Outfox by Sandra Brown


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sandra Brown is one author whose books I might have read the most. There’s no other author in the romantic suspense category that manages to enthrall me as much and oft lately her books have been more focused on the thriller part than the romantic bit. Loyal readers of Sandra Brown would probably be a little disappointed in her latest release as there’s a minimum amount of expectation in Ms. Brown’s books. Outfox doesn’t match up to that level of sky-high expectation especially with the stunning twists that she manages to weave thru the story.
Outfox is brilliant for its concept, a man who is hell-bent on catching a ghost serial-killer whose first victim is his mother. I loved the cat and mouse game and the intense edgy watchfulness that both Drex and Jasper lives thru, so much that one has become the shadow of the other without realizing it. The drama is good packed with the sexual chemistry between Talia and Drex, as the forbidden love angle also comes into play but again the nail-biting tension that should have been there was missing, the story flows but not in the grasp at your throat way and that’s my only quibble else this is still one of the best books in the romantic suspense genre.

I really really loved the loyal and lovely friendship between Drex, Gif and Mike. The pushing and pulling between them was a joy to read. Outfox is maybe not out of the world but still the best!

Blurb

One man with multiple identities
Eight women who vanished without a trace
The next likely victim…his wife

FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought-and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemisis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim.

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