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Smash Cut (Mitchell & Associates #1)

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes this thrilling new novel full of jarring, cinematic twists and breathless suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat.

When millionaire Paul Wheeler is murdered, his family retains renowned lawyer Derek Mitchell to defend the victim’s nephew Creighton— although the police have not charged the young man wi...more
Paperback, 489 pages
Published August 2009 by Pocket Books (first published 2008)
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Oana
Another gripping tale, with a twist I could have never seen coming, brought by the same absolute master of the romantic-suspense genre, making me happy since 1995. God, I love this lady! Though I didn't completely bought the premise (the one night stand turning into a healthy lasting relationship - which seems to be a close to the heart subject for Ms. Brown), I still loved this couple. But, concerning this sexual premise, I shall be quoting the ladies from Sex and the City: "Urban myth. Never h...more
Cheryl
What a great book! I can always count on Sandra Brown to write a book that keeps me guessing and my heart pounding! I loved the hero of the book, Derek Mitchell. He was very sexy (in my mind anyway, I pictured him as being played by Matthew McConaughey!) and I loved the way he would take charge of the situation. And I loved how smart he was!

The villain of the story, Creighton Wheeler, was just creepy! He is one of the worst kind of bad-guys, the kind that knows how to turn on the charm in just t...more
willaful
The identity of the culprit is never much of a secret in this story, but Brown makes it fantastically suspenseful anyway. The romance element is pretty hot, but unfortunately (view spoiler). Slezak's reading is sexy as hell, as always, though I found myself confused between the voices of the two main characters at times.
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Victor Slezak
I first listened to Smash Cut immediately after discovering Sandra Brown’s Envy – my first of her romantic suspense audios. As I listened to one Sandra Brown/Victor Slezak combination after another searching for another Envy, I discovered there simply isn’t another one. It stands alone as Brown’s best and my favorite romantic suspense of all time. But that doesn’t mean Smash Cut isn’t an excellent listen as well. When I listened the first time around, I graded it a B+. A...more
Annabelle
What can I say? I was at an airport, facing 3 hours of flying and a couple of hours wait time in the Phoenix airport. Plus they have this new airport bookstore benefit, where you get 50% refund when you bring the book back. This is a horrible book. A wealthy man is murdered in an elevator with his supposed mistress Julie, and Derek, a defense attorney becomes involved with the elite family which includes the murdered man’s nephew. Creighton, a narcissist who just might be a psychopath. No cares...more
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
Boring. Main characters were not likable or unique or developed. The character with the most development was the bad guy, who I didn't care about and found boring. There was WAY too much of Creighton. The plot was stupid and drawn out into a book when it could have been a five-page short story.

I liked Derek, mostly because he loved his dog so much...and then SB had to go and ruin that, of course. As for Julie...she was strange and annoying. Irrational, too. She wasn't likable, and I wasn't sure...more
Wieta
I love this book!
Setelah lama tidak membaca genre thriller nya Sandra Brown, buku ini mengingatkan aku kembali mengapa aku menjadi fans beratnya untuk genre tsb. Buku pertama yg aku baca judulnya 'Mirror Image' dan sejak saat itu hampir seluruh buku S.Brown sudah aku baca.

For 'Smash Cut", I could not put down this book. The story was strong built and interesting from the beginning to the end.

Julie Rutledge bersama Paul Wheeler, seorang milliuner mengalami perampokan di lift hotel yang mengakiba...more
Tina
I feel like a sicko. Speeding through, interested only in the violence

I actually felt like a frustrated reader, speeding through, interested only in getting to the end.

