Sandra Brown’s “Low Pressure”

I love every murder mystery Sandra Brown has written, and Low Pressure is no exception.

Bellamy Lyston, a 30-year-old writer, publishes a mystery about the murder of a 16-year-old girl, whose killer was convicted and put away. But because it’s based on her family tragedy that happened eighteen years ago, she publishes it under a penname. When the media get a whiff of who is hiding behind the penname, the novel becomes a bestseller, and Bellamy becomes a celebrity and…a target for the people whom she portrayed negatively in her book. The ambiguous ending of the novel, hinting that the true murderer is still at large, contributes greatly to the overall interest in the story.

Sandra Brown used so many twists and turns in this intriguing tale that I couldn’t put the book down until the last page, trying to guess the identity of the culprit. The ending is exquisitely written, by the way. Just like in her other novels.

Usually I’m not a big fan of too much dialogue in a novel, but extensive dialogue in this thriller certainly makes it a page-turner twice over.

As a writer, I’ve gotten yet another “lesson” from Sandra Brown on how to make a thriller fast-paced and…well, thrilling. Every little detail in it is relevant; nothing is wasted; all i’s are dotted and all t’s are crossed.

This talented writer possesses a great gift depicting people. Like a caricature artist exaggerating a person’s most prominent features, Brown uses just a few words to describe her people, and you not only see them, but you get a vivid sense of their personalities. Actually, her characters make you want either to know them closely or to run the hell away from them, screaming. The emotions that she describes make your pulse quicken and your heart race. Not to mention the love scenes. 🙂

Low Pressure is a very entertaining book. If you like “solving” mysteries while reading them, you’ll like this one.

2 thoughts on “Sandra Brown’s “Low Pressure”

  1. I’ve read this quite recently also. I found it to be engaging enough to have read it in one day. While the story was pretty exciting and had a satisfying end, it was definitely not my favorite among Brown’s suspense novels. But all in all, I enjoyed it.

    • Thanks, Vin. I agree with your opinion. The story IS engaging and exciting, but at the same time it can be forgettable in time. My most favorite of Brown’s novels, which are absolutely NOT forgettable to me, are Slow Heat in Heaven, White Hot, Play Dirty, The Witness–to name a few.

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