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Dead Right (Stillwater Trilogy #3)

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Twenty years ago Madeline Barker's father disappeared. Despite what everyone else thinks, Madeline's convinced her stepfamily had nothing to do with it. But the recent discovery of his car finally proves he didn't just drive away. Worse, the police find something in the trunk that says there's more to this case than murder. With no other recourse, Madeline decides to hire ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published 2007)
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The third and final book in the Stillwater Trilogy by Brenda Novak. Madeline Barker desperately wants to know what happened to her father 19 years ago and now that his car has been found in the lake she thinks its time to find someone who will try to find him. She hires a P.I. from California, Hunter Solozano. Hunter has a great reputation for being able to find people but is hesitate to go all the way to Mississippi for a case. But he does and he uncovers more than Madeline could imagine.

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Cassandra
Mar 24, 2013 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
I've read some of the other reviews, and most people thought this book was too detailed about the sexual abuse, it made them uncomfortable, or it just was unthinkable. Well, unfortunately, however uncomfortable it may make you to read it, sexual abuse happens all the time in the real world. There were two books leading up to this one, you should have seen this coming. The only way Maddy was going to find out what happened to her father was for the whole story to unfold...all the gory details. Ho ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Nov 15, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Gripping, Heartbreaking, Emotional & Captivating! An Excellent/Exciting Read! I Loved It!
Susan (the other Susan)
Jun 22, 2014 Susan (the other Susan) rated it really liked it
Good suspense, a sexy leading man, and a satisfying resolution to the Stillwater trilogy. The audiobook narrator is good too. I first read/listened to this series quite a few years ago. Looking back, I was less enthusiastic about Novak's work than I might have been, if I hadn't been heavily into erotic romance at the time and hoping for more explicit sex scenes than this series offers. This time around, the relative lack of throbbing euphemisms didn't bother me. (Once you've read enough of that, ...more
Vilia
Apr 05, 2014 Vilia rated it liked it
Review from Backchatting Books

I found this book fairly difficult to read given the references to sexual abuse. I haven’t read the first two books in the series and the blurb on the back didn’t exactly prepare me for what was to come. Madeline Barker’s father disappeared twenty years ago and her step brother has long been suspected of killing him. When her father’s car is discovered in the local quarry, it sparks new questions rather than answering old ones.

Madeline still sees her father through
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Colleen
Sep 18, 2008 Colleen rated it really liked it
Wonderful conclusion to this series! Answers all of the questions, although some of the answers will turn your stomach. It definitely goes into much more detail about what happened (which the reader already knows what happened from the first two books). I loved the entire Montgomery family, as well as Madeline (and their respective partners). I'm really going to miss reading about them!
Jodie
Mar 11, 2015 Jodie rated it it was amazing
It only just occurred to me tonight as I was rereading the Stillwater trilogy that I hadn't reviewed it yet read my copies u til they were well worn and dog eared. I'm disappointed in myself for not showing one of my all time favourite authors some justified star action.

This series will tear at your heart strings, make you hold your babies close and require several boxes of tissues.

I cry a lot, I'm definitely a big old scary, ugly crier and this series will just floor you

Now whilst normally I'm
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Cathi95
Apr 09, 2014 Cathi95 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
(Mystery 2007) As usual for me, this is the third of a series, but held together well enough I don't mind missing the first two. in a small Mississippi town, Madeline Barker seeks to find what happened to her father twenty years ago when he disappeared. In the first two books, her stepmother and stepsiblings have been accused, especially her stepbrother, and exonerated (but still suspected). She hires a PI from California, Hunter Solozano, who puts pieces together and eventually finds out what h ...more
Fauziah
Feb 14, 2011 Fauziah rated it really liked it
So far so good.....

Finally finished the book. But the 3rd book is quite gory for my liking. Still, the book is very good.
Stacey
Jan 22, 2015 Stacey rated it it was amazing
I literally couldn't put this book down until I read the last page. There were some definate surprises in store. I've said this in my reviews about the other two books, that I really cared about these characters, and this book didn't change that. I am sad to see them go. Brenda's writing was supurb as always and the ending was satisfying. Its always irritating to be hooked on a series of books only to find you've wasted your investment of time and be let down by the conclusion. Thats so not goin ...more
Theresa Schmidt
Jan 01, 2016 Theresa Schmidt rated it it was ok
Of all the books in this series, the relationship between the main characters felt the least 'real' and deep in this one. Maddy's attitude when she finds out what the Montgomerys' did also really annoyed me because she's trusted, loved and been treated wonderfully by them for 20 years and suddenly they've been faking it all? Load of crap. Dead Silence was definitely the best of this series; stick with that one.
Anne
Oct 06, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
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Anita
In this conclusion to the Stillwater trilogy, the truth comes out into the open and Madeline has to face it head on, whether she likes it or not. Dead Right brings the story line and suspense up a notch when Madeline decides to outsource a private investigator to help her solve the mystery behind her father’s disappearance.

To be totally honest, a case like this SHOULD be left in the hands of an outsider, if only because too many people are too biased about the rest of the people in this small to
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Jane Stewart
2.5 stars. I had no sympathy for the heroine. The story was unsettling due to sexual sadism and other harm to children.

