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She Can Scream (She Can Series) by Melinda…

She Can Scream (She Can Series)

by Melinda Leigh

Series: She Can (3)

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Character driven suspense with highly engaging characters and a killer to keep the tension high.

The main characters Brooke Davenport and Luke Holloway are two souls haunted by past tragedies. Sixteen years ago Brooke’s roommate was murdered and it still haunts her today. Along with raising her two kids and teaching she feels she must make young women aware of the dangers that lurk around the corner and teaches a self-defense class. Luke’s tragedy was more recent. Three months ago in the Philippines a terrorist bomb went off in the building he was in along with his assistant. Luke cannot get past seeing her die in front of him.

The two are thrown together when Brooke’s brother who is Luke’s best friend ask him to watch over her while he is deployed. When Brooke stops a killer from taking a young woman Luke’s job changes from watching to protecting as Brooke can’t let go of finding the perp and the killer decides he is going to mess with Brooke’s mind by leaving clues on bodies.

Throughout the investigation we get to see some previous characters from the other books. Police Chief Mike O’Connell and retired detective Jack O’Malley are a big part of the team trying to catch the killer.

Even though the killer/mystery is at the forefront there is also plenty of family time between Brooke and her kids and Luke and his grandmother and both of them having to finally come to terms with the significant things that has affected their lives and the decisions they have made based on those things. ( )
  CindySnS | Oct 26, 2016 |
Brooke Davenport is a math teacher and divorced mother of two teenagers. She also teaches a self-defense class for young woman to help assuage the guilt she feels regarding the murder of her college roommate. She is suffering from survivor's guilt regarding Karen's death. When she answers screams and save another young woman from being kidnapped and killed, she becomes the focus of the killer and also obsessed with finding out who the killer is.

Luke Holloway is suffering from survivor guilt too. He is a computer security expert who was in an explosion in Manila and watched his young colleague die. He carried her down many flights of stairs despite his own burns and other injuries but she didn't survive. Now Luke is dealing with nightmares and other fears. When his best friend asks him to look after his sister Brooke while he is deployed overseas, he agrees but he hadn't bargained with trying to save her from a serial killer.

Brooke and Luke had also not bargained on falling in love but, through the course of the dangers they face, they do.

Even though the serial killer has chapters where he is the viewpoint character, Ms. Leigh had me completely fooled about who the killer was. I fell for the red herrings she threw out and was very surprised to learn the truth.

The story was well-written and filled with suspense. I recommend it. ( )
  kmartin802 | Sep 1, 2013 |
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

She Can Scream was a good, fast-paced thriller that will keep you engaged, and while I saw the whodunit coming, it was still a very enjoyable read with awesome characters that you can easily relate to.

Brooke Davenport is a single mother struggling with a severe case of survivor's guilt following the murder of her best friend years before. She tries to assuage that guilt by teaching self-defense classes to young women in the hopes that she can stop it from happening to someone else. When she finds herself embroiled in a serial rapist and killer's tangled web and ultimately becomes his focus, she is forced to rely on the only man near enough at hand to lend assistance - and a blast from her past - her brother's best friend Luke.

Luke Holloway is a work-a-holic suffering from a severe case of post traumatic stress after being involved in a high-rise bombing. After stopping back in his little home town to visit his grandma before he heads overseas on business, he is confronted with his teenage crush, his best friend's older sister. As things become dangerous in Brooke's life, Luke's protective instincts kick in and he sets out to do whatever is necessary to protect her and her family.

All in all, She Can Scream was a action oriented and thrilling murder mystery with just enough side storyline and romance to make you feel like it's happening to someone close to you. I would definitely recommend it to Romantic Suspense and murder mystery/thriller fans! ( )
  LITERALADDICTION | Aug 27, 2013 |
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When high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport saves a young girl from a brutal assault and is targeted by her would-be killer as a result, computer expert Luke Holloway vows to protect Brooke at all costs.

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