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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,154 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman's MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn't working alone.

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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The story was thrilling and the narration was amazing! Loving this series! May or may not write a proper review.
Raegan   Ralls
-Disclaimer: I won this book for free through goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.-

This book could not keep a steady pace. It would be fast then slow then fast then slow. Making the book confusing and hard to picture. Too long of a book and the writing is not very clear. This book is a mystery novel and it still remains a mystery to me. Because when I finished it I still don't know what the hell I read. If you decide to read this post your review in the comments and let me know
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
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You might remember from my review of Notorious last year that I was left wanting more where Maxine Revere’s personal life was concerned, so I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Max both personally and professionally while reading Compulsion . Her personality certainly hasn’t changed. She challenges everyone around her as she tries to pull details together to understand a recent series of murders that she thinks is connected to a cold case she is also inv
Reindert Van Zwaal
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took half of the book to really get the suspense running, which was different from the first two installments of the series. This mainly resulted in a lower rating, combined with a simpeler story line. Overall it was still a good read, with a huge plottwist near the end. Brennan has the power to let you experience the book as if you are watching a detective series on tv at full speed!
Cocktails and Books
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Compulsion is a riveting story. I haven’t read crime drama or a psychological thriller for some time, so this book gave me my much needed fix! This is the first book I have read by Allison Brennan, therefore my first in the Max Revere series. Brennan did a great job at explaining some of the back stories and characters, but I definitely want to go back to her first in the series for the full story on Maxine.

This book has complex characters with some “complicated” relationships. Max is successful
When I first saw this title available for review, I immediately jumped on it. I enjoyed the last Max Revere novel and felt that this would be more of the same. I was correct.

Maxine "Max" Revere, investigative reporter is covering the murder trial of serial killer Adam Bachman.

Max pulls some strings and gets a pre-trial interview with Bachman. From what he says and her own experience in dealing with serial killers, she feels that Bachman has a partner. He's too smooth and Max feels someone must b
Christina T
While the first book in this series was just ok for me I really enjoyed this second one a lot!

The Good: Maxine was a little hard to like in the first book. As an investigative reporter she digs for the truth often to the point of causing some people emotional distress, like her family. In this one she is forced to acknowledge her shortcomings (and there are many). It was nice to see her so vulnerable. We also got to know more about David and Marco. Love David by the way.

The suspense did take nea
Terri Wino
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
I definitely enjoyed this second book in the Max Revere series more than the first. Characters and backstory had been established in the first book, so Compulsion gets right into the crime/mystery. We get a much better picture of WHO Maxine is in this book and some of the reasons for her -- shall we say -- personality quirks.

The investigation in this book was pretty interesting and kept me guessing, even when you knew who the culprits were. My only complaint was there were quite a few drawn out
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Allison Brennan

Key characters...and what is going down with them...

Max and her friends are the key characters in this novel. This is not the first book with Max as its central character and the author does a beautiful job of referring to and tying in other characters as well as events from other books. I see Max as beautiful, tough and damaged...but this makes her excellent at what she does...investigative reporting and using her gut to sniff out the bad guys. And in this
It's interesting how this with this book things seem to be a bit more real to Max. She's forced to confront her past, forced to admit some things about herself she really didn't want, but I think both things will make her a better person. Max also forced to realize how important she was to people and not just as a boss or paycheck.

The crime in this one was like an onion, there were so many layers. You thought you had a handle on things until the next layer was peeled away and you realized you d
I can't think of a single thing that I didn't like or felt that wasn't explained satisfactorily. The plot is an incredibly convoluted murder/missing-persons case that folds into itself multiple times over the course of the book, connecting itself farther and deeper into Max's life than I could've ever imagined. If it had been anyone other than Allison Brennan the story would've definitely started to drag and/or become too confusing. Fortunately, we had a veteran author writing who made the story ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is and excellent series so far. It is a little different because it is from the aspect of a reporter, not the prosecutors, police, or victims. It puts and interesting look on the crimes that are occurring.
Max is hard-nosed and ,tuff but you can get to her softer side if you know how. This storyline is exciting, thrilling, and breathtaking!there are many twists along the way, but there is one major shocker, at the end. You will not see this coming. You need to pay close attention, in
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Installment #2 in the Max Revere series finds her back at home in New York City and working on a story about a serial killer, Adam Bachman. She’s drawn into the case by the children of a couple who are believed to be victims of the killer. It’s the usual procedural drama with Max and her new assistant, Riley, systematically unraveling the disappearance of the couple and the identity of Bachman’s accomplice. We get some additional background info about Max and her early years with her mother, Mar ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second book in the Max Revere series and as good as the first. Mystery, suspense at it’s finest.