STORY BRIEF:
This is the final book in the Stillwater Trilogy. It continues the story about the unsolved death of Lee Barker. Barker was a sexual sadist minister who abused his stepdaughter and others. His wife and step children had something to do with his death and buried the body on the family farm. Madeline was his biological daughter and had no idea that Barker was evil. She
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Ana T.
Feb 07, 2008 Ana T. rated it really liked it
I started this book with a great deal of anxiety and expectations. I knew Madeline wants to discover what happened to her father but I really didn't want her to do that. I wanted her to forget about the whole thing because her family has already suffered so much and she doesn't even realise that.

The people of Stillwater, Mississippi, are asking questions about murder. Again.

Twenty years ago, Madeline Barker’s father disappeared. Despite what everyone else thinks, she’s convinced her stepfamily h
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Cindy
Feb 03, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
This review is going to be full of spoilers, so be warned.

I was hesitate to read the final book in this series. I knew this story was going to be the closure and the end of Maddy's story, and it took me two books to decide I really did not like Maddy. In the last book when she paid someone to "scare" Ally with the hopes of speeding up the investigation, I couldn't understand why the family continued to make the choices that they made. I do not know why everyone tried to hide the facts from Maddy
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Mandy Bookaholica
Dec 08, 2012 Mandy Bookaholica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-krimi
Der Stil des Textes ist sehr flüssig. Ich kam wunderbar zurecht und empfand es weder zu primitiv noch zu hochwissenschaftlich. Dazu empfand ich es als sehr angenehm, dass, wie auch schon in "Flieh, solange du kannst", von jeder Person, die in die Geschichte verwickelt ist, die Gedanken und Gefühle eingebracht sind. Man erlebt die Story aus verschiedener Sicht, was mich immer sehr erfreut. Ich mag es, wenn nicht nur eine Person umschrieben wird oder überhaupt eine Rolle spielt. Auch Gefühle und E ...more
Holly
Oct 01, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing
Good, although intense, end to this trilogy. The subject matter of what occurred years in the past is some pretty serious stuff and some readers may understandably prefer to skip this series. Bad stuff happens in life and the author managed to use this subject matter to build a compelling story. The character development and relationships were well done. There were some interesting, thought provoking twists. In the midst of all of this, there was a romance in each book.
Marianchu
Feb 21, 2016 Marianchu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado, sí, el desarrollo de la trama de suspense es muy bueno y tiene el final que tenía que tener. Lo que no ha terminado de convencerme es la historia romántica que me ha resultado un poco forzada y no los terminaba de ver juntos.... aún así mereció la pena leerlo.
Mi puntuación 7,5
Jay Jessmer
Jun 30, 2014 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing
Ms. Novak brings the "Stillwater Trilogy" to a frenetic, well written and satisfying conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and would recommend it to any fans of the thriller/suspense/mystery genre.
TJ
Mar 22, 2015 TJ rated it really liked it
A great ending to a fabulous trilogy! Madeline annoyed me to no end with her constant denials but Hunter was swoon-worthy and the story was riveting!
Kathy Elbinger
Dec 28, 2015 Kathy Elbinger rated it it was ok
Part two of a trilogy. Descriptions and dialogue seemed over-written and repetitive to me. Suspense at the end was well done.
Karen
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
The final book of the Stillwater Trilogy tells all. The ending is pretty predictable, though. Still it was a good read.
Kerrie
Jul 22, 2015 Kerrie rated it really liked it
This is a great series. However, the subject matter can be hard to handle.
Lhenry
Dec 31, 2012 Lhenry rated it it was amazing
A fitting climax to the Stillwater trilogy. Getting into the mind of one of the criminals was very unpleasant and the ending very scary and exciting, but that s a compliment to the writingyr. There was good closure in Madeline realizing that learning the truth about her father's death was going to be worse than not knowing - a very intriguing idea and well absorbed into the plot. Madeline, with her quirks and the mistakes she made really came to life for me and I completely fell for Hunter - a g ...more
Pauline Doyle
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Brianna
Jul 09, 2010 Brianna rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I usual hate reading about this type of stuff. (if you get distrubed easly, then DON'T READ THIS BOOK) but this book was soo griping that i couldn't put it down. I felt sorry for the character because she was so tored between the love for her stepfamily, people who stood by her, and her loyalty to her father, one of the people responible for bring her into the world. I so felt sorry for her old boyfriend, who didn't deserve someone like her. he didn't deserve to be hurt the way she did to him, b ...more
Teri
Oct 30, 2014 Teri rated it it was amazing
This is a really good series.
Dana
Jul 27, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
Maddy and Hunter
Despite the delicious wrongness of Maddy's step-father's acts, I think this book failed to meet it's potential. Maddy and Hunter's relationship seemed to drag out, Maddy was kind of whiney and Hunter was so emotionally unavailable it had me occasionally rolling my eyes. Great background, please spend more time on character development. I give it 3 stars.
Joanne
Sep 01, 2010 Joanne rated it really liked it
Twenty years ago Madeline's father who was a minister went missing. Recently his car was discovered and Madeline just has to know what happened to her devote father. The town has always suspected her step-family but she has always defended them but now she hires a private investigator to find the truth even though the truth may be worse than her father's disappearence.
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It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a
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Stillwater Trilogy (3 books)
  • Dead Silence (Stillwater, #1)
  • Dead Giveaway (Stillwater, #2)

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