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The Prey (Predator Trilogy #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  4,058 ratings  ·  172 reviews
First, she imagined it. Then a killer made it real.
Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. But fiction and reality collide when a dismembered body is found in Colorado: the real-life victim had the same name, occupation,
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Ballantine Books
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Not a bad read by any means, Allison Brennan is a very competent writer, capturing emotions and continuity with east. The main character is quite weak at first - actually through most of the book the characters were all a bit weak emotionally, something I'm not totally use to, but I adapted. The story line was good - a serial killer on a mission of vengeance/justice according to him. Some twists and a red herring thrown in at first, then it became clear who the bad guy was. Yeah, the guy spent a ...more
Lo amé.
Aunque hubieron muchas cosas que no me terminaron se convencer...
Pero la trama era tan buena!!
While a very good mystery/thriller, I had a really hard time even liking Rowan through most of the story. She's cold, brash and off-putting. Nor could I understand why John was so drawn to her, as she sure didn't give him a reason to be! There were also too many situations that stretched the realm of believability a little too far, especially near the end. The premise of a serial killer recreating fictitious murders from suspense/thriller novels was eerily gripping, though, which did keep me rea ...more
Wow was my first impression of this book. It has the kind of dark elements I like in a romantic suspense novel. The villains are EVIL twisted killers. I loved that. The characters are believable and the tension in this story is so thick it would be hard to cut with a knife, unless a sharp one. It's Allison's debut novel and I had the chance to meet her when I was in the US at a conference. She's definately a gifted writer and her chosen genre suits her.

She's not affraid to make her characters s
No sé exactamente que decir de este libro.. La historia de suspense está muy bien llevada pero si bien es cierto que hay algunas cosas que yo eliminaría porque para mi no eran necesarias, en general está muy bien escrita.
Si soy sincera no esperaba mucho de la novela porque la parte de la sinopsis que decía que había dos hombres detrás de la protagonista no me convencía ya que por regla general no me gustan los triángulos amorosos pero en este caso no hay nada que temer porque se aprecia la quím
The Prey

A great beginning to a Trilogy I know holds much excitement! I enjoyed this book over much! Now on to The Hunt!
Ugh. This was almost a DNF for me so I feel generous giving it one star. If anyone's read my other reviews of Brennan's work, you'll see that she's all over the map for me, but I tend to like her latest Lucy Kincaid books the best. I don't have any interest in her paranormal work, but I have no interest in that genre at all, so it's not about Brennan. I've also said that I think Brennan does series characters (like Lucy Kincaid) much better than her stand-alone novels (even when they're linked b ...more
Ashley P
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The Prey
4 Stars

A solid and entertaining thriller, however, the plot is extremely predictable and as such the story lacks originality.

Rowan is a prickly character. There are aspects of her personality that one cannot help admiring such as her mental strength and fortitude. Nevertheless, she has a tendency to break down emotionally, and while this makes it easier to sympathize with her, it also undermines her characterization as a strong willed and resilient heroine.

The romance is one of the hig
Brennan was a new author for me when I started reading The Prey. I wasn't really sure what to think. I always get nervous trying someone new. But I was really pleasantly surprised!!

Brennan is a fabulous story weaver. I don't know if that is even something that you can be, but it is now! She wrote such an incredible story with so much depth ... it was just really good and I was totally impressed.

The way that she would delve into the past and not bore me to death was a pretty appealing side effe
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This was just okay for me. I liked Rowan okay, despite her being so guarded that you don’t really get to know her, but I liked Michael more than John, so John and Rowan’s relationship didn’t sit real well with me. I did like that there was a little bit of a deeper storyline here… it wasn’t all about the murders. I think a lot of it was about siblings and the relationships between them, as well. But overall, it just left me with that “meh” feeling. I don’t know that I’ll bother finishing the tril ...more
Former FBI agent turned writer is stalked by a crazy fan. Her bodyguard has to uncover the secrets of her past to find out who is trying to kill her... yada yada.. I did not like the main character in this book. Way to much crying and feeling sorry for herself, the fact that 2 men fall for her is beyond me. Its the worst Brennan book Ive read. But I have enjoyed her other books, so Ill cut her some slack. Usually Id read this kind of book in 2 days, but it took me almost 4 and that was just bc I ...more
Melanie Chabrol-
EXCELLENT JOB! Imagine you are an author and everything you wrote that was fictional and everything comes true. Is it a coincidence? or has someone targetting Rowan.... things get sooo bad that she has to go into the witness protection program, they even made me second guess myself, and from pg 30 it had me intrigued this is one for recommendations. I am looking for the Hunt and the Kill, to continue.
Will Rowan ever let anyone in her heart? Will she ever trust again if you want to find out you h
Liane Almeida
I really liked this book, just like the others from Allison, I think the plot was very well written.
The missing thing was THE REASON. Rowan spend all the book wondering why her brother did all those killings, she was trying to imagine a reason, even when she thought he was dead, and at the end she had plenty of time with Bobby and never asked why? Why he decided to be like that? And I think she should have forgiven her father too, after to knowledge what really happened that night. Thats why I g
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Hardly got started and I put it down. The lead female is the kind of character I'm sick of....a dark, painful past makes her a bitch who can't accept help from anyone. The author alludes to something that is too horrific to remember. Anyway, I got this for $0.25 at the library sale table so don't feel too bad about giving up on it. The other two in the series were there too so I'll check out the next one. Generally, Allison Brennan's books get pretty good ratings so there must be something there ...more
Lynn Aoude
Good book, great plot. The emotional warfare dimension was very well portrayed. That was one twisted villain who knew how to exploit Rowan's weaknesses for all they were worth. In my opinion, this is the best kind of villain you could have: a smart, controlled killer with a good dose of psychotic. At some points, the book became too focused on emotion, though that isn't a problem since most of it is about emotional warfare. I found Rowan to be a weak character. She spent the majority of the book ...more
Stella Dontcallmeleelee
Former FBI agent turned writer is stalked by a crazy fan who makes everything she wrote come true. You got me there, Mrs Brennan!

