One Scream Away (Sheridan, #1)
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One Scream Away (Sheridan #1)

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Killer Chevy Bankes is a master of disguise, and just paroled, he's coming after the woman who sent him to jail, the beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison. A set of antique dolls brings Beth into his sight, and inspire Chevy's disturbing crimes as he draws closer to Beth and her young daughter. Chevy sends the dolls to Beth one-by-one and she soon realizes that these anti...more
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Published July 1st 2009 by Forever (first published 2009)
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Isis FG
Sep 28, 2009 Isis FG rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Isis FG by: random buy
Rating: 4.5 / 5

I'm always a little wary of trying new authors since I have no idea what I'm going to get, but this book was definitely a winner. Top-notch romantic suspense...which is my favorite romance sub-genre. So I was pleased all around.

Summary:

In One Scream Away, Beth Denison is an antiques expert living in Arlington, Virginia with her young daughter, trying to forget the horrible events of the past and the secrets that she kept. She'd kept quiet on a murder she'd witnessed, feeling guilt...more
Mojca
This was one heck of a book. It had everything I look for in a thriller.

Beth Denison's world falls apart (again). Chevy Bankes, the man who "let her get away" seven years ago is out of prison and is holding a grudge. Starting in Seattle, he's killing women, sending Beth dolls as testimony of his crimes. Moving closer to her with each kill.

Neil Sheridan, former FBI, is called on board when the Seattle murder rings enough bells to be similar to a case Neil'd been working on nine years prior. He'd...more
Kathleen
I LOVED this book! There was never a dull moment. The heroine went through a lot in this book and totally held it together. The hero was so caring and protective but he had his problems too. They worked them out fine by the end of the book for a totally HEA. The romance part of the book was well done but the heat was low. Those of you who know me know that I love my book's with lots of heat. Despite the fact of the very mild heat in this book, I loved it anyway's. The villain in this book was sm...more
Kathrynn
Oct 14, 2009 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karen Rose Fans
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Isis
Enjoyed this easy to read, modern, romantic suspense-thriller set in 2009. Most of the book takes place in Virginia, but other places are also mentioned throughout the U.S. as the serial killer moves in on his target (Beth Denison) to extract his revenge. The killer's name is given right away, so there is no guessing as to "who-done-it." The suspense came from the "messages" he left along with a trail of bodies, clues, and phone calls that led former FBI agent Neil Sheridan to Beth's doorstep.

W...more
Emily
The past few years has not been kind to Neil Sheridan, spending most of his time with the bottle instead of finding something to live for. When his old friend shows up and needs his help on a case he had worked on and believed to be solved, he finds he web of betrayal stretches farther than he can reach.

Beth Denison has moved on with her life, she has a beautiful daughter and has filled her home with love, as well as made sure she trains daily to protect herself from any threat that may come he...more
BooK-O-Holic
I thought this book was a pretty good read. Definitely a thriller. 3.5 stars. the story is a little drawn out and couple of times i just kind of skimmed through the pages to get the general idea until a big scene came up. The shagging scenes where grayed out though so, no action really, but I suppose it would have been a little difficult to pull it off, going from a gruesome crime scene to adults getting down and dirty. I've seen it done in other thriller books though and played out pretty well....more
Cheryl
Years ago, Elizabeth Denison came in contact with her worst nightmare. She became the victim and obsession of serial killer Chevy Bankes. She survived…if you can call always being on alert and scared a better alternative. Bankes was caught and sentenced to prison. He is now out and ready to pick up where he left off.

Former FBI special agent Neil Sheridan has been asked by his best friend, Rick, who is a cop to help him on a murder case. At first Neil has no interest. That all changes when Neil l...more
Judi
Loved this book when I read it in 2009. I recommended it to all my friends at that time and it immediately put Kate Brady on my auto-buy author list.

Although it's been a few years since I read this book, it's one that I still remember. Those are the kind of books that I rate as 5 stars.

I was just looking at her new release coming out later in Nov 2012 an decided to mark this one as read since it was before I joined Goodreads.
Carolyn
A true page turner!! I thought Kate Brady did a wonderful job at making the reader want more. There were twists and turns leading me down the slippery slope with the characters lives as the authorities are always a step behind Chevy Bankes. He has had plenty of time to plan his revenge but even he isn't prepared for the evil trick his Mother played on him.

