Sunday, August 4, 2019

Outfox by Sandra Brown - ARC Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown combines heart-stopping suspense and forbidden passion in this psychological thriller about an FBI agent's hunt for a ruthless conman turned serial killer.

Sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats, this new novel will feature Brown's signature combination of steamy romance and jaw-dropping plot twists.

FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence . . . except for one signature custom.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he's sought--and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex's one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim.

This book is Sandra Brown at her twisty, turny, OMG that did NOT just happen best.

With a Sandra Brown title, you know there is going to be at least one time that you are sitting there, holding the book, and rereading the line (often at the end of the chapter) but this one, well, you are going to do this more than once.

I love the ambiguity of it. Drex is drawn to Talia, but she is married. To Jasper, whom Drex is convinced is the serial killer he has been chasing for years. But, is Talia an accomplice or an unwitting dupe of Jasper (or whatever his name is?) That's the question he struggles with, the question that the readers don't know for a large part of the book, and it makes the attraction he has to her the ultimate in forbidden. Talia is married...but, possibly to a serial killer, so is it morally wrong? Is there any allegiance owed to the fact that she is married? Or how about to the idea that she might be involved in murders?

Add this in to the twists and turns, and this is a story full of shocking moments, surprises presented by numerous characters...heck, you are still getting surprises in the epilogue...and the ultimate in forbidden romantic attraction.

I loved it. I thought it was not only one heck of a ride, but it was a lot of fun to read and I was sad that it ended...although, there was one more "gotcha" moment at the end that allowed everything to tie itself up fairly well.

I often joke that characters in a Sandra Brown novel get their Happily Ever Afters, but, they also will need therapy to get through the things they learned in the course of the book. This one is no different...and, I love it even more for it.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.


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