Books by Brenda Novak

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Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers is the fast-paced story of one woman's attempt to uncover the truth about a long-buried family secret and the deep, abiding love she reclaims along the way. When Sloane McBride was just five years old, her mother disappeared without a trace. Her father, a powerful man wit ...

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The Secrets She Kept

The Secrets She Kept is the second book in Brenda Novak's Fairham Island series about a prominent family on… you've got it... Fairham Island. In the first book, The Secret Sister, Maisy Lazarow returns to Fairham Island to help her troubled brother Keith and ends up unearthing old family secrets a ...

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A Matter of Grave Concern

There seems to be a bit of a vogue in historicals at the moment for stories which involve anatomists and/or resurrectionists in some way, as this is the third I’ve read in recent months which features characters who are somehow connected to one of those “professions”. That’s not to say the b ...

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When Lightning Strikes

I like Susan Elizabeth Phillips which means I am very experienced when it comes to the use of the crazy premise. Girl meets football pro while wearing a beaver costume? Read it. Girl meets star quarterback by pretending to be hooker? Read that one too. But Phillips wisely has unique people find them ...

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In Seconds

What would you do if you had to hide? What steps would you be willing to take to stay safe? Could you abandon one life to have a shot at another? What if there were kids involved? These are questions Laurel Hodges has had to ask herself more than once. She has never been pleased with the answer. ...

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Inside

Remember Prison Break? I miss those weekly doses of Michael Wentworth and the gang setting out to right wrongs and take names. This series - which is all about what happens when you get stuck in a tough environment like prison - was inspired by that show and brought back many fond memories to this f ...

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White Heat

I find the mentality behind cults intriguing, so when I heard that White Heat, Brenda Novak's latest series opener, was set against the infiltration of a cult, I knew that I would want to read it. The story has a dark intensity that keeps readers turning pages, and I'll definitely be picking up the ...

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The Perfect Couple

The Perfect Couple is romantic suspense – heavy on the suspense. The villains of the piece are a husband and wife who lure teens to their home where they torture and kill them. I am not a total wuss (as my boss describes herself) when it comes to violence in books, but this book seriously creepe ...

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Watch Me

Brenda Novak brings us the third book in her Last Stand series with Watch Me, which is set in Tennessee. It’s a very satisfying third part to what appears to be an ongoing series. I’ve read and enjoyed the first two books, and settled in to a nicely suspenseful read. Years ag ...

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Stop Me

Stop Me is the second book in Brenda Novak’s Last Stand trilogy concerning three members of a victim’s rights group. This book begins well, drags a bit in the middle, but soon picks up steam and zooms to an exciting end. The romance is not nearly as strong as the suspense. Sixteen years ago, ...