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Chill Factor

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  17,923 ratings  ·  1,193 reviews
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paperback ISBN: 9780743466776.

Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town—the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there’s always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the
Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2005)
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~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
4.5 Stars

Another great novel by Sandra Brown.

This book combines two elements that I love: trapped-in-a-blizzard romance and a small town mystery.

Love, love cabin romances.

There’s something magical about them. On the one hand, they give me that cozy feeling of being indoors cuddled under the duvet while it snows outside. On the other hand, I love the tension and the slow build-up of the romantic relationship in a confined space (without technology, ow/om drama, manwhoring habits and other
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The audible was excellent. The Narrator did a great job with all the different characters. Eventhough I read the book a while back, I couldn't really remember the bad guy! LOL.


Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 I was so confused stars....

Sandra Browns writing never fails to lure me into the story. With equal doses of suspense and mystery she also has the ability to weave in a certain level of sex appeal in way that creates anticipation and when the moments happen….

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Let me start by saying this one drove me a little batty. It was fantastic of course but for the first 60% or so my thoughts were spinning in so many different directions that I my little brain was about to explode.

Where to begin with
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems I have broken my audio drought, as wholeheartedly the two main characters with very cool names - Lilly and Tierney - survived their blizzard and crazy circumstances.

This romantic thriller (what a great combo this is) was good, perhaps a tad drawn out, but good none the less.

Awesome narration. Was his voice as sexy as Tierney was built up to be?! Perhaps. But such a good voice to spend some hours with on my work commute.

I feel at home with this author, she will deliver. It was too long,
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at: Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews

Like most Sandra Brown books, Chill Factor is high on suspense and rich in details with a setting that plays intricately into the story. The list of possible “who-done-it” candidates is laden with red herrings and the stakes are high. Like the road that snakes up the mountainside where Lilly Martin finds herself stranded in a cabin during a blizzard, the plot is twisted with s-turns and roadblocks. If only she had headed down right behind her
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
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5 Chilling Stars!!

Sandra Brown is one of my top "go-to" author's when I'm in the mood for a great mystery suspense that will keep me guessing and on the edge of my seat, and SB manages to add just the right amount of romance to keep the characters connected and the reader enthralled.

In the town of Cleary in North Carolina, four women are missing, and presumed dead. The town has a serial killer (The Blue Ribbon Killer) on the loose, and as the story unfolds, as usual with a SB novel there are
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap on a cracker! Ms. Brown can definitely spin a tale. As many books as I have read by her, I am always amazed at her writings. She blew my mind again with this novel. I just knew who the culprit was but I was wrong...over and over again! So many little mysteries inside one big mystery. I loved this book! If you are a true fan of SB, and have never read this one, then grab a copy and enjoy!
Review written April 25, 2016

4 1/2 Stars - Thrilling good romantic (snowy) crime

I haven't listened to a Sandra Brown story since August. (Months flies!) Gosh, I have been missing her always so very enjoying romantic crime stories. — This time (my tenth) is it Chill Factor. First published 2005, here the 13:26 hrs audiobook (excellent) narrated by Stephen Lang.

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...and I'm breathless.


«4 women have disappeared from Cleary over the past 2 years. — ...the
Nothing has ever made me second-guess myself as much as this book did. Sandra Brown is a genius!
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Torrie Lambert vanished as though the ground had opened up and swallowed her. Not a trace of her has been found... except for a blue velvet ribbon."

WOW!!!! Loved this one!!! A classic who-done-it psychological thriller with a bit of romance mixed in. This one kept me on the edge of my seat… and the build up had me suspecting EVERYONE. Fabulous writing.

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The town was Cleary, located in the remote mountains of North Carolina. And it was about to experience
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I liked the mystery (even though I did figure out who it was pretty early on) and I liked the survival scenes. It was like a marooned romance in the sense that they were stuck together, but I guess I just wanted more romance. There was a lot of side stories going on that I could've done without. I figure it was all to keep the intrigue and mystery going though. One of my issues with romantic suspense is that I often feel like between the romance and suspense there is an
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This is a book one should read during summer! LOL

Apart from freezing feelings it transmits, due to a great descriptions, the book is very, very interesting and until the very end you are not sure who the culprit is!

The MCs are secluded in a cabin without light, water or heating. Lilly has a ton of suspitions about Tierney being a serial killer. Tierney, on the other hand, hides a lot. So, their co-habitation is full of tension and suspitions. Nothing much happens, all is in the athmosphere!

Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book. Slow at times. I didn’t really care for the two main characters because the side characters were so great! The main baddie had a good twist. I suspected him but wasn’t sure!
WOW!! That ending!! Just when I thought I figured it out, BOOM another twist, another suspicious person, another important fact!
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It all starts with Lilly & Tierney trapped by a record breaking storm, is he a serial killer or her fresh start in a new life? THIS BOOK is THRILLER/ROMANCE at its best!! Loved the setting, the descriptive writing, attention to details and it read just like a movie! Definitely a re-read for me.
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Fani *loves angst*
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of psycological thrillers, rather than action
I had trouble finishing this and when it's about a suspense story, that means a lot. Plus, the romance part was too weak and unsatisfying IMHO.

