The Standout: A Robin Bricker Novel
First Robin gets the email with its simple demand: dump your fiancé or else. Then someone puts up the slanderous Rotten Robin Website that threatens to crush her chances to win The Standout, a ballet-themed, fashion reality show. Surrounded by backstabbing co-contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can't trust anyone, including herself. Her only a...more
I was looking forward to reading this book ever since I took part in the Kindle Scout campaign. Though, the author is new to me, I was intrigued by the blurb and that led me to taking part in the campaign and then to the blog tour.
The book didn't disappoint me at all. It was a good combination of elements like a reality show concept, the back stage intrigues of the show, the heroine's past and t ...more
I love Robin and she’s gone through some crazy things in her life but nothing like this. This is a psychological thriller, different from any other book with Robin. Someone is cyber stalking her and is tr ...more
From the moment I started ‘The Standout’ I was fascinated by these characters and their story. I know there have been ...more
I picked up this book based on the outstanding cover and the intriguing blurb. I did not pick it up for the genre, as Chick Lit is not my usual forte. And although the blurb claims the story is a psychological thriller, I wouldn’t classify it as such. The main focus is the personal journeys of each character. (Something I love!) There is ...more
Robin, a former reality TV participant, has her life together. She's had her 15-minutes of fame, has a business that's doing well, and a boyfriend who's just proposed. She receives a few odd emails but isn't overly concerned - that is until she receives a note and an odd text from an old flame. While she's trying to figure out who's sending these increasingly threatening notices Robin is asked to go on another reality TV show. This is also abo ...more
I was hooked. I stayed up late into the night as I literally could not put The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp down. It did not matter what part of the story I was in, I was intrigued.
I loved the internal fashion design studio scenes, and the thrills and danger of the external upper edges of high-rise buildings, and the intrigue of sifting clues to find out who was attempting to defame the protagonist Robin. This novel thrilled.
I’ll go so far as to say that this ...more
Wasn't sure before I started this one whether I would enjoy it, but wanted to know how Robin got on. However, I found it more interesting than I expected. Again, the book had stopped, leaving questions about what happens next in the life of Robin, her family and friends......
This is not a typical choice genre for me, I'm not into the whole psychological thriller scene usually... so forgive me if I'm a little blunt in my opinions. This was also my first book by Laurel Osterkamp. Apparently there are many books involving these characters, but each is supposed to also stand alone. I felt that rang true when it came to The Standout. I haven't read anything else by the author, and didn't feel like I was missing any pertinent information during my time read ...more
The Standout is an interesting mystery that leaves you wondering what someone would do to ruin another person's life and what motive they could have to do so. Throughout the book, it remains much of ...more
I wasn't a very huge fan of Laurel Osterkamp's 'Next Breath' - I found it too dry, disconnected and not at all to me liking, to say the least. And yet, as I read the synopsis for The Standout, it seemed so different, and I couldn't help but sign up for the tour!
This is one part of a series of Robin Bricker novels, but all of them can be read as standalones. I haven't exactly read the others, but after The Standout, I will definitely be picking ...more
Fast forward to present day. Robin and Nick are a couple. In fact, they plan to marry. For now, they live together with Nick's teenage sister. Life is nice and normal until Robin starts to receive threats that are dropped at the house and text to her. She immediately freaks out and doesn't ...more