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Playing Dead

(Prison Break Trilogy #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,109 ratings  ·  132 reviews

Sentenced to death for crimes he didn't commit, ex-cop Tom O'Brien is now a hunted fugitive. After fifteen years in prison, he's determined to prove his innocence-but first he must convince his daughter, whose testimony helped put him behind bars, that he has damning evidence of a plot to frame him.

Claire is no longer the na�ve teenager who arrived home to
Mass Market Paperback, 462 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Tom O’Brien was convicted of murdering his wife and her lover 15 years ago. His daughter, Claire, was the principal witness at his trial as she walked in on the murder scene shortly after he discovered them. Tom was one of the San Quentin prisoners who escaped following the earthquake but he covertly helped law enforcement capture all of the others. Now he’s singularly focused on convincing Claire of his innocence, even if it means his recapture. In the meantime, FBI Special Agent Matt Bianchi h ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
For fifteen years, Claire O'Brien has believed that calling her dad to tell him about an indiscretion she witnessed caused her father to murder her mother and a lover. Now, Tom O'Brien has escaped from prison after an earthquake and has been on the run for several months. When he contacts her and tries to plead his innocence, Claire begins to start looking at all that happened, as well as current events that seem to have a connection to her family's past, and wondering if her father is really gu ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great mystery-suspense plot. The romance, not so hot, not so much and not at all satisfying to the romantic in me. I like my suspense intense and my romance scorching. But, I can live with a so-so romance as long as the mystery is there and is was there all the way from start to finish.

Claire O'Brien has spent half her life believing her father, a cop, killed her mother. When Tom O'Brien escapes prison, she wants him caught and returned to death row. Even a law student, Maddox, claimi
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fifteen years ago, Claire O'Brien's mother and her lover were murdered. Her father was convicted of the crime. Now he has escaped from San Quentin and has contacted her. He tells her he is innocent and needs her to use her private investigator skills to prove it. FBI Agent Mitch Bianchi believes Tom O'Brien is innocent. Tom saved his life when other escapees tried to kill him. Mitch started digging into the past and sees big holes in the case. During his investigation, Mitch meets Claire and doe ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tom O’Brien escaped from prison after an earthquake and he sets out to prove he’s innocent of the crime he was sent to prison for. First he needs to convince his daughter. Along the way he helps the FBI catch other escaped convicts.

From the beginning of the book it’s hard to believe that Tom O’Brien killed his wife and lover. After the events of that day are described for the reader it’s even harder to understand why he was charged. There is no proof and no evidence. This fact alone lets the rea
Incredible, unputdownable, unforgettable!

Claire O’Brien is a successful fraud investigator, assuming that they are all guilty until proven otherwise. After her father went to prison, she wouldn’t, and hasn’t really, trusted anyone. As she goes out to investigate a suspicious fire, her father surprises her, begging for help. He doesn’t care if he ends up back in prison, he doesn’t care that in four weeks, he’ll walk that stretch of corridor knowing he wouldn’t be coming back. What he cares about
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was like a sweater that was slowly unraveling. You pull one thread and then all of a sudden there is another one and another one ready to go.

It seemed like every time you had a handle on the story things would change, causing you to re-evaluate what you thought of the story and just who the bad guy was.

I just knew that the choices that Mitch made was going to come back and bite him in the butt, and sure enough it happened just how I thought.

I was surprised to see Nelia in this one, it
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
last in the trilogy of Prison Break. An earthquake at San Quentin allows a few prisoners to escape, including Tom, a former policeman, convicted of killing his wife and her lover. Prior to this book, in the two previous novels he helps the police catch a few of the escapees, anonymously; he is injured during one of the tipoffs.
He returns to Sacramento, to see his daughter, to plead his innocence. She was 16 at the time of the murders, now 10 years later is an investigator, raised by one of Tom's
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I hadn't read the first two but enjoyed this never-the-less. ...more
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: Playing Dead, book 3 of the Prison Break trilogy
Author: Allison Brennan
Published/Released: 2008
Read: June, 2015.
My Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars!
Genre: Mystery - Law enforcement/FBI - thriller - murder mystery - side of romance ;)

Brief remarks:

I really, really enjoy reading pretty much anything written by Allison Brennan and "Playing Dead" was no exception! What a fabulously intricate plot; truly, I can often figure out who the bad dude is, but this book kept me guessing and surprised me w
Shanyn Hosier
Brennan has a very readable style and entertaining voice. There are a LOT of flashbacks in this book, where a good deal of the clues reside, so if that's not to your taste, this book might fall flat for you. Some of the character descriptions fall under the "tell" rather than "show" category--for instance, we're told that hero Mitch has a trigger temper, but never once did he lose control during the story.

