Monday, September 25, 2006

Chill Factor by Sandra Brown

Title: Chill Factor

Author: Sandra Brown

Genre: Mystery

Summary: After a final argument with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Lilly Burton is trapped in her cabin with the FBI's prime suspect for the area's serial killer.

The Take-Away: Brown tries to build tension through point of view changes. It didn't work for me, for a couple of reasons. A few of the characters ran together and it was difficult to keep track of them as the novel progressed.

My biggest gripe, however, was that the killer was supposedly in the cabin with Lilly. Get real. She's the main character; she's attracted to Tierney, who only goes by his last name. It's a novel. I can't say that I've read any that put the killer and the MC in close proximity, when the resolution is obviously their rescue and solving the case. I didn't buy it.

The POV changes were supposed to make me wonder who the real killer was, except that when it was revealed, I still didn't buy it. No build up or hints. It felt like he was convenient, not a bad guy.

Recommendation: I'd skip it; I've read better romantic suspense lately from other authors.

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