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Supense doesn't get any better than this - holy s@#*!
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2014
Oh...my...God. I have been away from this author waaay too long to have come back to her for the first time in ten years and read something as phenomenal as this. Seriously, it has been that long for me. I used to read Sandra Brown all the time, but when I was still reading her she was still writing predominantly romances. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has since evolved in my choice of topics because if Chill Factor is any indication, she has evolved a sharp edge to her romance and I'm all for it. This was exceptional.
As always I want to put it out there - I always try to give spoiler-free reviews so if I sound a big vague and you don't find this review helpful because you prefer a more synopsis type of review, then sorry to disappoint. I believe that the story info gives more than enough to help a potential reader decide whether or not to buy this to read. I just have a beef with reading reviews prior to reading the book itself now because I have had my choice to read taken from me more than a few times now by people that can't seem to tell the difference between giving a good review and telling the whole damn story. I promise I won't do that to you here. But I will tell you why this book kicked-ass.
First of all, the book starts out with a vengeance. From the very first page you are already suspicious of the characters. Cleary is one of those little hick mountain towns where everyone knows everyone and everything - or do they? You have Dutch, the most dislikeable, self-centered police chief there ever was trying to solve his own personal vendetta instead of trying to solve the case involving the five missing women, there's his womanizing and egotistical best friend, Wes, and his self-destructive son, Scott, the nosy pharmacist, William, and his insecure sister, Marilee, and then we come to Lily and Ben (or Tierney, since that's what Lily called him) - the stars of the show.
I love how Brown didn't force the chemistry between them. It was just there. You know, it's a bit cliche - a man and a woman is stranded together all alone in a survival situation and the author does everything in their power to get two total strangers to copulate in their stressful circumstances. But in this story, Brown didn't have to create a fantasy - Ben and Lily were not mere strangers, yet they were comfortable ones. They only met each other one time before and hadn't gotten over each other since. So even with the mounting tension between them as suspicions became aroused, they never lost their underlying attraction to one another.
I really liked the merry-go-round in this. After a while, some of everyone looked guilty in this - I loved that! I didn't find this predicable in the least - although I did suspect correctly of a certain person's affair...
In any case, this was damn good. I will definitely be making this author a regular in my choice of reading.