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Mystery Book Review: Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

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Seeing Red is the first book I read for Sandra Brown. It turned me into an enthusiastic fan of her.

This book was published in 2017. It is a suspenseful story filled with action and excitement.


A ceremony honoring the people killed in a hotel bombing twenty-five years ago connect Kerra Bailey with the man who saved her life when she was a child.

The trigger for this story occurs right after Kerra interviews a national hero about his heroic action.

As a background, Kerra spent the past twenty-five years waiting to show gratitude to the brave man who saved her life. She badly wanted to do an interview with him for the TV station she worked for, but her interview precipitated an attempted murder.

Secrets are exposed about alarming tactics that a bad character used to force people to sign an assurance that served his personal interests.

Main Characters

Kerra Bailey is the central character. She is awfully close to exposing a story that could boost her career as a television journalist. Kerra is afraid of loving and finds it difficult to trust. She becomes attracted to John Trapper, the son of the brave man who saved her life and wants to help him bring the villains to justice. But she is unable to trust him with her heart.

John Trapper, a former ATF agent, is the resentful son of Major Franklin Trapper. He is conflicted between his anger toward his father and his love for him. He uses Kerry as a bait to lure the villain and forces her to go with him from one location to another.

Special agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conduct investigations into breaches of federal laws concerning the trade and distribution of alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, guns, and explosives. They also oversee fire and arson probes. (Wikipedia)

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Major Franklin Trapper is a popular hero who is overpowered by the need to punish the killer of his child.

Set Up

The chapters alternate mostly between Kerra and John. There are lots of actions and movements.

What I Liked About This Book

Chapter one ends with Kerry fleeing the crime scene, leaving the readers not knowing if she made it or if she died. The not-knowing made me want to read more.

The story has several subplots to find out the killer(s) and the leader behind the bombing that killed more than 150 people.

The plan of the hero’s son is to force the villain to confess his crime. His plan goes wrong when someone is murdered by the person who accused him of being the real reason a little child was murdered.

The climax for me happened when the identity of the real villain is uncovered, and he is brought to justice.

This book has a happy conclusion. Kerry is reunited with the man she loves.

What I Did Not Enjoy

The suspicious behavior of the sheriff and his shady deputy made me feel uncomfortable. I want to believe that people in position of power and authority are worthy of the trust that is placed in them.

Kerra realizes that she is in love with John Trapper. He gave her a tough time and I wanted her to make him suffer even more than she did because he used her.

John and Kerra moved from one location to another too many times. Now and then, I found that boring.

Would I Read Another Book by Sandra Brown?

Yes, I would most certainly read Sandra Brown’s books. In fact, I have purchased several of her books.

Who Would I Recommend the Book To?

The Seeing Red book would appeal to fans of thriller suspense novels.

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