I guess almost everyone who follows me knows how much I love books by Sandra Brown. she is one author whose stories I wouldn’t mind revisiting occasionally whenever feeling low and out. But Overkill, the latest release by the author would probably not get added to that re-read list. Her first few publications had intense romance and a bit of angst to complete the HEA but of late all her books were heavy on the suspense angle and the romance is a part of the unfolding drama that revolves around the main characters. Overkill is kind of going back to her original releases where the focus is on the” romance and the simmering sexual tension” between the protagonists and the suspense if I could call it, offering nothing extraordinary.
Don’t get me wrong, Overkill is, of course, gonna be the top bestseller coz she definitely knows to weave a story and capture the reader’s attention, and I was not disappointed at all but having had 5 star reads from her for the past 5 years or so, this one is a solid 4star read, exciting but not enthralling.
The central theme of the story as in the author’s words is the disturbing scenario wherein you are asked to play GOD, and it is not just about pulling the plug of a ventilator, Sandra Brown takes it a notch higher where Zach Bridger has to decide to starve his ex-wife to death. Imagine the kind of guilt and what ifs that are probably going to haunt you until ur last breath and that theme of the story was arresting and thought-provoking. The forbidden romance between him and the state prosecutor Kate Lennon is again, as her customary standards sizzling and the only part of the story that failed to give oodles of adrenaline usually expected from her is the “suspense”. The antagonist Eban is the rich spoiled caricature and lacks any twists that get the reader to sit up and say “oh my god”.
Overkill is a fast-paced and entertaining read, but if you have been a long-time follower of her works like me, this is not one of those that is gonna keep you on a high for days after reading her books.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a riveting thriller where ethics and privilege are put on trial—and the stakes for a former football player and an ambitious state prosecutor are life-and-death.
Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for years—not since their volatile marriage imploded—so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he—despite their divorce—has medical power-of-attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca’s parents have the final say.
Four years later, Rebecca’s attacker, Eban—the scion of a wealthy North Carolina family—gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to bring him to justice. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change—if she were to die—Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.
Kate’s mission to send Eban back to prison for good depends wholly on Zach. It isn’t lost on him that in order for Eban to be charged with Rebecca’s murder, Zach must actually be the one to kill her. He rejects Kate’s legal standpoint, but can’t resist their ill-timed attraction to each other. Eban, having realized the jeopardy he’s in, plots to make certain that neither Zach nor Kate lives to see the death of Rebecca—and the end of his freedom.