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One Scream Away (Sheridan #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,413 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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
ebook, 348 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Forever (first published 2009)
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Jun 26, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it was Kathleen's review of this book that brought it to my attention. I absolutely loved it. It had me on my toes all the time. Great main characters. The bad guy was a fucking psycho of the highest order. The romance or smexy times? Not a lot but I didn't care. I was gripped by the story from the word go and let it take me and my emotions with it to the end.

This was my first time reading this author. It sure won't be my last but I think I need something lighter for my next read.

Neil wa
Sep 12, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2009 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to jenjn79 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.


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
Jul 04, 2009 Mojca rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of chilling suspense
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
Sep 27, 2009 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing  ·  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.

Nov 11, 2011 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

It took me long to read this book because the villain was really creepy. I read a few chapters a had to stop because I was holding my breth and chewing my nails so suspenseful it was! :)

Since the very beginning we know who the villain is, but still nobody can catch him. He's incredibly intelligent and full of clever ideas to evade the law! If was fascinating in a creepy way!

The romantic aspect of the story was so and so, but I realy didn't care about that so good the mistery, suspense par
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
Jun 28, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 04, 2012 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.
Kelly Moran
Apr 14, 2009 Kelly Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
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
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
Jul 11, 2009 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mrs. Badass
I really wanted to love this book. But I didn't. I enjoy reading romantic suspense and thrillers and for some reason this book fell for me.

For one, I thought it was too long and drawn out. The romance wasn't really there. I didn't feel it. Sure there was some chemistry, but it felt more based on adrenaline and fear then love.

For the most part it was predictable to me, maybe because I read a lot in this genre. Half way through I figured out the whole Jenny thing. Still the ending was a wee bit
Aug 17, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2010 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: save-me-love
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
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
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)!
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.
Not sure why this book described as a page turner. A bit slow...irritating characters...some implausible situations. Perhaps I am unfairly comparing to Karen Rose for whom such as a title bears some familiarity.
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.
This book is so boring it put me to sleep!
Anne OK
Sep 15, 2009 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good new author with a new series that apeals to me. Will look forward to reading the next book in this series.
compellingly weird
Haley Mathiot
Dec 24, 2009 Haley Mathiot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sulla copertina c'è scritto che ha vinto il Rita Award e - cavoli - non stiamo mica dicendo 'pizza e fichi' del romance. Purtroppo, però, non mi sento in linea con la giuria del Rita perchè a me - francamente - è piaciuto SO NI. Così così è una definizione vaga, neutra, incolore e insapore, ma è esatta in questo caso. In genere leggo pochi romantic suspance e quando mi capita li scelgo molto accuratamente. Ho preso questo libro, e lo dico senza vergogna, solo perchè era l'ultimo giorno per usare ...more
One night, seven years ago Beth Denison’s life changed when she was savagely attacked. The man responsible went to jail for a different crime and Beth worked hard to create a new life for herself and her daughter. Now he’s out and sending mutilated dolls to Beth as a warning that he’s coming for her. Former FBI Agent Neil Sheridan was involved in a related case seven years ago and consults for the FBI and the Police when a string of murders turn up and all seem connected to Beth Denison in some ...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.

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