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Dead in a Week

(Forensic Instincts #7)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  60 reviews
What would you do if your daughter was kidnapped and given only a week to live?

Lauren Pennington is celebrating her junior year abroad when life comes to a screeching halt. At Munich's Hofbr�uhaus, she engages in an innocent flirtation with a charming stranger for the length of a drink. Drink finished, Lauren leaves--only to be snatched from the streets and thrown into an
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, the premise is more interesting than this kidnap story. Have I mentioned I don't care much for kidnap stories? 2 of 10 stars ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I've been reading AK's books since her days of writing historical romance and then the romantic suspense and now the thrillers. They are all good reads and well-written. This book was a bit of a disappointment. This first book with the Zermatt Group characters is a bit too technical for me. I miss the books that focused on personal relationships as well. It is not a bad book. It has a good premise but not a lot of danger. The bad guy is somewhat easy to figure out. I will continue to read her bo ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this newest book from author, Andrea Kane. It has a pretty good pacing that stays steady throughout the whole book from beginning to end.

Aidan is a strong lead character. Plus, he is intelligent. Which I would expect from a former Marine. While, Aidan may have been the lead character; the other characters did not play second string. They were prominent figures in the story as well.

As I briefly hinted prior; there is plenty of action in this story. So the mixture of good charac
I think what I loved most about this one was getting to know Aidan more. He's been in the back ground, popping in with his adorable daughter. Aidan's work with the Zermatt Group surprised me, yet was spot on with what we knew about him.

I really liked that Adian and his people knew what was going on with Lauren before anyone else and jumped in to help. By going to the father right away it seems like they got a jump on things. Watching the Zermatt team work was great! They were an odd collection
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well this is not really a Forensic Instincts book but a new series introduced in a very disjointed manner. Most of the forensic characters make cameos or are on the fringes of the kidnapping story. As for the new characters way to many to keep track of, add in daily flights, many foreign countries this became an almost DNF read. I only finished it because this is a series I devoured very quickly when I discovered it and was waiting for that to happen and it never did.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, read-2020
Dead in a Week (Forensic Instincts #7) by Andrea Kane

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Lauren Pennington is celebrating her junior year abroad when life comes to a screeching halt. At Munich's Hofbräuhaus, she engages in an innocent flirtation with a charming stranger for the length of a drink. Drink finished, Lauren leaves--only to be snatched from the streets and thrown into an unmarked van.

Officially, Aidan Deveraux is a communications expert for one of the largest financial firms in the world. In his secret life, t
Chris Conley
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These books are always so intricately crafted that I feel as if I have gotten a solid tech education by the time the crime is resolved. Andrea Kane is an amazing writer!!!
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read

Caveat: I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, Andrea Kane’s Forensic Instincts’ series dating back to 2012. You can see my past reviews by clicking on the title: THE LINE FROM HERE AND GONE, THE MURDER THAT NEVER WAS, and A FACE TO DIE FORA FACE TO DIE FOR.

When I found out that a new book was in the works I patiently waited to get my hands on a copy thinking it was another book from the Forensic Instincts’ series. I soon realized that DEAD IN A WEEK introduces a new company, the Zermatt Group. Wo
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars.

The main character of this is Aidan, who's Marc's brother and apparently the head of a super secretive Mission Impossible type organisation named the Zermatt Group (the place where the founding members initially met to establish the group). Like FI, it's filled with people with all sorts of skills including Simone, a French HR recruitment consultant whose job it is to look for the right people for a specific job and Aidan's love interest.

The premise of the Zermatt Group is good but (v
Feather Stone
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable read, even for someone like me who struggles with my plain jane flip phone (blushing). Much of the plot involved use of high tech devices that would be typical of any covert plot. Anyone who enjoys the benefits of an array of the latest communication devices and understands how they all work will absolutely love Dead in a Week. What saved me was that the narration was done so well that I got the gist of what was being applied and why.

