into a very interesting list of suspects....and had a twist at the end I didn't see coming. Can't wait for the next book in January
Top reviews from other countries
The tales don't pull their punches and this one starts with an on-page murder scene and it's well done so that you don't clock who's doing the killings. I suspected the killer's gender, from some of the words that were uttered, but I didn't expect their identity and in fact, ML introduced another character organically and with a good enough connection to the dead that I suspected them, too. All the way pretty much until the end and then ended up a bit flabbergasted at the reveal - but it worked.
The storyline didn't let up and I think it's probably the one with the most side arcs happening, especially with the social media shaming that happens, and which I felt was dealt with pretty realistically. Realistically and sadly, with judgement by females who could have and should have been supportive of one of their own - one of their own in more than one sense - and not with what felt like an element of glee. I only hope that we get to see more of the judge'r and that she gets some comeuppance in a future tale over her handling of things, as well as the journalist who sold out for sensationlism, a bit like Fox News in the US. And, yes, it's a US-based tale, so the conspiracy theorists stuff tied in well, as did the masses of people who chose to ignore the blatant lies in front of their eyes, and played the blame-and-shame and the uptight-morality game. A touch of the author's politics and feminism? Normally I don't love the former in tales, especially not in tales by the posse of UK gay romance authors who're Labour supporters, but here, knowing what the US was like under The Wotsit/#45 and the hate that's become so blatant and the lies that are being perpetuated by the few that the many uneducated and brainwashed believe, kudos to ML.
The tale marks changes in several relationships here, all for the better and I can't wait for more in this series. Yes, we may only be 3 months into 2022 but this is one of the few 5* tales I've read.
ARC courtesy of Montlake Romance and NetGalley for my reading pleasure.
It’s great to see characters from the previous series making an appearance and this just adds to the story. I love the characters in this latest series and how the family are pulling together and becoming a strong unit.
I can’t wait for the next instalment as I know it will be fantastic