Trusting is sometimes a difficult thing to do especially if you have experienced a horrible experience. There are those who you can trust if...more
Kelly Moran
Kate Brady has won or been a finalist in many writing contests, including the Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America, the Maggies, and the Suzannah. One Scream Away is her debut novel.
After a previous case goes horribly wrong, Neil Sheridan leaves the FBI behind and embarks on a quest to drown out his sorrows in alcohol and woman whose names he can’t even recall. Now working for a private security organization, the scars from his past emerge when an old colleague and friend knocks on h...more
Ana T.
I got this book after reading Rosario's review, Kate Brady is a fairly new author (her second book will be published this year) and I'm always looking for good romantic suspense authors so I decided to give it a go.

Neil Sheridan used to be a cop, seven years ago he worked on a serial case, he got a conviction but being overworked cost his family and he has left the force and been on a self destruction path ever since. Now his good friend Rick asks for his help because there's a new killer on th...more
Rachel
I really ended up enjoying this novel, more than I ever expected to. This is probably because I went into it with my preconceived notions about what to expect from a romance novel. The cover helped feed these misconceptions. Even though this book did win the RITA award for Best New Novel in 2010, I was surprised by how little there was in the way of sex scenes worked into the story. I get most of preconceived notions about romance from bodice rippers and books like Wifey by Judy Blume. Maybe I'm...more
Lindsey
HOLY CROW!!!!! I really loved this book! it had all of the things I look for in a Murder mystery type romance, It moved quickly really sucking you in from the first chapter however it gave you enough detailing to give you a great hold on the people and places. The characters were so real life I had to remind myself that it was fiction but didn't cross that line into grotesque. And it had enough romance that I had to sigh with womanly longing at the love reflected so clearly between the character...more
Juliette Swett
As I continue along my RTR project, I have made peace with the fact that I prefer my romances light and funny. One Scream Away did not fit the bill. It was not light nor funny. In fact, it was dark, a bit gruesome, and very suspenseful. Because of that, there's no doubt that if you are a fan of authors like Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner, or Iris Johansen, you will enjoy this fast-paced mystery. The main character, Beth Denison, is somehow connected to serial killer Chevy Bankes. As ex-...more
Cristina
This book is so boring it put me to sleep!
Sally Kilpatrick
Excellent debut. Neil is so, so wounded, and Beth is very compelling as a single mom doing anything and everything to protect her daughter. The villain of the piece, Chevy, is especially well drawn for a romantic suspense complete with some traits that earn him a little sympathy despite the horrible things he does. Lots of nice twists and turns with the plot, and I only really figured out a couple of them before we got to the end. Really looking forward to Brady's other books, and I'm moving the...more
Colleen
Definitely a solid 4.5 star book. Suspense part of the book was awesome! Totally creepy villian, strong heroine and a hottie hero. It needed some more nitty gritty in the romance department though, hence why it's not a full five star book in my opinion. She just needed to steam it up just a little bit more. Still an awesome read and it was very hard for me to put down (always a good sign)!
Glenn
2.5 stars. This debut mystery/thriller wasn't bad, but wasn't great. I felt parts of the storyline were contrived, forced, and just too convenient. It didn't have anything "extra" to offer above and beyond the typical mystery that would make me want to read a second novel by the author.
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Sheridan series by Kate Brady. A fast moving, easy to read romantic suspense. Uber creepy villain. I loved the hero and heroine. This is an author I'll be watching for more from.
Kris
3.5 STARS

"Killer Chevy Bankes is a master of disguise, and just paroled, he's coming after the woman who sent him to jail, the beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison. A set of antique dolls brings Beth into his sight, and inspire Chevy's disturbing crimes as he draws closer to Beth and her young daughter. Chevy sends the dolls to Beth one-by-one and she soon realizes that these antiques carry the same marks as his victims, signaling that the final piece in his collection will be for her.
Neil She...more
Jeanette Stingley
In her debut novel, Kate Brady takes us into the world of Beth Denison. Beth is living in a sleepy little town near Arlington, Virginia with her daughter when women come up missing in Seattle Washington, the city she fled 7 years ago. Neil Sheridan, an ex-FBI agent, is drawn into the case of the missing women because their murders end up being similar to a murder Neil hunted for the killer in. That case was the end of Neil's career and he is very reluctant 7 years later to get drawn into this on...more
Becky
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I loved this book! At the beginning it was a bit cheesy for me, but the overall effect left me crying, laughing out loud and punching my fist in the air with a whoop of joy! I loved that Juliana worked things out for herself and didn't rely on outsiders to help her. She was a great character that I couldn't help but like!