Paul Wheeler, a wealthy man, is shot and killed in an elevator full of people. He is the only casualty of what at first appears to be a senseless act of violence during a run-of-the-mill robbery. The woman, Julie Rutledge, with whom he shared a standing Tuesday afternoon tryst at the hotel where the robbery/murder occurs, is conv...more
Shelvy
Ga pernah kecewa dgn novel2 Sandra Brown ^^
Melinda VanLone
I selected this book for #2 on my list because it had a movie theme which I thought was highly appropriate given my 50/50 challenge. Plus, I had the privilege of hearing Sandra Brown speak at DFWCon last year. I was so impressed by her that day that I rushed out of the auditorium, bought the book (yes, actual hard copy!) and stood in a really long line to have her autograph it. She is an amazing public speaker, and all around very nice person. If you get the chance, go meet her.

The story starts...more
Sue
Another super book by Sandra Brown in "Smash Cut."This book kept you glued to the chair, to see what was going to happen.Love the characters that Sandra Brown brings to this story. The character of Creighton Wheeler starts out creepy and just keeps getting more psychotic as the story progresses. On the surface, the character of Derek Mitchell was just another defense attorney looking for fame and forturne. But as the story progressed you started to see the personal side of Derek and realize that...more
Angeliki
I won this book from Goodreads' giveaways, so I was so excited about reading since the time I took it in my hand, since this is the first time I ever won a book. So finally almost 3 months later I got through the exams period and I picked it up!
Smash cut is a novel full of mystery, suspense and unexpectable plot. A handsome tough lawyer, a beautiful owner of a gallery, a breathtaking good-looking and rich movie freak and a murder are the keys of a book that you can't let of your hands.
The sto...more
Laurie
Being partial to Sandra Brown thrillers, I found that this book, in its conclusion, was rather disappointing, as compared to her other thrillers that I have read. But, to be fair, I must admit that I enjoyed the book up until the end. The ending was okay, just not up to the usual punch that she has provided in other books. Our protagonist is a defense attorney who falls for a woman who seduces him on an airplane. She, we are led to believe, has just recently lost her "lover" in a murder disguise...more
Amber Ditullio
This is a book that's been sitting on my shelf for awhile, one that I won through GoodReads. Like many of the other books on my shelves, I'd been meaning to get through it for some time. It took a badly sprained ankle to do so and I wondered why I'd waited.

Julie Rutledge stands by helplessly while her companion, Paul Wheeler, is murdered in what seems to be a hold-up in the elevator of a hotel. But she knows that robbery wasn't the motive. Murder was. And the person responsible, Paul's nephew Cr...more
Gail
My friend Linda gave me this book to read. I just started it but so far it is very interesting. I love reading Sandra Brown books.
I just loved this book with all it's twists and turns and how one minute you thought Julie had committed the murder and the next minute you thought Creighton had done it.I also loved the surprise ending. I would never have figured that out. Thanks again Linda for sending me such a great book to read. I also loved how Creighton referred to all the movies when he was do...more
Barbara
The title comes from a movie term explaining how a scene suddenly changes from one scene to another that is totally unconnected. That is what happens in this book. The villain is a "poor little rich boy" who has no real life other than those movie characters that he emulates in his own life. The problem is the that the characters that he takes on are really bad characters.

