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The Prey (Predator Trilogy #1)

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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,...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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
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...more
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.
Ashley P
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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...more
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...more
I bought this book in a used bookstore a few years ago and just never got around to reading it. I picked it up today, and pretty much flew through it. It was a really quick read that was exciting and suspenseful.

Rowan is an ex-FBI agent that now has a career as a crime writer. When she finds the press camped out on her lawn, she discovers there is a killer on the loose that is re-creating the murders that she wrote about. At first she doesn't want to accept that the killer has a connection to h...more
More like a 3.5 but I'm definitely not comfortable rounding this up to a 4. This book had a LOT of promise and since I have bought every other book this author has written and is waiting on Mt TBR, I hope that her writing improves.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. But the writing style, for me, was awkward. Clangers kept pulling me out of the story... like for instance (mild spoiler)
on page 161...Rowan was nothing like Jessica. Yes, she needed him, and he would be there for her. But the feelings he...more
Apr 23, 2013 mirta rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ouch... hard one.
Recommended to mirta by: I read about the author on some forums and someone with a very weird and twisted sense of humor compared her to K Reichs
what a waste of time.
rating it a 2 only because I *think* I've read worse!
and when I only remember I found about this author because someone said she was as good as Kathy Reichs?!
no bull.
this can't be more DIFFERENT than Reichs so STEER CLEAR if you like her!
I have to say I can cope with romance and HINTS of sex in crime novels but describing the act itself, and for god's sake, writing in detail about sexual organs and what the protagonists did with them?
you kinda lose respect for these pr...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
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Rowan Smith is a retired FBI agent turned author whose life is turned upside down when a killer starts copying her books. Michael Flynn is hired to keep Rowan safe and they become attracted to each other. People continue dying and the killer is getting closer to Rowan as secrets of hers and Michaels past start to come out. I really enjoyed this book; the heroine was a good strong lead with emotional scars that made her strong and resilient. The hero was flawed...more
Anuj Davé
With a second half considerably better than the first, The Prey marks a promising debut for new romantic suspense author Allison Brennan.

Former FBI agent Rowan Smith is now a bestselling author of crime novels whose books are currently being made into movies. When a woman with the same name as one or her characters is murdered in exactly the same way as the woman in her book, it doesn’t take long for police – and Rowan – to make the connection. When matters escalate and another copycat murder oc...more
Nadine Maritz
The Prey – Allison Brennan Review:

Rowan Smith a former FBI agent, turned writer is working on recreating her best-selling novel into a Hollywood movie. Life seems to have become simple, straight forward as if she had finally outrun her demons when a series of murders start rising based straight from her books.
Rowan has landed herself at an intersection in life. Can she cope with having to revisit her haunting past, should she run for as long as she can or should she face the music strai...more
Rowan Smith is a former FBI agent turned crime novelist. She's survived a traumatic childhood to find success, writing for a living and making movies from the world in her books. She's detached and distant, but she prefers her life that way. Uncomplicated. Private and protected.

All good things must come to an end.

When a series of murders that copy the crimes in her fiction novels begin, Rowan finds herself with a bodyguard. More than one, to tell the truth. She doesn't appreciate being protect...more
The Prey - Predator Trilogy #1 - Rowan and John - 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,...more
This book started out slow. I didn't like Rowan at all, she was very much the ice queen, cold and unfeeling. The funny thing was that she even thought of herself like that. It was clear that she was hiding some very important things in her past, and it was for this reason alone that I kept reading.

Once that secret was revealed it really made you reevaluate what you thought of Rowan, realizing there is a good reason why she is the way she is. And once you really comprehend just what that secret i...more
Hum... I listened to the audiobook version so some of my comments may be due to the narrator.

I liked the main plot.

Hated the romance. Which to me was so completly unbelievable it made me angry. I have no words to describe the few sex scenes that were even worse that the 'romance'.

Not a fan of Rowan's or John's either. They sounded fake and flat to me. I need to 'feel' a character to believe not just be told over and over and over again in a descriptive way how he feels or why. I don't know if I...more
I didn't really buy the whole Rowan/John thing (particularly after the treatment of Michael)it just was not realistic in the least bit. Also, I figured out the killer pretty early on, but the killer's story was really interesting and involved and wasn't cookie-cutter.
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