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The Prey (Predator Trilogy #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,964 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
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,
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Ballantine Books
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Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-jar
Lo amé.
Aunque hubieron muchas cosas que no me terminaron se convencer...
Pero la trama era tan buena!!
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
While a very good mystery/thriller, I had a really hard time even liking Rowan through most of the story. She's cold, brash and off-putting. Nor could I understand why John was so drawn to her, as she sure didn't give him a reason to be! There were also too many situations that stretched the realm of believability a little too far, especially near the end. The premise of a serial killer recreating fictitious murders from suspense/thriller novels was eerily gripping, though, which did keep me rea ...more
Ashley P
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Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
No sé exactamente que decir de este libro.. La historia de suspense está muy bien llevada pero si bien es cierto que hay algunas cosas que yo eliminaría porque para mi no eran necesarias, en general está muy bien escrita.
Si soy sincera no esperaba mucho de la novela porque la parte de la sinopsis que decía que había dos hombres detrás de la protagonista no me convencía ya que por regla general no me gustan los triángulos amorosos pero en este caso no hay nada que temer porque se aprecia la quím
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
First I want to say is Allison Brennan is a wonderful Author... This book however (Great Story) but way to much romance/ sex scenes and to me took away from the Great Storyline of the book... I just read recently the Hunt in the same Series, different storyline and basically stuck to the what the book was about and just a tad of Romance. I will still read her books, because of the style of books I like to read... So that is the reasoning of the 3 stars that I rated it!!!
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Prey

A great beginning to a Trilogy I know holds much excitement! I enjoyed this book over much! Now on to The Hunt!
Eve Nolon
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, e-book
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
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Prey (Predator Trilogy, #1)
by Allison Brennan
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense

Rowan Smith, an attractive former FBI agent, has turned into successful crime writer. Things get bad when some maniac start to recreate murder scenes from her books in real life...

I tried, I really tried but I couldn't make it to the end.
I just didn't care who did it.
I didn't much care for the characters. Rowan was too annoying, whiny and jumpy most of the time. Yes, she had reason for being like
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Liane Almeida
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, just like the others from Allison, I think the plot was very well written.
The missing thing was THE REASON. Rowan spend all the book wondering why her brother did all those killings, she was trying to imagine a reason, even when she thought he was dead, and at the end she had plenty of time with Bobby and never asked why? Why he decided to be like that? And I think she should have forgiven her father too, after to knowledge what really happened that night. Thats why I g
Laura (Kyahgirl)
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Melanie Chabrol-
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Karla Cabcam
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
No me terminaron de convencer los personajes, la linea del suspenso esta muy buena pero los personajes no se conectan, cada uno esta bien por su parte pero al momento de querer relacionarlos no funcionan.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
A glorified Harliquin romance ugh. Every cliche is used in this book and is soooooo predictable !!! Would NOT recommend this author.
Wendy T
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Denise H
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great start to the series. It grabs you in the beginning and holds on until the end. It is a chilling mystery/thriller with lots of suspense and a budding romance.

Rowan Smith is a former FBI agent with a traumatic past. She abruptly left the FBI after a horrific case hits too close to home; stirring up memories she tried to keep buried. Currently living in a borrowed beach house in Malibu while one of her novels is being made into a Hollywood movie, she is shocked when the LAPD an
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was Allison Brennan's first book and she has gotten MUCH better with time. I decided to go back to the beginning of her career, as I have enjoyed so many of her other recent books. "The Prey" is a fun twisty read, but the writing is not as good as the Brennan novels I'm used to. She repeats herself often. The main character, Rowan Smith, is described too many times as tough and avoids getting too close to people. After the umpteenth time explaining that, I started to skim, because it seemed ...more
Beth Lechman
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ex FBI agent Rowan Smith turned to writing fictional thrillers when she left the agency. Now someone is taking the murder scenes and re-enacting them. Innocent people are dieing and she has no idea who it is. When one of her books is being made into a movies they hire security for Rowan fearing she is the ultimate target. As each new murder takes place Rowan fears she is losing her mind. This one will keep you turning pages to find out who the killer is.
Connie Hinsley
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Looking for something new to read and picked up this book. Had never read anything by Brennan before. WOW! What an awesome, thrilling story. Getting ready to start next book, and will be looking for more by this author!
Ellen Williams
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

I really enjoyed the Lucy Kincaid series and was looking forward to reading her other books. So, I am not disappointed. Some parts were a little weak, like the priest, but I loved it and can’t wait to read more.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
The premise was excellent, the execution (for me) ... let's just say that enough folks really liked it that my little 2-star review won't make a dent in the overall rating. We'll leave it at that.
Loretta Blackmon

Could not put it down. Awesome read.
Why does this require a certain amount of words? That needs to stop.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
twisted killer, intense
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