The Crush by Sandra Brown

When Dr Rennie Newton is summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same degree of dedication and composure that she displays in the operating room. And it is this commitment to duty and precision that compels her to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of notorious killer, Ricky Lozada. But it might prove the most regrettable decision of her life …

When a rival colleague is brutally slain, Rennie is cast as prime suspect even though Lozada’s menacing shadow looms over the murder. Not only does Lozada seem to be insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, but the police also seem intent on invading her privacy – particularly Wick Threadgill, an embittered detective with vengeance on his mind and a point to prove. As the stakes continue to rise, Rennie and Wick decide to forge an uneasy alliance – but what they both have yet to realise is that when the killer strikes, they won’t see it coming …

I’d never heard of Sandra Brown until I started researching authors and novels for the Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge I’ve signed up for this year.  It was one of those books I read about and thought, yeah, I’d like to read that.  Randomly a few days later I found it cheap (about a £ or so) in a supermarket – now that has to be fate.  I’m very glad I did.

Virtually from page 1 I was hooked.  Brown really gets into the minds of the characters, at one point I even found myself sympathising with the psychopathic murderer!  And you’re kept guessing what’s going to happen until the very end.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough. 

I’m off to find more Sandra Brown books…

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