Lilly is somehow stranded in an isolated mountain cabin, along with Ben Tierney, a man she's met some months ago and liked. However, women have been disappearing lately in their quiet town and somehow, the more time she spends with him, the more she becomes convinced he's the culprit. Her ex-husband, the town's chief of police, freaks out when he learns
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: Mo
5 STARS ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overall rating: 4.75 stars!

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Lisa Kay
North Carolina woods, painted by Jeremy Sams

Kayaking on the French Broad River in North Carolina into Tennessee.

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Good Gravy Beans! I haven’t read a Sandra Brown book in ages, but this one took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Stephen Lang does an excellent reading of this romantic suspense. I’ve heard him narrate before, though it’s has been awhile; he still holds up.

I have to thank Jill (who knows I love a good snowbound story) for the recommendation of this
Nov 25, 2007 rated it did not like it
Listened to this book on the drive to and from SC at Thanksgiving. It was a way to fill up the long and empty miles, but as a piece of "literachoor" - it was an enormous piece of feculent nonsense.

Where to start? How about the part where Lily, the heroine, convinced she is snowed in with a serial kidnapper/murderer, has hot monkey sex with him, despite the whole HE'S A FREAKIN' MURDERER thing.

Or how about the fact that the hot, monkey sex happens between a woman who is weak from a nearly-fatal
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A gripping tale with many twists and turns...hard to put down. Thoroughly enjoyable read...Sandra Brown raises suspense to startling new heights in this fast-paced thriller!
Jun 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-books, hated
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I am a big fan of Sandra Brown. I don’t even glance at blurbs before requesting her books. To this moment I’ve read 34 of her novels. To my shame I haven’t written a single review on any of them. I just… I thought that everyone knows about Sandra Brown and either like her books or not. So I was really surprised when I realized that several of my GR friends haven’t read her novels and only now they begin to discover this author. Now I’m going to write reviews on Sandra Browns books because she ...more
There is no doubt that Sandra Brown can write and she does mystery thrillers best. This is one that held me glued to the pages and there are quite a few pages at that. Not a boring moment in sight.
Janie Johnson
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I decided on reading this book for my Month of Mystery TBR for August. I had heard that her books are standalone books and I had been collecting quite a few, so it was time to start reading some of her works since I had so many. I am glad that I read it.

Five women are missing from the sleepy mountain town of Cleary, North Carolina, and a blue ribbon has been left near where each woman was last seen. Lilly Martin has returned to Cleary to close the sale of her cabin. But when her car
Ange H
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
In Cleary, North Carolina a small mountain town, five women have disappeared, assumed to be the work of a serial killer. The town is full of interesting characters: the local pharmacist and his spinster sister still live together in their parents house; the head football coach is a notorious skirt-chaser, and his son was dating one of the missing girls; the police chief has returned to his old hometown in disgrace after being fired from his job in the big city; his ex-wife, Lilly, is suffering ...more
Marie Sexton
Dec 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've only read one Sandra Brown book in the past, Lethal, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was excited to try another one. Unfortunately for me, I picked this one. Wow. What a giant disappointment.

It would take me ages to detail the many, many things I hated about this story and frankly, I've lost enough of my life to this terrible book already, so I'll just list the general problems: completely cliche, unrealistic, TSTL characters doing the most ignorant things imaginable with no logical
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst not one of Sandra Brown's BEST books (in my opinion), I do think this one features higher than others.

The main issue I had with it, is that there was just too many things going on - so many different side stories that, yes, work together in the end, but I just wanted the main story to be focused on the stranded couple - and how they were surviving. I read Dark Horse by Honey Brown straight after this book and while the basic plot lines are so similar (2 people stranded in a cabin by
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one make me want lay in bed and read all dayyy!!

Absolutely unputdownable!! This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and i really scream at some point tought
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
My first Sandra Brown and I enjoyed the journey!

We had our first snow storm here already

I decided to resign myself to a fate of another long winter and jump in with a chilly book...about being stranded in a snow storm.

that isn't exactly what this was about but that is how we ended up here.

There were a couple surprise turns but this didn't get too twisty twisty if that isn't your thing.
All of it was relatively plausible while keeping the drama rolling right along!

If you are
Joan Swan
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Conflict has to be of my favorite aspects of a novel second only to foreshadowing. When I plot, one of my main concerns is developing both internal and external conflict, but I don't stop there. I take those two differnt types of conflict and twine them. When I'm able to blend the two in such a way that each draws on the other increasing the tension and the stakes for my characters, I know I've hit that sweet spot in my story.

Sandra Brown's thriller CHILL FACTOR does a beatuiful job of blending
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

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