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Review: Unspeakable by Sandra Brown

Title: Unspeakable
Author: Sandra Brown
My rating: 2 of 5 Stars


Carl Herbold is a cold-blooded psychopath who has just escaped the penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence. Bent on revenge, he’s going back to where he began–Blewer County, Texas…
Born deaf, lately widowed, Anna Corbett fights to keep the ranch that is her son’s birthright, unaware that she is at the center of Herbold’s horrific scheme–and that her world of self-imposed isolation is about to explode…
Drifter Jack Sawyer arrives at Anna’s ranch asking for work, hoping to protect the innocent woman and her son from Herbold’s rage. But Sawyer can’t outrun the secrets that stalk him–or the day of reckoning awaiting them all…


I read Unspeakable last year, but totally forgot to post this review on my blog. So here it is.

Not my favorite Sandra Brown, that’s for sure. One of the reasons this book didn’t work for me was that it took me forever to listen to it (I listened to the audiobook). I didn’t have many opportunities to listen, so I listened to small portions with long breaks between them. I think it took some pleasure from my reading experience. I prefer to read my romantic suspense quickly.

The next and more important reason is a low suspense level. Romantic suspense is my guilty pleasure and I want to be entertained. I want steamy romance and fast paced, full of twists and turns plot. Unfortunately, this book was lacking both. I prefer Sandra Brown’s recent books because there is a lot of suspense in them. In Unspeakable we know practically from the beginning who the bad guy was. Another Sandra Brown’s book comes to my mind – Smash Cut; I had the same problem with it. I haven’t read The Crush but from what I gathered from the blurb and reviews I’ll probably have the same complaints. I like when the author keeps me in darkness and makes me suspect everyone.

There was a second storyline about the murder of a girl which took place 20 years ago. But it didn’t keep me interested either. The big revelation in the end was out of the blue and at this point I was so bored I didn’t care.

Also there were several graphic and violent scenes, which in my opinion were unnecessary.

As for the romance there was little of it. While there were several steamy scenes, which Sandra Brown had written with her usual skill, I wanted more of Jack and Anna.

Though I didn’t like Unspeakable I’m still a fan of Sandra Brown. Not every book by your favorite author will work for you. This is just a proof of that.

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