Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Lethal by Sandra Brown

Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 20, 2011


When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it -- at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society.


I love Sandra Brown and have read many of her books over the years and own many of them as well. She is a fantastic thriller writer and Lethal did not disappoint in that department. She introduces so many different characters and shrouds them all in just enough mystery that even when I think I have it all figured out, I am always blown away at the end. My only disappointment in this book was the ending. I felt unsatisfied when I was finished.

Lee Coburn is an excellent hero and I love his character. I questioned his motives and actions from the beginning and, per Sandra Brown's style, I was never really sure if he was who he said he was but knew there was more than meets the eye to him. It was obvious that he was attracted to Honor from the moment he saw her and he held a soft spot in his heart for her daughter. He wasn't one to care about anybody else but himself so his actions with Honor and Emily spoke volumes.

I really liked Honor and thought she was very smart, courageous and strong. She had to think not only about herself but also about her daughter and I think that she kept a very level head. She had so many life altering revelation thrust upon her and she handled herself remarkably well. She had to choose between trusting someone she barely knew and people she had known her whole life. In the end, she used her instinct with each decision and made the right choices to protect herself, her daughter and her husband's memory. 

Overall, I really did enjoy Lethal. It was intriguing and thrilling and left me questioning every character until the very end. As usual with Sandra Brown's books, I had no idea who The Bookkeeper was until the end and even when they were revealed, I could not look back through the book and see any hints that would have given it away. I was truly surprised by the turn of events. The only reason why I gave this a 3 star was because I was, personally, disappointed with the way it ended. If I'm not completely satisfied at the end, I can't fully enjoy the experience of reading the book. 


“But I'm not a hearts and flowers guy. I'm not even an all-night guy. I don't hold hands. I don't cuddle. I don't do any of that stuff." “You don't have to give me flowers, Coburn. You don't even have to hold me. Let me hold you." ~Lee & Honor (Lethal by Sandra Brown)

~IPOD Picks~
"Under Pressure" by Queen
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler & Meatloaf

Synopsis: Goodreads
Cover Photo: Goodreads


  1. I love thrillers so this sounds interesting, I love guessing what is really going on. You do have me nervous about the end though!
    Oh, and nice song choices, a blast from the past! I love Queen :-)

  2. Ooh sounds like this would make a good movie! I am not usually big on reading thrillers but this plot sounds interesting. I have never read Sandra Brown - what would you say is your favorite book by her and would recommend for a first time reader?

  3. Sandra Brown is by far my favorite thriller author. I have yet to read a book of hers that hasn't left me completely shocked. I know there are people that like those type of endings but it wasn't for me :-) This book was perfect for the 80's on my IPOD!

  4. Yes, all of her books are like movies for me. I don't know that I have a favorite, I have enjoyed all of her books and I have read a lot of them. If you aren't a huge thriller reader, I would suggest Hidden Fires. It is one of her older books and is more of a romance with a little action in it. Her older novels are more romance and her newer novels are more thriller.

  5. Kay @ It's a Book LifeMay 26, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    I'm a big Sandra Brown fan too, there is just something about her writing that captivates me. I have yet to read this one but it is on my TBR pile. Thanks for the review!

  6. I totally agree. She blows me away every time. Her books are ones I can re-read over and over.


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