I liked this book. The author did a good job in characterization, emotions and pace.

The characters (Rowan and John) felt believable. They are developed in depth - we know what pushed them to become who they are now - this would normally bore me, but not this time.

Rowan and John are both weak emotionally, yes, they are both touched by death and still fight -for the ones
3 stars, but just barely. Too long, too much romance, sex-scenes (how many, 3?) boring, to long, and too plain.
A few nice twists, but most I could see coming - the one I did not see coming, at 55% was a nice change for once, and for that the 3d star is warranted.
But the ending was as expected. As I had been reading a few books/series by her out of order, I cannot be entirely sure, but I think, the earlier books , was published 2005, have not enough suspense and too much romance.
This would have b
I expected a mystery but this was more of a romantic thriller. Haunted ex-FBI agent turned writer is being stalked by someone who is reenacting murders from her books. The mystery was fairly obvious and the main character looked rather silly for not figuring it out sooner.
Horrible book and terrible writer. Every single character felt "guilty" for letting everybody else down and for everything that happened. If the Titanic had gone down in the book, one of the characters would have felt responsible for it.
A glorified Harliquin romance ugh. Every cliche is used in this book and is soooooo predictable !!! Would NOT recommend this author.
Wendy T
Apr 22, 2009 Wendy T rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy T by: Novel Ladies
I loved the suspense this book had. I plan on reading the next two books in predator trilogy.
After reading "Speak No Evil," I had to go back to the beginning and read this debut novel by Allison Brennan. I prepared myself because sometimes the first novel isn't the best but I was blown away. This book is incredible. The story is complex and well-written. The characters are multi-faceted and well-developed. The book is suspenseful and I had trouble putting it down to do other things.

I've already moved on to the next book and I love the way the characters from each book are included in t
Debbie Oxier
While this book was good suspense wise, I felt it could have been shorter. It seemed to drag in places making me wonder if the author had a certain number of pages she was shooting for. Rowan had gone through a terrible experience as a child when her father killed her mother and her oldest brother killed the rest of her family, except for her and her brother, Peter. She went on to become an FBI agent but didn't last long when a case she was called to was too similar in nature to what she'd gone ...more
Narrator: Gwen Hughes

DNF. 2 stars for an incredibly boring first half of the book. I read the first two paperbacks when they came out and thought the books didn't have a strong enough romance to qualify for the Romantic Suspense subgenre. I was hoping ten years later, and preferring less romance nowadays, I might like the trilogy.

I was so wrong.

I thought Killing Fear, the first book from the Prison Break trilogy was meh and didn't bother to finish that, but The
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"First, she imagined it. Then a killer made it real.

Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. But fiction and reality collide when a dismembered body is found in Colorado: the real-life victim had the same name, occupation, and looks as a character in Rowan's novel. By the time the FBI, the LAPD, and her own private bodyguard gather aroun
Jennie Leigh
This is the first Allison Brennan book I have ever read and it will not be the last. In fact, I've already gotten the second book in this series. I enjoyed the writer's no nonsense style and admit that I was surprised when she opted to kill off one of the primary characters. I hated to see it happen, but remember smiling to myself and thinking, "That's gutsy, girlfriend!" I did find it just a little bit unlikely that the killer was able to track down a victim that so closely matched Rowan's fict ...more
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 4.95 // Action: 4.5 / Emotion: 5.0 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 3.5 / Suspense: 5.0 // Laughter: 1 // Tears: 12 / Teary: 2

The Prey: 4.95:
Since the Romantic Suspense genre is a favorite, it was a joy to find another author who not only keeps the story filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense, but also includes the romance and sensuality that really enhances the story. This well-told story was so intriguing and engaging that it made for an un-put-down-able read.

Hero: 4.0:
John Flynn: Th
Not bad for a debut novel.

Former FBI agent Rowan Smith last case haunted her so much, she quit the FBI. Parts of the case hit too close to home. At the age of 10, she witnessed her brother Bobby’s evilness when he murdered most of the members of her family. The only ones alive besides herself are her brother and her father, but her father may as well be dead. She saw her mother’s bloodied, lifeless corpse and believe he killed her. Now he sits in a mental ward, no life in his eyes. Now she’s an
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Allison Brennan is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than two dozen thrillers and romantic suspense and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan books are getting better and better!" and they gave BEST LAID ...more
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Predator Trilogy (3 books)
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