This book contains a multitude of very sick people. My kind of book! Max is covering a high profile case involving the murder of four people, minimum! She is an investigative reporter and becomes the next kidnap target.

She is a no nonsense, I got this, doing it my way, hands on reporter until the case she is covering becomes more than she had first assumed. Her personal history is used against her in
Cecily Kyle
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: towers
I enjoyed this novel much more than the first one. I was captivated by the story right away and didn't want to put it down.
It really does feel like Max is a detective though, and not a reporter. She gets things that she should not be able to and better than most. I get that she is an investigative reporter but I guess she is just really good at her job, minus the other stuff.. haha
I am looking forward to continuing the series as I have really grown to like the characters.
Good Read!
Beth Lechman
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Allison Brennan's character Max Revere is arrogant, passionate and driven. The type of person who feels that whatever she does to get to the truth as she sees it is justified. When she is kidnapped and almost killed she needs to take a hard look at herself and what she does. Fast paced with edge of your seat suspense. Max Revere is a character that you will either love or you will hate.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting thriller but with some awkward pacing in the beginning and the end. I also felt like the climax was a bit too early in the book so the wrap-up portion at the end seemed to drag on quite a lot. I liked all the characters and felt that they were authentic and not too extreme in their characteristics. Overall, it was a good thriller and would recommend for thriller fans.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Rosemary Schwartz
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read a series, but so far love this one.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m really enjoying this series...very suspenseful!!
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Compulsion by Allison Brennan is the second book in her Max Revere series and in my opinion even better than the first book, Notorious, which I enjoyed. I typically shy away from romantic suspense novels as many tend to lean more toward the romance side, a genre I personally do not care for, however, I have not found this a problem in the Max Revere series, Brennan has a wonderful balance and creates an atmosphere of suspense that kept me fully engaged throughout the book. Compulsion is centered ...more
Amanda Morgan
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Although this is the 2nd book in the Max Revere series, it's my first foray into her exciting life. Max is an investigative reporter who delves into cold cases to give families some relief finding out what happened to their relatives. She also has a television show where she talks about current crimes and criminal cases. Max is obsessed with Adam Bachman, a man on trial for kidnapping and attempted murder of a woman he met at the bar where he works. However, Max has a theory that he has killed s ...more
Elisha Heebner
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a lucky winner to receive Compulsion in an advanced reader copy version. I knew it was going to be good because Allison Brennan has a way of making her stories come to life. Compulsion reacquaints us with investigative reporter Maxine Revere from the book Notorious. Max has a theory and the games begin.

First off, you do not have to read Notorious to read Compulsion. Brennan does an admirable job filling in the blanks so you are up to speed without dragging the story down.

The best part of
This is the second book in this new series by Allison Brennan and I love it! The main character, Maxine Revere, is an investigative journalist who looks at cold cases. She not only writes articles on them, but also has a John Walsh-type show that she does once a month called "Maximum Exposure" in which she follow whatever cold case she's been working on. In this one a several grown children contact her about their parents disappearance from Manhattan, so she gets involved and their disappearance ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alex Bachman is caught with a kidnapped woman in the trunk of her car. Thus begins this novel. Max Revere is an investigative reporter and not only thinks Alex is responsible for the disappearance of a vacationing couple, she also believes he is not working alone. When most thrillers are like a roller coaster slowly making its way to the top before the big drop, this story already begins at the top and the whole story is the fast ride down with twists and turns and scary moments that makes the r ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love a really good mystery and this one did the trick! I love Max and the situation she found herself in made me sit on the edge of my seat.

I listened to the audio version and the reader did an excellent job and definitely made my heart race and froze me in my tracks. Excellent reader!
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book for the most part but it took me longer than most books to finish. The ending was not as spectacular as I was hoping for.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman's MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn't working alone.
Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose dis
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little slow getting started - lots of characters introduced.
Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman's MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn't working alone.

Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose disarming composure in the f
Jane Luczon
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compulsion by Allison Brennan is truly such a breathtaking book. Frankly, this was the first book I ever read that wasn't a YA Novel. I really would say this book was a 4.8/5 because this became one of my favorite books. Despite the fact that I had difficulty with keeping up who was who because the amount of characters in this book, this book had me sitting on the edge of my chair. It felt as if I was a part of this fictional world since I was trying to think analytically and making constant jud ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than two dozen thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The Lu

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