Review: Chill Factor by Sandra Brown #Romance #Suspense #Mystery

Title: Chill Factor
Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 16, 2005
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: Ebook
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 560  pages
Reading Challenges: Kindle Unlimited 
BUY: Amazon

I have a few Sandra Brown books on my shelves, and I hope to read them all for 2020. The next of her books on my list was Chill Factor. I was ecstatic when I discovered it was also in Kindle Unlimited so I went with reading the e-book version which made things simpler, when I needed to read during my lunchtime at work.

Chill Factor proved to be an interesting read. The story takes place in the small town of Cleary, where nothing is secret.  Gossip, blackmail and the illegal dispensing of drugs is rampant in this little town and it would appear that the chief of police had no control over the illicit activities. He could not even solve the case of the five women who had gone missing in the last two years, all because he got caught up in his own personal issues.

I thought the mystery was well done. It had me guessing from the start the identity of the person responsible for the missing women and wondering what was their motive. What made this interesting and had me thinking was the fact that the five women who had gone missing had nothing common except for their kidnapper/killer.  There were so many things happening and it was hard figuring out who could be trusted. There were so many suspects, which also included the male protagonist Ben Tierney. Yep, this added to intrigue.  I didn’t like how the FBI handled the situation to begin with, but they redeemed themselves.

The characters proved an interesting bunch. We have Lilly, who finds herself stranded in her cabin with a man she is attracted to, but who may be a serial killer. Ben (Tierney), who proved difficult to read and who has the hots or Lilly. Dutch, the chief of police and Lilly’s ex-husband who was manipulative, selfish, and a serial cheater. Wes, the chief’s best friend a womanizer who had an ego the size of the Pacific Ocean. Then there was Scott, who was heading down a road of self-destruction, which was inevitable with a father like Wes. Then we have William, the town’s pharmacist and his spinster sister Marilee. These two came with their own brand of issues stemming from losing their parents at an early age and a host of other problems.

The story focused on the happenings in the town and the search for the villain, therefore the romance took a back seat. One could not deny the chemistry between Ben and Lilly. They were not strangers as they had met a year ago, but only for a short time. So, their being trapped in her cabin was a reunion of sorts.

Fans of romantic suspense would love Chill Factor. It’s entertaining, riveting and filled with several twists.

268275Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town—the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there’s always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.

It is to this backdrop that Lilly Martin returns to close the sale of her mountain cabin, marking the end of her turbulent eight-year marriage to Dutch Burton, Cleary’s chief of police. Dutch’s reluctance to let her go isn’t Lilly’s only obstacle. As she’s trying to outrun a snowstorm, her car skids on the icy road and strikes a man who emerges from the woods on foot. She recognizes the injured man as Ben Tierney, whom she’d met the previous summer. 

They’re forced to wait out the storm in the cabin, but as the hours of their confinement mount, Lilly begins to wonder if the greatest danger to her safety isn’t the blizzard outside, but the mysterious man right beside her.

Is Ben Tierney the feared abductor? Or is he who he claims to be...her rescuer from harm and from the tragedy that haunts her?


Sandra BrownSandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


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