Michael is every woman's dream come true. He knew all the right things to say to Juliana and all the rig...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Chevy Bankes is a killer with a mission - and it begins and ends with Beth Denison. She is the "one victim" that got away from him 7 years before and he is out to correct that mistake now.

Since the night she was attacked, Beth's life has changed. She now has a young daughter to watch over. Her husband left her while she was pregnant and was killed in a plane crash not long after.

Neil Sheridan is the ex-FBI agent that was investigating some murders years before when his wife and son were killed....more
Jennifer Defoy
I can't recall ever reading any really suspenseful novels, and if I have they haven't made an impression on me like this one. This book was tense, suspenseful and kinda scary. I would say that this book is exactly how suspense is supposed to be written!

There were some things about the story that were explained a little too conveniently... but they weren't major parts of the plot, so that was ok. The things that mattered: characters, major plot points, and writing were done very well. This killer...more
Haley Mathiot
Seven years ago, Chevy Bankes did something horrific to Beth. She’s been living with her ghosts ever since then. Beth has learned to live on her own and has raised her daughter by herself. But she isn’t prepared to face Bankes when she finds out that he’s been released from prison, and that now he’s after her. Neil, an ex-FBI agent, has somehow gotten himself roped into the case. Now it’s causing him to have to dig up his own ghosts and face them, too. Can two people who lost love earlier in the...more
Manuela
Rispetto a un’autrice come Karen Rose, molto simile nello stile e nella costruzione dell’intreccio, la Brady secondo me ha una marcia in più, è meno confusa e prolissa.
Nonostante l’identità del serial killer sia nota sin quasi dall’inizio, la Brady riesce a costruire un intreccio ricco di suspence, con colpi di scena non scontati. Segreti, rivelazioni, eventi del passato, emergono piano piano nel corso della pagine, senza risultare inverosimili o fuori contesto.
Anche la storia d’amore tra Neil e...more
Nely
Beth Denison is being stalked and harassed by serial killer Chevy Bankes. Chevy was just recently paroled and is after Beth since she’s the one who sent him to jail seven years ago. He keeps calling her cell phone to threaten her and her young daughter Abby. She is terrified by his antics but at the same time she feels that she has the strength to take him on.

Former FBI agent, Neil Sheridan has been called in for his expertise by his friend and colleague, Rick. Neil once handled a murder case w...more
Sherry Isaac
I’m getting harder to impress. So when I find a writer that seriously makes me doubt my ability as a storyteller enough to toss my manuscript in the dumpster, you know the prose is tight, the suspense high, and the tingles, electrifying.

Such was the case this fall when I read One Scream Away, the debut novel by Kate Brady (Grand Central Publishing, July 2009). I was with friends I don’t see often, and I was down south specifically to see them, but after taking what was meant to be a sneak read a...more
Gaby
Synopsis:

Beth Denison is a young single mother with a growing business in antique dolls. Young, beautiful, and active, she is raising her daughter in a wealthy and safe neighborhood. That she has a small almost imperceptible scar on her face and strong training in self defense are two small clues that Beth is more than she seems. When she receives threatening phone calls from a dangerous man in her past, Beth's life is turned upside down.

Killer Chevy Bankes is just paroled and lives to execute h...more
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Kate Brady began writing fiction when her doctoral research became tedious. For years, she wrote in the closet, penning several novels that—thankfully—remain there. Now, she leads a double life. Some days, she’s a choral conductor and professor of music education. Other days, she plays with imaginary people on her computer.


Kate lives in Atlanta with her husband, two children, and an array of furry...more
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