This book played the mystery and suspense very well, the story gaining momentum through to
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a really good suspense with a heavy thread of romance running through it. The entire trilogy was good and in my opinion should be read in order for the entire story arc. There was a twist with one of the characters that was unexpected and I wish that we would have had more epilogue with that part of the story.
Nikki H. Rose
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third book of this trilogy, Brennan continues to engage readers with the escaped convicts from San Quentin, a prison in California. During an earthquake (in the first book), nine or so convicts escaped. Thanks to local police departments, the FBI, and one of the convicts himself, all of the escapees have been captured. Well, all besides the one who has been helping them.

Tom O'Brien, a former police officer, escaped during the earthquake and leaked locations to the police and the FBI to recap
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Althea Mason (21st Century Reviews)
I have now read all three of the books in the prison break trilogy. I quite enjoyed the first one and I was started to read the following two I found myself not being drawn into the story as much as the first. The more I read into the last two books the more that I found myself dragging my feet to finish them. I felt the need to finish the second and the third one because I wanted to know what was going to happen.

At times I got confused on who exactly the killer was as far as their identity. I
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tom O'Brien was sentenced to death for the murders of his wife & a man she was having an affair with. However, he was not quilty. His daughter, Claire, believes he is. An FBI agent, Mitch Bianchi, believes O'Brien is innocent and is determined to prove it. Mitch befriends Claire but doesn't tell her who he is. She thinks he's an author.
The search for truth becomes dangerous and numerous murders happen.
Lots of action and suspense in this story and some vivid sex, which surprised me for a female
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great ending to this trilogy. I had been looking forward to Toms story since the first book and I thoroughly enjoyed his journey to redemption. Claire and Mitch are a great couple and Mitch might be one of my favorite male characters that AB has created! This story is very fast paced and full of betrayal, action, love, crime and secrets. There are a few familiar faces from other books such as Hans and Meg, but it is not necessary to read other series before this one. I would recommend reading ...more
Danielle Nicholson
This was really good. Reading this reminded me of the 'Grave Digger' storyline on 'Bones'. I liked how Allison Brennan wrote this. I liked how she built this storyline that eventually led to O'Brian getting his name cleared. This is another series I'd like to see continue or have another one spun off from this one. One that'd have Mitch and Claire as lead characters in the suspenseful action packed story ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vacation-books
I understand that the author wanted to make the criminals hateful but (geeze!!!) she went way overboard with the gross demeaning and abuse of women. It was unnecessary. There were just too many disturbing parts that I had to skip over. It was unfortunate because other than that, the writing was good, the plot and characters interesting.
Leslie Whaley
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this was really well written: I liked that it wasn't in a first person narrative (though if it was, I still would've liked it), I didn't get bored while reading and I liked the main characters. I kind of wish there was a bit more romance in it (I have a fondness for romance lol) but it had enough to keep my heart content. ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story, but I had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters, so at times I got confused and had to look back to figure out who was who. If not for that issue I would have rated this book 5 stars
Amanda  D'souza
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book, simply because of the twists and turns. It was difficult to predict the whos and whys at first, although I later guessed why. It was a satisfying read which i finished in one sitting
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Claire finds her beliefs of her father's guilt can cost her her life. More and more truth comes out as she begins to question and remember. A serial killer may hold the key to question she may not want answered. ...more
Harjit Kaur
pretty good book, definitely enjoyed the thrill and suspense. I wish they did better with the ending, it should have included how David and Bill reacted to finding out Philip was the killer and what he did to Clarie.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
One of Brennan's better novels. ...more
Mindy Cossins
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
really good
Gail Allred
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent story

Can't go wrong with anything written by Allison Brennen. She delivers every time and after reading 10 of her books, I've not been disappointed.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful ending to the Prison Break trilogy
Beth Lechman
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fast paced suspense with strong characters. Full pf twists and turns and an ending you don't see coming. ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clearly 10 STARS, Especially towards the end. 3 Book Trilogy, GREAT GREAT READ, Allison Brennan does it again...
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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.

40 books and numerous short stories later, Allison relocated in 2019 from Northern California to Arizona with her husband and two youngest children.

She currently writes the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan thriller series, and launched the Quin

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