Low Pressure by Sandra Brown


13 Critic Reviews

...Brown skillfully combines strong characterization with plots that keep the reader guessing all the way.


Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy's identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan's wayward and reckless boyfriend -- and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy's sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan's slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won't stop until she reveals Susan's killer.

That is, unless Susan's killer strikes her first...

About Sandra Brown

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Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers - including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.
Published September 18, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 470 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Oct 07 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1


Sep 01 2012

...Brown skillfully combines strong characterization with plots that keep the reader guessing all the way.

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Publishers Weekly

on Jul 16 2012

Sexual tension fueled by mistrust between brash Denton and shy Bellamy smolders and sparks in teasing fashion throughout.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Sep 20 2012

LOW PRESSURE is both a classic and groundbreaking work of romantic suspense that also will satisfy readers who are not ordinarily attracted to the genre but who would be willing to widen their reading horizons.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd

I knew the killer about 25% into the book...I recommend you don't rush out to buy this clunker.

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Fiction Vixen

Reviewed by Jen on Sep 13 2012

...this is a classic Sandra Brown book. It is well written with a great depth of story telling.

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USA Today

Reviewed by Lea Franczak on Nov 04 2012

Its multilayered, intricate and suspenseful storyline is enriched with vivid descriptions and crisp dialogue...Low Pressure is a book you'll want to read in one sitting.

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State Journal-Register

Reviewed by MARTY MORRIS on Sep 27 2012

"Low Pressure," like many of Sandra Brown’s novels, is part murder mystery, part romance novel, and part Lifetime movie script. But it is wholly entertaining.

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Fresh Fiction

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter on Aug 28 2012

Yes, we know how it will end for the couple, but it's the perilous path taken to get there that makes this a spellbinding and suspenseful read.

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Fresh Fiction

Reviewed by Sandra Wurman on Aug 10 2012

Hard to know what's scarier a person with or without a conscience. As LOW PRESSURE unfolds the line between the two becomes more and more obscure.

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Reviewed by Brittany on Aug 15 2012

Every character in Low Pressure had multiple facets about them, so even characters who don’t get as much page time... are fully developed and interesting to learn about.

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Criminal Element

Reviewed by Lakis Fourouklas on Aug 22 2012

Sandra Brown delivers a novel in which nothing, and almost nobody, is what or who it seems. At moments you can’t tell who’s good and who’s bad and every so often you can do nothing but feel some sympathy for one of the villains.

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So many books, so little time

Above average
on Jun 27 2013

I have read Sandra Brown before and would read her again, this story had bits were the story pulled on for a bit but overall it was a really good read...

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Tales of a Book Addict

Reviewed by Tara on Dec 29 2012

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel as if it’s another great book by Sandra Brown and one not to be missed! Highly recommended.

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