A lot of classic movies are mentioned and Sandra Brown does her usual job to keeping you turning the pages.
Kristen
I have just started reading Sandra Brown books (this book being my third book). I thought it was a good book with lots of suspence. I don't like to be so scared that I can not sleep which is why I liked this book. It was a little scary, it had a little romance, and a little mystery. Overall, a good book.
Cherry-Ann
Wonderful book. At one point found it was dragging on so long I skipped to the end but had to return to my bookmarked page to read the innards. Mid-way through is when this book became a page turner although I found myself getting so impatient with Julie who displayed incongruous behavior at so many points. The night Billy die, why go into the house instead of calling the Police. This was the SECOND time something like this happened. Derek was a totally lovable criminal defense attorney, so much...more
Diane
This was not one of my favorite Sandra Brown books. I'm glad I finished it and can read something else now.
Julie
This author is either not as good as she used to be or I am getting harder to please.
Lior
Oh my God!
This book is sick! And I mean it in the best possible way!
This isn't like anything I've ever read!
The villan was so freaking twisted and sick! It was absolutely captivating. I couldn't stop reading this book until I finished it.
And the ending! I did not see that one coming, but it was brilliant!
All the plots, the schemes, the secrets...
This is excatly was I was looking for when I bought that book, and Sandra Brown sure did deliver.
Now, this is the first book of hers that I read, but I...more
Veronica Hernandez
I enjoyed reading this book. A page turner!
Darcey
Another good one!
Amanda Morgan
Bestselling author Sandra Brown’s 23rd romantic murder mystery is as good as ever, if just a tad bit unbelievable. In “Smash Cut” all the main players are movie star gorgeous (the unbelievable part of the story). Of course, they have to be in order to attract each other and stay forefront in each others’ mind.
When millionaire Paul Wheeler is gunned down while standing next to his constant companion, Julie Rutledge, in the elevator of the hotel they frequent every Tuesday afternoon, the immediat...more
Diane
Light, easy read. Some ridiculous plot twists at the end, which frankly didn't enhance the book at all. It was like Brown just thought, "Almost done, better throw in a plot twist!" and I was left thinking, "Wait, what?" None of the 'revelations' actually changed the story in any meaningful way, so why bother? It was like a secret is revealed and then everyone said "Oh, well, that's all right. No biggie."

Not my favorite, but it's like eating an oatmeal raisin cookie. It's not that good for you,...more
OceMei Belikova♥
Paul Wheeler adalah seorang jutawan terkenal. Dia seorang penggila kerja yang mendedikasikan dirinya pada pekerjaannya. Sejak kematian istrinya, Paul sangat berduka. Tapi tak lama ia bertemu dengan Julie Rutledge dan tergila-gila padanya. Paul terbunuh ketika ia sedang bersama Julie dan beberapa orang lainnya di dalam lift. Tak ada yang mengira penembakan itu akan terjadi. Setelah ditelusuri, ternyata keponakan Paul, Creighton memiliki hubungan tidak baik dengan Paul. Berbeda dengan ayah dan pam...more
Perdani Budiarti
Okay, tidak banyak kata perlu kuungkapkan untuk buku ini. Sejak awal sudah diceritakan bagaimana pembunuhan terhadap Paul Wheeler terjadi. Bagaimana Sang tersangka yang tak lain adalah Sang keponakan, Creighton, mampu mempertahankan alibi sempurnanya dan membuat Julie, kekasih sang jutawan merasa terpojok dengan berbagai bukti yang mengarah padanya.

Bahkan Julie mulai merasa terancam dengan berbagai peristiwa yang selalu memojokkannya, termasuk keterlibatannya dengan Derek, sang pengacara yang me...more
Becky
Awesome book! It's been awhile since I've read Sandra Brown, but I need to pick up a couple more of her books. This one was really really good!

First of all, I read this book in one sitting. Couldn't put it down! It wasn't exactly what I would call a fast read, because I really had to pay attention to what was going on and couldn't skim over sections that didn't seem relevant. It was ALL relevant in this one! It's actually a book that I could read again just to see if I missed any details along t...more
Holly
So far a great read. Murder mystery...not too gory.
Hot lawyer, strong female lead character. Good suspense.
It didnt happen as fast as some of the disappointing Judith MacNaught novels that went south, but this story really tanked. The problem was, the genre was not really romance. I would call this story a murder mystery, leaning towards horror. I am giving it 3 stars, because the story was good, even with the poor choice in charecter development and complete fail at romance.
By page 300, the m...more
Marilu
Sandra Brown is a fantastic writer. This is a great book. The plot was great. The main characters were likable. I liked them, with the exception of Creighton, whom I don't think readers were supposed to like anyway! Everything about him was weird!
As always Sandra had little twists to keep the reader thinking, and throws a little surprise in every now and then. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys mystery/ thriller. However I wouldn't recommend starting it before bed unless you plan on s...more
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