The best part of Andrea Kane’s writing i
Darcia Helle
Dead in a Week is an explosive story of kidnapping and espionage. The pace gradually builds as we race against the clock along with the Zermatt Group, desperate to save an innocent young woman.

The plot is complex, intricate, and highly detailed. I have no doubt that an impressive amount of research went into the writing process, yet the story never feels weighed down by facts. Andrea Kane seamlessly weaves necessary details into the story as we need them.

This story is highly plot-driven. Action
Diane Saul
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New ground breaking technology is about to be released by NanoUSA. Technology that the Chinese will do anything to get their hands on. Including kidnapping the daughter of one of the directors of the company. Unless he gets the technology to them within 7 days, they will kill his daughter.

I loved this book. It has it all, industrial espionage, suspense, romance. I couldn’t put it down.
Carol Farrington
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, fiction
WOW such a twist at the end. I did not see this one coming, which is what makes me greatly appreciate this book. I find especially after reading several books by an author their style of "who did it" tends to become repetitive and predictable but not in this series. ...more
Kristine Davila
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrill-suspense
4 alive stars!

Is this the start of FI and ZG merger?

I was introduced to Zermatt Group, led by Aidan, Marc's older brother. That was kind of hardcore, in a way that it evolved around corporate espionage which I am not so fond of. But the story got me. It was entertaining and interesting.

Between the two groups, I do not have a favorite because its like comparing apples over grapes. They are both okay in their own way.
Kathleen Chrisman
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The Zermatt Group is founded and run by Marc's (from Forensic Instincts) brother Aidan Deveraux, whom we've met before in the Forensic Instincts books. I enjoyed getting to know him better along with his team. I liked the involvement of some of the characters from Forensic Instincts group in this book.
It took me a while to get into this book. Once the initial kidnapping takes place I found the story dragged as I tried to follow all of the new characters and their jobs. I enjoyed the internation
Bookworm LLC
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
I have been a big fan of Andrea Kane for a very long time. Ive read all her romance as well as her suspense. Dead in the Water was suspenseful but I felt it was not up to par with her previous series.
I will read the next book in this series when it is released to see if I like it better but if not I will not read this series. Just didn't grab me right away.
3.5-star read
I received a digital review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Lauren Pennington is nothing more than an American foreign-exchange student, biding her time in Germany during her break when an attractive man sits down at a renowned bar and has a drink with her. A few minutes later, Lauren has disappeared. Her family in the US knows nothing of her disappearance, but they will because Lauren has been taken as leverage. Lauren's father, Vance Pennington, is a hig
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
College exchange student Lauren Pennington’s disappearance while studying in Munich is a parent’s worst nightmare. And Vance Pennington’s worst fears are confirmed when he receives a demand from kidnappers to turn over his company’s revolutionary new technology program in exchange for his daughter’s safe return. With a deadline of one week to meet the kidnappers’ terms, Vance turns to former Marine captain Aidan Deveraux and his highly-skilled yet secretive Zermatt Group to secure Lauren’s safe ...more
Patti Lucas
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead in a Week is an amazing book. I just loved it and could not put it down. Dead in a Week introduces the Zermatt Group which is managed by Marc Deveraux's brother, Aidan. Aidan reaches out to Casey for assistance from Forensic Instincts. Aidan needed help from Ryan and Emma. Emma had the better joIn a sort of "big brother" program, Aidan and his team discover that the daughter of an executive at NanoUSA has been kidnapped before any ransom demands are even made. Lauren Pennington is studying ...more
Debbie Oxier
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this one but not as much as the Forensic Instincts series. Aiden Deveraux is ex-military, wealthy, and the head of the Zermatt Group, a covert group of military and spy operatives who search the data stream for disturbing events around the world. Think Person of Interest, the television show that operates along those same lines.

