Playing Dead by Allison Brennan (‘Prison Break’ series Book #3)

  Playing Dead  by Allison Brennan

‘Prison Break’ trilogy Book #3

Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages – Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 30, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0345502736 – ISBN-13: 978-0345502735

Back of the Book reads:

A pitiless killer never dies.


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 naive teenager who arrived home to find her mother and her mother’s lover shot dead and her father holding the murder weapon. She’s a successful fraud investigator who assumes that everyone lies. Though Claire is convinced of her father’s guilt, curiosity propels her to look into the disappearance of a law student who claimed to have proof of Tom O’Brien’s innocence. But seeking answers only leads to more questions, reinforcing Claire’s belief that there’s no one left to trust.

Obsessed with the O’Brien case, FBI agen Mitch Bianchi befriends Claire under false pretenses, certain that Tom is not only innocent but in grave danger – and not just from the cops. As the three race toward the truth, a merderous conspiracy tightens its noose – and Claire becomes the target of an ice-cold psychopath who will kill to protect his secrets.

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Review: 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 is that he doesn’t go to his grave without Claire knowing the truth ~ that he never killed her mother or her lover. That he was framed.

But the begging fell on deaf ears. Until, that is, when Claire found a letter from her father in her home office. That letter let curiosity out of the bag, and Claire began her own investigation. The more questions she posed, the more questions than answers she got back, and the more runaround the received, the more she believed that her father really was innocent.

Meanwhile, Mitch (FBI agent – we’ve met him in the first two books in the trilogy) had befriended Claire, hoping to get close to her, truly believing that her father would eventually contact her. What he didn’t plan on was falling in love with her. Now the question is – will he be able to keep her alive and prove that her father really is innocent when a psychopath made it clear he wants Claire – dead?

Even though I enjoyed the first two novels in the series, this was the perfect ending to the trilogy. Gripping, chilling, suspenseful, you truly won’t be able to put the book down. You’ll pick it right back up.

You’re sucked into the story and follow along with Claire as she tries to piece together what had happened 15 years ago. What and why. You really feel what Claire and Mitch feel for each other, including their inner battles. Great action, tenseful scenes, an excellent mystery. Plenty of colourful characters, but not too many; just the right amount that you knew exactly who all the players were – except for one.

The more questions Claire poses, the more questions she comes up with that are left unanswered. And the more you twist and turn into the story, the more you think you believe who the psycho is that’s after Claire. And I was so sure of myself, so darn sure. And I was off, way off… And I adore it when an author does that to me. If an author leaves me completely clueless until you find out exactly who it is, or all clues point to someone else and you’re totally wrong in your assumption, to me… the best romantic suspense thrillers around.

Allison Brennan is definitely an author not to ignore! I can’t wait for her next trilogy!



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