She Can Scream

Melinda Leigh
She Can Scream
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Montlake Romance
Release Date
September 2013
Book 3 of "She Can"
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman's life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.

Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women's self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother's friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke's unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.

Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant's death in the explosion. But Luke can't refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke's safety threatens Luke's tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer's obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Aug 29, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
Screaming is good, very good, along with kicking and scratching when someone is trying to kidnap you. Do everything you can to survive.

SHE CAN SCREAM had me hooked from the moment I started reading the first couple pages of this book. I realized immediately that I needed to pay attention to all the small details because it was not going to be clear cut who the psycho stalker/killer was. There was going to be some twists and turns along with doubt of who could be the mastermind in planning the stalking, kidnapping and murder of a young woman. I knew that I was going to be able to get into the mind of this person and why he became the person he was, but I can't believe I felt sorry for him. I felt sorry for what he was put through when his parents died, but then something happened and I felt he needed to suffer for what he had done to countless women who had died at his hands.

Brooke Davenport is a math teacher with two children, but she also teaches self defense classes to women. She has been suffering with guilt since her roommate Karen was murdered. Brooke believed it was her fault that her friend was murdered so she was making sure that women knew how to defend themselves, if someone ever threatened them.

And she was glad she was able to help Maddie when she saw her being hit by a man. With Brooke's shout, he was gone. She tried to follow him, but tripped and hurt her knee instead. She saved a woman from being kidnapped and killed, but now the man was out there, lurking, free. What if he came after her? what if he tried going after Maddie again, and what about her kids?

Luke Holloway needed to get away from the city and the tall buildings. So going back to visit his grandmother sounded great and he could see his friend Wade again. He never thought he would be protecting another woman (Brooke) again. He had already failed his assistant; he could not save her and the guilt was eating him alive. And now this. How could he keep Brooke safe?

He was panicking, but he needed to do this, for his friend Wade who was being deployed. But mostly, because Luke felt a strange protectiveness for Brooke overcoming him. The feelings he had when he was younger, when he had a crush on Brooke were coming back. Or maybe they never left. Not only was his protectiveness coming out but also his jealousy.

Brooke wants to find this person before he can hurt her, her family, Maddie or another woman again, so she wants to help investigate the attempted kidnapping, but Luke reminds her that the police need to do their job and she should not interfere. Only she can't help it. She needs to do something. How can she keep her kids safe? Will Luke be able to keep her safe? Will Brooke finally find out the truth of what happened that one fateful night? Could Brooke and Luke heal each other?

Ms Leigh's writing style is amazing. Her descriptions of different scenes, the detail of what is happening, the suspense of the killer and the love that is developing between Luke and Brooke is fascinating. I found the characters easy to like and loved that Mike and Jack made an appearance. It was nice to know that Mike was okay after what he went through in She Can Tell.

Yes, everything happens under a week but the pace of the story--how the story unfolded, how the stalker/killer planned his attack, his next step to torment Brooke--was good. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Brooke and Luke build, the heated stares, the itch to touch each other, to kiss each other. I do have to say there were small grammatical errors but nothing that made me stop to read or take away my enjoyment.

I was drawn to the story, the suspense building up, and who could be doing the stalking/killing. Was it a parent, a stranger, or someone they trusted? Trying to solve this mystery was tough, which I totally loved. The twists and turns kept me on my toes, trying to guess who it was.

I totally recommend this suspenseful read. Be ready to read from beginning to end in one sitting. It's totally worth it. Thank you, Ms. Leigh, for another wonderful read!
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