In this instance, Aiden learns of a young woman's kidnapping. Lauren Pennington, daughter of Vance Pennington, whose company is about to launch his latest techno
Jessica Bronder
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Pennington is spending time at a bar in Germany when a man comes up and starts talking to her. Then just that quick she is kidnapped and held for ransom. It seems her father, Vance has some cutting edge communication technology that the kidnappers want in exchange for Lauren’s life. Thankfully Aiden Deveraux and the Zermatt Group are on the case.

Aiden’s team found the kidnapping and figured out why Lauren was taken and reported the kidnapping to Vance. They are also there to help get Lau
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like a novel that has a good plot and plenty of action. This one has both. A tech company facing corporate espionage and an international kidnapping make for a compelling story. Aidan and his team are up to the challenge, with unlimited finances and the latest technology.

Kane has introduced a new covert group in this novel and I like it. I have enjoyed the Forensic Instincts novels and was glad to see some of those characters in this one. Kane manages to provide a good balance of character dev
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent suspense! I loved the very detailed play-by-play. The description of all the newest and latest technology/electronic devices/spy equipment - how fun! I want to play with some of those! Makes me want to go into the CIA or something. I wonder how many of them are real or made up?

Great character development. Lauren, the innocent victim, seemed very real to me. Aidan, in charge of the whole operation, was perfect and again seemed real. So many others and I am sure each person who reads t
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a first for me from Kane; but definitely won't be the last! Kane took a very realistic fear of sending a child abroad, only to meet with ill will, and wrapped us up within it. From start to finish, this is a strong read full of descriptive scenes and characters that are fully-developed into realistic people. The technology angle took me a bit to grasp but as long as I took my time, I was able to form the storyline into something I could follow. The ultimate dark theme behind greed and po ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
At the beginning of the book, our hero, Aiden, is set up as having a nearly 24 hour a day important job with daily massive disasters that only he can handle. His side-gig is doing private rescue, spy, vigilante work. When a project comes up, he drops this important work for a week. Not a word to his bosses, but he does use the company's resources to get a flight from NY to California. Later on we learn his private gig funds itself by stealing money from those it believes to be bad actors. And it ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, kindle, 2019
3.5 stars I am a big fan of this series. I have enjoyed the characters from the FI team sinc the start. Dead in a Week is a solid addition. This one focuses on Aiden, Mark's brother, and his secret spy team. They are looking for a missing millionaire's daughter and have exactly one week to do it. I did enjoy this one. It was action packed and fast paced. I liked getting to know Aiden better and am intrigued by his team members. Up until now, the books have focused on the FI team members. I'm not ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable but forgettable, novel, "Dead in a Week" centers around a young woman's kidnapping with an unusual ransom. Rather than money, the kidnappers, who work for the Chinese, are desperate to get their hands on ground-breaking technology.

What follows is a slightly unbelievable suspense / drama. Kane has recycled characters from her "Forensics Institute" series but she did not make the most of that strategy and use it as an opportunity to widen her reader base.

Unfortunately the plot, pacing
Catherine Woodman
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I have always liked the Forensic Instinct group of detectives, even though often their cases seem a bit of a stretch. This one seems pretty reasonable in that respect. A business executive whose company is on the verge of launching a new technology has the worst thing imaginable, at least if you are a parent--his daughter is kidnapped and held ransom, her freedom only being guaranteed if he turns over the framework of the new thing--which is held under lock and key at his company, not accessible ...more
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
Another fun read with some new characters added to the familiar ones from FI. Just wonder if all the technical bits are remotely plausible. If they are we are in trouble using any devices anywhere. This was a really interesting to story to imagine as it unfolded and folks worked 24/7 to solve the case.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-books-2019
It took me a minute to remember that Aidan was Marc's brother and set up the story. But then the story ramped up and off we go! There was a fair amount of suspense and surprise at the end. Enjoyed it but next time more Casey please. And get Emma a love interest please. ...more
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Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, including fifteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into excit

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