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Kat's Review of Deadline by Sandra Brown

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My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio, Nook and Kobo

Synopsis: A journalist is hot on the trail of a pair of domestic terrorists who for decades have eluded capture.

Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws. . .and the secret, startling truth about himself.

 

My Review: I have to be honest and admit that I have been sitting on this copy of Deadline for some time. It’s one of those books you keep telling yourself you will get to (the story of my life) and when you do you wonder why you waited so long. When I started reading this though I did struggle for a few chapters, and I found myself wondering if I should put it down and start something else. I’m glad I persevered because the story improved immensely and the second half of the book flew by because I was so much more engaged.

I didn’t take long to get to like Dawson Scott, the journalist who has come back from reporting in Afghanistan. However, the story just felt disjointed initially. We heard small sections of story which Dawson moving to cover a story regarding the death of former Marine Jeremy Wesson. It also turns out that Wesson’s biological parents were terrorists of some sort. Dawson’s Godparents are Gary and Eva Headley and Gary works for the FBI and has links to the case involving Wesson’s biological parents. That description of snippets of the story took me at least until the halfway mark to really figure out. Once I knew who everybody was, the story flowed so much better.

Amelia is Wesson’s Ex-Wife and she is currently raising her two sons and Dawson decides to start pulling at this thread as part of his story. The plot had so many threads that it took me some time to unravel them, and then understand where everybody fit it. Once I had done that the story gripped me and I couldn’t read fast enough. I really got to like the main characters Dawson and Amelia, and that’s always a bonus!

Overall by the time I got top the last quarter the pace had picked up considerably and you end up being on a rollercoaster ride right up to the very end. There was plenty of plot twist, with few that I saw coming. I just wish the beginning would have been as fast paced as the end, but it was still a fantastic read.

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