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Playing Dead

(Prison Break Trilogy #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 ratings  ·  118 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 naïve teenager who arrived home to
ebook, 482 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 ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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,
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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
I hadn't read the first two but enjoyed this never-the-less.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Khadija Hassan
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Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Leslie Whaley
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story line. Excited to read more by this author
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.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Brennan's better novels.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful ending to the Prison Break trilogy
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Excited to read more from this Author!
Beth Lechman
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced suspense with strong characters. Full pf twists and turns and an ending you don't see coming.
Mindy Cossins
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clearly 10 STARS, Especially towards the end. 3 Book Trilogy, GREAT GREAT READ, Allison Brennan does it again...
Since I’m always eager to discover new authors, especially in the romantic suspense genre, I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, based on Playing Dead I won’t be adding Allison Brennan to my “must read” list. I feel that the book has quite a few flaws and that its positive aspects aren’t enough to convince me to overlook them.[return]Let me start with the things I did like. The technical aspects of the story, such as legal issues and forensics, were nicely done. They are precise and ...more
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I finally finished the book and have to say that this book is filled with suspense, mystery and romance.
You are introduced to the characters and given the back ground information needed to know the basis of the book.
Fifteen years ago, Claire O'Brien, then 14 decides to go home from school for lunch. She walks in on her mom and her mom's lover, an assistant district attorney. Claire calls her father because she is upset about finding her mom in that situation.
Tom O'Brien decides to confront
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
by Allison Brennan
Ballalntine Books, New York
September, 2008
Paperback, 462 pages

Fifteen years ago, police sergeant Tom O’Brien was sentenced to death for the murders of his wife and her lover, an assistant district attorney. The state’s key witness against him was his daughter, Claire, then fourteen, who found him at the scene, bloody and holding the murder weapon.

The thing is, Tom O’Brien was framed. With his execution date four months off, an earthquake allows him to escape from
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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 three 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

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Prison Break Trilogy (3 books)
  • Killing Fear (Prison Break Trilogy, #1)
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